Posts tagged with ‘psychology

TED talk of the day: What makes us feel good about work?

What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn’t just money. But it’s not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.

Johns Hopkins researcher finds the psilocybin sweet spot for long lasting therapeutic use

It’s been known for a long time that certain doses of hallucinogens, especially of LSD, psilocybin and DMT can be incredibly beneficial in “rewiring” the brain to help overcome trauma, mental and emotional issues, addiction and a host of other issues. And now, a study from Johns Hopkins University has found the “sweet spot”, in which the positive effects from the psilocybin dosage outweigh any negative aspects. 

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In the future, prisoners could be forced to feel like they served a thousand year sentence in eight hours

With future biotechnology, prisons could one day carry out sentences on individuals that only occur in the mind. As in, someone is sentenced to multiple life sentences, or in cases of military torture, the unlucky recipient would have their brain tricked into thinking they’d been imprisoned for a thousand years when it’s only been eight hours. Well isn’t that just wonderful.

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Art project “Machine to Be Another” uses Oculus Rift to let people swap genders (NSFW)

Two people with Oculus Rift VR goggles and a whole lot of gender swapped groping and a couple of confused brains who think that the plumbing just changed.

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Time heals all wounds, and that time more accurately is about two years

When something goes really wrong in someone’s life, it’s common to reassure them with the old adage “Time heals all wounds”. And now, science has pegged that period of time in which almost all wounds are healed to about two years. Stop yer cryin.

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Drinking coffee on a regular basis can lower your risk of feeling suicidal

Coffee has its drawbacks, but it’s also got quite a few benefits. One recently discovered benefit is that apparently people who drink a moderate amount of coffee each day can reduce their risk of depression and suicide by 50%.

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Sorry, but it turns out that sex addiction isn’t a real thing

There are lots of things in life you can be addicted to— cigarettes, alcohol, crack, gambling— but according to a new study, sex is not one of those, despite many people who claim otherwise.

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How free-to-play game developers use every psychological trick in the book to empty your bank account

To call companies like King, the creator of Candy Crush Saga and Zynga “game companies” is misleading, because they’re not making games, they’re making money. They take simple game ideas and use a whole book full of psychological trickery and fuckery to get you to fork out money bit by bit. Want more power-ups? Want to get to the next level? Want your crops to grow faster or your buildings to finish quicker? Money money money. These companies aren’t “game companies” as much as they’re dealers of digital crack and they know it, but they could care less.

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How are you feeling? Try the Lüscher Color Test

A simple online version of the Lüscher Color Test, in which colors are used to determine your current emotional and mental state. 

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Or you can just take the test here. It takes just a couple minutes.

Study finds those into BDSM are more well-adjusted than people who are vanilla only

Leather, whips, chains, ball gags and other kinds of kink… it may seem odd to some, but a new study has found that those who enjoy the pleasurable pain are better adjusted, have higher self-esteem and are generally happier and calmer than those who are happy with just vanilla sex.

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Why do we feel nostalgia?

Everybody’s nostalgic about something, but why? Let Vsauce explain.

Stoya on the metaphysics of cocksucking

Porn star and fellatio expert Stoya confronts the question she’s asked most often, the question on giving the perfect blow job. This is a good read for both those who like to give blow jobs, receive blow jobs or anyone who’s just a fan of sex. Or Stoya.

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The science of pornography addiction

It’s the number one topic for internet searches, but do we ever consider how pornography can have lasting neuroplastic effects? Discover the hard science behind the ‘porn epidemic’ - the internet’s drug of choice.

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