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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

New book challenges the concept of 'nudge'
Buying houses one can't afford, not saving for the future, failing to stick to one's diet, the list of examples of bad decision-making is lengthy. Psychologists and behavioral economists tell us that our unconscious mind is the problem, but also the solution, at least if we use 'nudge', an approach developed by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein to shape the unconscious mind. (2014-05-16)

Penn Medicine points to new ways to prevent relapse in cocaine-addicted patients
Relapse is a painful and expensive feature of drug addiction. Though some relapse triggers can be consciously avoided, other subconscious triggers may be impossible to avoid -- they can gain entry to the unconscious brain, setting the stage for relapse. Penn Medicine researchers have found that the drug baclofen can help block the impact of the brain's response to 'unconscious' triggers before conscious craving occurs. They suggest that this can prevent cocaine relapse. (2014-04-01)

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)

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)

Our brains can (unconsciously) save us from temptation
Inhibitory self control -- not picking up a cigarette, not having a second drink, not spending when we should be saving -- can operate without our awareness or intention. (2013-08-07)

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)

Study reveals how bicultural consumers respond to marketing cues
This study reveals how bicultural consumers respond to marketing cues. (2012-10-04)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Current decisions shape your future preferences
Psychologists have known for a long time that after you make a choice, you adjust your opinion to think better of the thing you chose. Now a new study has found that this is true even if you don't know the options that you're choosing between. (2010-09-23)

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)

Now you see it, now you know you see it
A new study by Tel Aviv University psychologists says that time lag between unconscious perception and conscious recognition of a visual stimulus can vary depending on the complexity of the stimulus. (2009-11-30)

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)

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)

Health campaigns that promote exercise may cause people to eat more
New research from the University of Illinois suggests that weight-loss campaigns that promote exercise may actually cause people to eat more. (2009-02-27)

MU researcher demonstrates non-traditional therapy is effective as pain management
According to a new study at the University of Missouri, researchers discovered that 73 percent of patients receiving Non-Contact Therapeutic Touch experienced a significant reduction in pain, had fewer requests for medication, and slept more comfortably following surgery. (2009-02-16)

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