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30
Nov

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE THE BRAIN TO FIND THE RIGHT WORDS?

Written on November 30, 2009 by PsychIE Author in Uncategorized

busquedadepalabrasWe came across a reasearch article in the digital version of the newspaperEl Mundo” where a team of researchers at “Universidad de Pompeu Fabra” and “El Instituto Catalán de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados” (ICREA) in Barcelona, have studied the time tha human brain needs to access information associated with word, and how long it takes to select the most suitable word relative to particular discourse.

This first study, wich demostrates direct proof of cerebral activity in real time, froms part of a broader objective whose aim is the development of a temporal map of the different stages of processing which the brain must carry out in order to speak.

The results of this research can be found in the digital version of the magazine “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” (PNAS).

27
Oct

THE WEAKNESS OF HUMAN MEMORY

Written on October 27, 2009 by PsychIE Author in Uncategorized

cerebro2The human brain is still a great enigma to us all, but as we continue to discover the brain´s powerful potential, we become aware, at the same time, of some of its weaknesses.

As a matter of fact, I came across a news item “Consiguen implantar falsos recuerdos en la memoria mediante técnicas de sugestión” (instilling false memories via techniques of suggestion) which shows how a group of researchers at the University of California-Irvine have studied one of the great weaknesses of human memory, namely the ease with which it may be tricked.

Thay investigated the possibility of creating fictional events in the lives of a group of people by means of suggestion, as well as changing real events using the same technique. The experiment succeeded in showing how these persons remembered events as real, exactly as they had been told.

26
Oct

VIRTUAL BEHAVIOUR

Written on October 26, 2009 by PsychIE Author in Uncategorized

SchoolPsychology2Currently, psychologists find themselves operating within a new sphere of human action, namely that of virtual communication, froming part of the technological progress which surrounds us.

Consequently, a group of students at IE University has decided to carry out research into the this virtual world, little known to psychology. The main objetive of their study is the analysis of virtual-behaviour characteristics, possiblilities and psychosocial risks, with the final aim of designing tools and techniques for evaluation and assessment.

Studies undertaken in the principle virtual platforms, including those as well-known as “Second Life”, suggest that althoughvirtual behaviour has its own particular qualities, it is strongly conditioned by the user´s personal characteristics (motivation, attitudes to privacy and the medium itself, assumed roles).

Finally, we can highlight the creation of a “Virtaul Behaviour Research and Assessment Center” to attend the psychosocial needs identified.

For more information:sarojas.psg@alumno.ie.edu

26
Oct

HOW DOES THE BODY INFLUENCE OUR MINDS?

Written on October 26, 2009 by PsychIE Author in Uncategorized

posturas1The great influence of the body on the mind is well-known, but the power of body posture goes beyond what we had previously thought according to an article “La postura corporal influye en la confianza de los pensamientos” (Body posture influences the confidence of thinking). Research, published in the European Journal of Social Psychology carried out by the professor of the Department of Social Psychology and Health at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Pablo Briñol, along with collaborators, Richard Petty and Ben Wagner from Ohio State University, has obtained results which show how body posture affects the mind in a far more complex way than one might first have imagined. This is clearly demonstrated by the meta-cognitive process called “self-reinforcement”, whereby the confidence which results from a firm body posture reinforces any thoughts which we may have in that moment.

15
Oct

CAN BRAIN ACTIVITY BE UNDERSTOOD?

Written on October 15, 2009 by PsychIE Author in Uncategorized

1072657_brainy_peopleWe all know the importance of an organ such as the brain for every human being. It´s complexity is incalculable, its diversity of function, pathologies, components, etc, combined with the difficult of studying it have made it, and still make it, a great mystery to researchers.

Thanks to a study developed by Tom M. Mitchell and his collaborators at the University of Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh (United States) an approximation towards an understanding of cerebral activity has been obtained using an information systems model which acts as a tool for identifying and understanding cognitive processes and for developing treatments for specific problems pertaining to language and learning.

You can check this out by reading the following article: “The Computer Which Reads Your Mind”.

29
Sep

PROJECT “SECURITY IN DIVERSITY”

Written on September 29, 2009 by PsychIE Author in Uncategorized

invest.miguel.2The South American continent houses large cities at the height of their development. But it is also home to a large part of the most dangerous districts in the world. The professor of the School of Psychology at IE University, Dr. Miguel Angel Gandarillas, coordinator of the European project “Security in Diversity”, has finalised a visit to the sites with the highest ratio of murders and violence. As a general  conclusion, he has encountered a number of practices which are of great value for their creativity and innovation and which are bringing about a significant increase in the effectiveness of reducing crime and offences.

The project “Security in Diversity”, coordinated by the IE University, studies good innovative practices at an internacional level and analyses the feasibility of adapting new methods to the Madrid Central District using the approach of incorporating elements of social and cultural diversity in the improvement of citizen security as a strategy for social development and integration.

In the photo, the coordinator of the project next to Sergeant Adolfo Lora (from the Comunitaria de Jardim Ranieri base), on a field visit to the “Favela Jardim Angela” which the UN declared the most dangerous place in the world 10 years ago and which has now seen an extraordinary reduction in crime since the creation of the Community Police.

25
Sep

WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT: WHAT WE SAY OR WHAT WE DON´T SAY?

Written on September 25, 2009 by PsychIE Author in Uncategorized

SociometroUndoubtedly, at various times in your life, you have prepared a speech only to find yourself in this situation: such as attending a job interview or having to say something important to someone while controlling subsequent after-effects.

Well, researchers al MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) have created a “socialmeter”, based on the idea that we don´t say more important than what we are really saying: check it out in “Create a device capable of measuring non-verbal language”

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