Ideas tagged with psychology

Affectivity to liminality a factor in psychogenesis

A liminal phase is one where the subject experiences his existence as being in a non-controlled or controllable environment, one that is insecure, unfamiliar and thus anxiety producing. Everyone routinely slips in and out of liminal phases from work, inter and intra personal interactions, famil...

By Jonathan Sparkes

Relationship Between Violent Media and Individuals Demonstrating Aggressive Behavior

The research's results vary on violent media's effect with some saying it has the effect of aggression while some say the opposite. However, although there have been multiple studies conducted about violent media's effect on the general population, there are a limited number of studies that focu...

By Jiwon Lee

Suggestion: Is a change in perception necessary to modulate cognitive conflict?

It has been suggested that when in a highly focused state, some individuals can better utilise attentional resources allowing them to ignore stimuli which may be distracting. Further, it has been postulated that hypnosis is nessesary in alleviating cognitive conflict that impairs task specific a...

By Umair Akram

Does it take longer to choose among more alternatives?

From an optimization-view of human decision making it makes sense that choosing among more alternatives would take longer, simply because there are more alternatives to evaluate before deciding. If humans use simple rules of thumb or use satificing rather than maximizing strategies, it is far fr...

By Andreas Bergh

Role of perspective in motion sickness induced by navigating a virtual environment

Some individuals report experiencing motion sickness when navigating virtual environments. While field-of-view may mediate this effect ([Bos et al., 2010](http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2009.11.007)), perspective may be another relevant factor. With respect to imagery, first-person perspecti...

By Christopher Madan

Neurocognitive basis of procrastination: the need for more startlines than deadlines

Research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience has provided evidence that goals are maintained by sustained goal representations in prefrontal cortex ([Miller & Cohen, 2001](http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.neuro.24.1.167)). Such goal representations contain details regarding the final goal ...

By Michael Cole

What do humans strive for, generally? A universal description of humans’ motivation to act.

When one considers a general and universal description of humans’ motivation to act, probably reproduction, or biological fitness, comes to mind (Darwin, 1859). However, there is an abundance of residual behaviour, across humans’ life domains (e.g., cultural, social, occupational), which is unex...

By Tobias Kordsmeyer