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Dreaming brain

Psychosis and Daydreaming by Ivan Tyrrell and Joe Griffin Our observations of hundreds of depressed patients had confirmed that excessive worry puts huge stress on the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep mechanism. Perhaps schizophrenia develops in those particularly imaginative, highly sensitive people who become so stressed...

Guter Sex und Alkohol

An der Abhängigkeit vieler Menschen von Drogenkonsum ist Forscherin Galit Shohat-Ophir ( Israel) interessiert, und sie hat früher schon bemerkt, dass Männchen von Fruchtfliegen gern an angebotenem Alkohol lecken, wenn sie sexuell frustriert sind. Was fehlt ihnen dann bzw. was bringt die Belohnung beim Sex? Zur...

Aspienwomen-1

Von Tania Marschall Tania Marshall is a psychologist, working with individuals having mental health difficulties, anxiety disorders, social phobia and depression. Tania is the best-selling author of the book “AspienPowers: The Unique Constellation of Strengths, Talents and Gifts of Females with Autism Spectrum Conditions” 1. Cognitive/Intellectual...

Inequality in Austria

by Cornelia Dlabaja, University of Vienna Austria has long been known for its high standard of living. Its gross national product per capita is USD 51,300, putting Austria thirteenth in a worldwide ranking (World Bank 2015). However, this does not mean that everyone is rich or...

Carl Jung about Nazis

Carl Jung on psychic problems of the Germans This interview with Carl Jung by Peter Schmid was published in Die Weltwoche (Zurich) for May ii, 1945, under the title “Werden die Seelen Frieden finden?” (Will the Souls Find Peace?). “For the psychologist one thing is clear,...

Austrians are stupid, suggests Google

The most common search terms starting with the phrase ‘Österreicher sind…’ reveals that Google – or rather Google users – do not think too highly of Austrians. Top of the list is the factually questionable ‘Österreicher sind deutsche’ (Austrians are German), followed by ‘sind dumm’ (stupid),...

Motion sickness

by John F. Golding, University of Westminster Motion sickness can be caused by a variety of motion environments and given a sufficiently provocative stimulus almost anyone can be made motion sick. More than two thousand years ago the Greek physician Hippocrates observed that ‘ sailing on...

vertigo

Vestibulopathy

The sense of self and vestibular dysfunction In addition to the deficits in eye movement and postural reflexes that occur following vestibular dysfunction, there is convincing evidence that vestibular loss also causes cognitive and emotional disorders, some of which may be due to the reflexive deficits...

Self-Presentation

Psychology of Selfies Department of Psychology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany Such photos have become enormously popular and it is impossible to visit any social media without seeing our friends’ selfies – self-portraits, taken with a camera or phone. The Google statistics in 2015 reported about 93...

Chemical lobotomy

One of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine is the use of frontal lobotomies. Despite very vague evidence of their effectiveness – lobotomies were standard procedure through the US and Europe for around two decades, until the mid-1950s. Only in US, around 40,000...

The Soviet War Memorial

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen expressed his regrets on The Soviet War Memorial desecration in Vienna, RIA Novosti reports. According to the head of Russian Embassy in Austria Dmitry Lubensky, Alexander Van der Bellen has personally met him yesterday to say he deeply deplores the...

The nature of lie

A lie is a statement used intentionally for the purpose of deception. Lies may be employed to serve a variety of instrumental, interpersonal, or psychological functions for the individuals who use them. In certain situations lying is permitted, expected, or even encouraged. However, believing and acting...

Virtual migration

Globalisation and unemployment Technological advances could now mean white-collar, office-based workers and professionals are at risk of losing their jobs. Knowledge crossing borders in massive amounts is the big new disruptive thing of globalisation. It’s going to help people in Africa and Asia compete more effectively...

Physiognomy and machine intelligence

Artificial intelligence can accurately guess whether people are gay or straight based on photos of their faces. The study from Stanford University – which found that a computer algorithm could correctly distinguish between gay and straight men 81 per cent of the time, and 74 per...

Optical illusions

It is a fact of neuroscience that everything we experience is a figment of our imagination. Although our sensations feel accurate and truthful, they do not necessarily reproduce the physical reality of the outside world. Of course, many experiences in daily life reflect the physical stimuli...