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Written on January 11, 2010 by PsychIE Author in Uncategorized

trastorno bipolar2In an article published in the newspaper 20, about persons who suffer from a bipolar disorder, the professor of psychiatry at the University of Oviedo, Julio Bobes, asserts that there are studies which reveal that these people have a lower life expectancy of some 10 to 15 years.

The difficulty of diagnosing this disorder means that a there is a delay of approximately seven years in its emission, as well as a tendency to suffer from other diseases. Further more, the great importance of changes in mental states may be some of the causes of these people´s situation.



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).



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.



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.



Written on October 15, 2009 by PsychIE Author in Uncategorized

Many studies have been made about space but rarely have missions taken into account the important role played by psychosocial factors as one of the fundamental limitations to the success of research.

For this reason, the European Space Agency (ESA) has decided to finance the first European research team (thanks to an agreement with the University of Cadiz), made up of five psychologists and psychiatrist, who will be in charge  of studying psychosocial factors and neurobehaviours of the space mission crews.

How idea arose, its creation, the explanation of what these psychosocial factors are, as well as their prevention and the protection variables involved, etc, are many of the questions we can ask while listening to the news: you can find the answer in the interview published by COP: “The psychosocial factors in manned space missions-interview with Gabriel González de la Torre”.



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.

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