People who experience visual imagination have pupillary responses that optimize the amount of light hitting the retina and change in response to imagined items. This pupillary response does not occur in those with aphantasia.
Listening to music helps improve mood and decreases anxiety, regardless of the genre. Researchers found listening to music elicits similar autonomic nervous system activation patterns people experience as a result of exercise. Findings reveal clinically significant improvements in well-being and health-related quality of life associated with music engagement.
With increasing age, people react more positively to both emotional and neutral stimuli, and are better able to positively reframe a negative experience into a positive one.
Young people with higher risk factors for developing bipolar disorder have weakened connections in key brain areas during late adolescence.
Rather than trying to remember a face in its entirety, researchers say focus on the ears and specific facial markings like freckles, moles, or scars, to help build facial recognition skills.
Does the thought of the impending holidays leave you feeling stressed out? Researchers provide hints and tips for reducing anxiety and stress over the holiday period.
30% of people reported changes in cognition, memory, and problems with information processing as a result of social isolation caused by pandemic lockdowns.
Women who know their genetic risk profiles for breast cancer report feeling less stress and fewer regrets following finding out the information than women who decide not to find out about their genetic risk.
Unexpected uncertainty is a motivator for change that prompts us to change our decisions and behaviors, even when changing the decision does not provide a better outcome.
Horror writers may have a hard time attracting those with aphantasia to read their spooky stories. A new study reveals those with aphantasia, a disorder marked by an inability to visualize mental imagery, have a hard time getting spooked by creepy stories. Findings suggest mental imagery may have a closer link to emotional processing and expression than previously believed.
Inducing hallucinations using visual stimuli in a lab setting enables more objective and reliable testing.