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Neuropathic pain unmasks subliminal excitation in pain processing circuits
Research by Steven Prescott, at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, sheds new light on the mechanism underlying the establishment of neuropathic pain. Experiments by Kwan Lee and Stéphanie Ratté in the Prescott lab show that dysregulation of chloride reduces inhibition across pain processing circuits, unmasking vast amounts of subliminal excitation in neurons that promote transmission of pain signals. These results were presented at the 10th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting, on June 1, in Toronto. (2016-06-01)

Autism and the smell of fear
Autism typically involves the inability to read social cues. We most often associate this with visual difficulty in interpreting facial expression, but new research at the Weizmann Institute of Science suggests that the sense of smell may also play a central role in autism. (2017-11-27)

CCNY physicists use mathematics to trace neuro transitions
Unique in its application of a mathematical model to understand how the brain transitions from consciousness to unconscious behavior, a study at The City College of New York's Benjamin Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics may have just advanced neuroscience appreciably. The findings, surprisingly by physicists, suggest that the subliminal state is the most robust part of the conscious network and appear on the cover of the journal 'Neuroscience.' (2019-07-18)

Cut to the chase
A budding relationship or just a one-night stand? The difference may not be immediately obvious, least of all to those involved. However, sex helps initiate romantic relationships between potential partners, a new study finds. (2019-01-09)

Reading the motor intention from brain activity within 100ms
A study by Tokyo Tech researchers has developed a new technique to decode motor intention of humans from Electroencephalography. This technique is motivated by the well documented ability of the brain to predict sensory outcomes of self-generated and imagined actions utilizing so called forward models. The method enabled for the first time, nearly 90% single trial decoding accuracy across tested subjects, within 96 ms of the stimulation, with zero user training, and with no additional cognitive load on the users. (2018-08-03)

Wearing 2 different hats: Moral decisions may depend on the situation
An individual's sense of right or wrong may change depending on their activities at the time -- and they may not be aware of their own shifting moral integrity -- according to a new study looking at why people make ethical or unethical decisions. (2012-05-23)

Is this brain cell your 'mind's eye'?
No-one knows what connects awareness -- the state of consciousness -- with its contents, i.e. thoughts and experiences. Now researchers propose an elegant solution: a literal, structural connection via 'L5p neurons'. Writing in Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, the group offers evidence - and caveats. Their challenge to experimentalists: if consciousness requires L5p neurons, all brain activity without them must be unconscious. (2019-09-30)

Positive subliminal messages on aging improve physical functioning in elderly
Older individuals who are subliminally exposed to positive stereotypes about aging showed improved physical functioning that can last for several weeks, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health has found. (2014-10-20)

Day-time naps help us acquire information not consciously perceived, study finds
The age-old adage 'I'll sleep on it' has proven to be scientifically sound advice, according to a new study which measured changes in people's brain activity and responses before and after a nap. The findings, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, support the advice which suggests that a period of sleep may help weighing up pros and cons or gain insight before making a challenging decision. (2018-10-04)

Subliminal advertising leaves its mark on the brain
UCL (University College London) researchers have found the first physiological evidence that invisible subliminal images do attract the brain's attention on a subconscious level. The wider implication for the study, published in Current Biology, is that techniques such as subliminal advertising, now banned in the UK but still legal in the USA, certainly do leave their mark on the brain. (2007-03-08)

Requirement for high-level mental processing in subliminal learning
We are constantly learning new things as we go about our lives and refining our sensory abilities. How and when these sensory modifications take place is the focus of intense study and debate. In new work, researchers unify two lines of research--our understanding of classical learning and a phenomenon known as the attentional blink--to achieve an important demonstration that high-level mental processing is required even for subliminal learning. (2005-09-22)

Subliminal effect of facial color on fearful faces
Toyohashi Tech researchers have found facial color affects early stage of subliminal processing of facial expression using ERPs, which provided the first neurophysiological evidence showing the effects of facial color on emotional expression perception. This finding may contribute to promoting emotional interaction using avatars in virtual reality-world. (2015-10-22)

A study warns of Spanish children's overexposure to 'junk food' ads on TV
Spanish children are overexposed to TV ads of unhealthy food (burgers, pizzas, soft drinks, chocolate, bakery, etc.) both in generalist and children-oriented channels, a situation that could be described as 'worrying' and which promotes childhood obesity. (2016-11-10)

SF State researcher explores how information enters our brains
A new study by SF State Associate Professor of Psychology Ezequiel Morsella suggests that we have less control over our conscious thoughts than previously assumed. (2018-07-16)

People use handshakes to sniff each other out
Scientists from Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science find that people use the touch of a handshake to transmit chemical signals. (2015-03-03)

Smelly air cannon to tempt shoppers
A new Japanese device that squirts enticing aromas at customers as they walk through stores is so accurate it can actually track the person using a camera mounted on top and aim the smell directly at the target's nose. Is this ingenious in-store advertising or will customers object to having scents forced upon them? (2004-03-31)

Brain scans on movie watchers reveal how we judge people
Researchers used brain scans to reveal the biases people feel towards people who are like them, even if they can't see that they are like them. (2019-04-24)

The secret life of subliminal messaging
Modern consumers of mass media have long been swayed by the notion that secret, invisible messages are embedded in everything from radio commercials to Hollywood blockbusters. With his new book, Charles Acland takes an in-depth look at the complex history of subliminal influence, and questions what the lasting implications may be for our information-saturated modern world. (2012-02-22)

Understanding binge eating and obesity
Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a novel method for evaluating the treatment of obesity-related food behavior. In an effort to further scientific understanding of the underlying problem, they have published the first peer-reviewed video of their technique in JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments. (2014-03-19)

Nice to sniff you: Handshakes may engage our sense of smell
People sniff their hands twice as much after a handshake, according to a Weizmann Institute study. (2015-03-03)

Need help with your goals? Eating better may simply mean following the signs
We all pursue goals. It stands to reason that we meet our goals better when we pursue them consciously. But is that really the case? Perhaps not, according to a forthcoming study in the Journal of Marketing Research. As the study shows, unconscious goal pursuit can be just as beneficial. (2015-11-02)

Nagging spouse? You may have an excuse for not responding
New research findings now appearing online in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology began with a professor's desire to understand why her husband often seemed to ignore her requests for help around the house. The Duke University researchers have demonstrated that some people will act in ways that are not to their own benefit simply because they wish to avoid doing what other people want them to. (2007-02-13)

Subconscious learning shapes pain responses
In a new study led from Sweden's Karolinska Institutet, researchers report that people can be conditioned to associate images with particular pain responses - such as improved tolerance to pain -- even when they are not consciously aware of the images. (2015-05-22)

How fear of death affects human attitudes toward animal life
When reminded of death, humans become more likely to support the killing of animals, no matter how they feel about animal rights, University of Arizona researchers found. Psychology's terror management theory may explain why. The researchers' findings could also help scientists better understand the psychological motivations behind the murder and genocide of humans. (2017-04-24)

Bragging rights: MSU study shows that interventions help women's reluctance to discuss accomplishments
Montana State University research found that women dislike promoting their own accomplishments, but it is possible for negative effects to be offset and to improve self-promotion. (2014-01-13)

Key to subliminal messaging is to keep it negative, study shows
Subliminal messaging is most effective when the message being conveyed is negative, according to new research funded by the Wellcome Trust. (2009-09-27)

Anger makes people want things more
Anger is an interesting emotion for psychologists. On the one hand, it's negative, but then it also has some of the features of positive emotions. For a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, researchers find that associating an object with anger actually makes people want the object -- a kind of motivation that's normally associated with positive emotions. (2010-11-01)

Is your left hand more motivated than your right hand?
Motivation doesn't have to be conscious; your brain can decide how much it wants something without input from your conscious mind. Now a new study shows that both halves of your brain don't even have to agree. Motivation can happen in one side of the brain at a time. (2010-06-29)

The political effects of existential fear
Why did the approval ratings of President George W. Bush -- who was perceived as indecisive before September 11, 2001 -- soar over 90 percent after the terrorist attacks? Because Americans were acutely aware of their own deaths. (2011-10-18)

Athletes perform better when exposed to subliminal visual cues
New research from the University of Kent has found that athletes who are exposed to subliminal visual cues when they are participating in endurance exercise will perform significantly better. (2014-11-27)

New technique to examine how the brain categorizes images
Despite the obvious difference between a chihuahua and a doberman, the human brain effortlessly categorizes them both as dogs, a feat that is thus far beyond the abilities of artificial intelligence. Previous research has established that the brain can recognize and categorize objects extremely rapidly, however the way this process occurs is still largely unknown. Researchers from Monash University have pioneered a new image modulation technique known as semantic wavelet-induced frequency-tagging (SWIFT) to further test how images are processed. (2015-12-21)

The UK government's obesity initiative and ill-judged partnerships
An editorial in this week's Lancet criticizes the strategy of the three-year anti-obesity initiative launched by the UK government in the new year. The campaign aims to make the UK the (2009-01-08)

Scientists shed new light on how the brain processes & maintains what we don't see
A team of scientists has mapped out how our brains process visuals we don't even know we've seen, indicating that the neuronal encoding and maintenance of subliminal images is more substantial than previously thought. (2016-12-07)

Male sweat boosts women's hormone levels
Male sweat, and one particular chemical in male sweat, is known to influence women's moods, and even increase their sexual arousal. Now, a study by Claire Wyart at UC Berkeley shows that the chemical andrastadienone in male sweat also boosts levels of the hormone cortisol in women who sniff it. These findings suggest that andrastadienone may be a human pheromone, causing both behavioral and hormonal changes in women. (2007-02-06)

You can classify words in your sleep
When people practice simple word classification tasks before nodding off -- knowing that a 'cat' is an animal or that 'flipu' isn't found in the dictionary, for example -- their brains will unconsciously continue to make those classifications even in sleep. The findings show that some parts of the brain behave similarly whether we are asleep or awake and pave the way for further studies on the processing capacity of our sleeping brains, the researchers say. (2014-09-11)

Evidence that subliminal is not so 'sub'
The popular notion of subliminal information is that it streams into an unguarded mind, unchecked and unprocessed. However, neurobiologists' experiments are now revealing that the brain does consciously process subliminal information and that such processing influences how that subliminal information is perceived. (2006-11-08)

The Romans used Greek myths in their mosaics as symbols of civilization
Research that was coordinated at Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) analyzes the mythological images in Roman mosaics and shows that members of the most powerful elite selected Greek gods and heroes as symbols of universal values that reinforced what Rome stood for. (2012-10-15)

Barrow scientists make headlines for their research on fixational eye movements
Susana Martinez-Conde, Ph.D., director of the Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience, and Stephen Macknik, Ph.D., director of the Laboratory of Behavioral Neurophysiology at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, are featured on the cover of the August issue of Scientific American for their research on fixational eye movements. The pair was also featured in a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal. (2007-07-24)

People think marketing and political campaigns use psychology to influence their behaviors
A new study has shown that whilst people think advertising and political campaigns exploit psychological research to control their unconscious behaviors, ultimately they feel the choices they make are still their own. (2019-12-23)

House cats know what they want and how to get it from you
Anyone who has ever had cats knows how difficult it can be to get them to do anything they don't already want to do. But it seems that the house cats themselves have had distinctly less trouble getting humans to do their bidding, according to a report published in the July 14 issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. (2009-07-13)

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