Mental imagery has the potential to influence perception by directly altering sensory, cognitive, and affective brain activity associated with imagined content.
The mood swings of people with bipolar disorder are influenced by their thoughts according to researchers.
A study by Lancaster University showed that how people interpret everyday experience affects their behavior and hence mood.
They found that positive thoughts like "I will excel in whatever I'm doing" or negative like "I'm going to have a breakdown" influence mood in a way in which a more neutral thought such as "I have a lot on and need to wind down" does not.
The study found that both thoughts and ascent behaviors predicted bipolar risk, characterized by a hypomanic personality style, while negative thoughts and descent behaviors were associated with depression.
Anyone who has worn a cast knows that rebuilding muscle strength once the cast is removed can be difficult. Now researchers at the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute (OMNI) at Ohio University have found that the mind is critical in maintaining muscle strength following a prolonged period of immobilization and that mental imagery may be key in reducing the associated muscle loss.
Using a new imaging technique they developed, scientists have managed to observe and document the vibrations of lysozyme, an antibacterial protein found in many animals.
Psychologists and philosophers have long thought of the brain as the primary tool for all abstract thinking, like reasoning or judgment. But recently, science has been changing its mind on this.
Mit einer neuen Messmethode untersuchten Wissenschaftler Zusammenhänge zwischen zentraler Hirnaktivität und sportlicher Leistung.
I am convinced that we are currently in the midst of a process involving the restructuring of our neuronal networks, and that the catalyst of this process is the high solar-geomagnetic activity whose consequences are feared by so many people today. However, all facts and findings add up to the undeniable conclusion that this evolution will for the first time in human history enable us human beings to use the enormous potential of our brains.
New methods of visualization are revealing surprising patterns within the organization of neurons in the human brain.
Tai chi and postural stability in patients with Parkinson's disease.