Somatic Marker Hypothesis
Sensory information activates the VPFC
causes autonomic arousal
creates nonconcious bias that serves to facilities cognitive (conscious) evaluation of the
Left side of the PFC is more positive feeling information,
E.g. guessing shapes or spatial locations of shapes on a screen or movement direction of
dots on a screen.
E.g. Anton-Babinski syndrome: full cortical blindness but conscious denial of it and insistence that
September 22, 2011.
Backward rationalization which resolves our uncontrolled emotion and the brain makes us believe that we do control our emotion and act the way we act.
We are prisoners to our past, because it had laid down the elements in our brain t
September 20, 2011
Possibly the biggest influence on subsequent psychology was Darwin's theory of evolution
by natural selection.
built on previous ideas of evolution: Erasmus Darwin; Lamarck
Interestingly, Darwins ideas were influences by geolo
History of Psychology
The science of psychology has come a very very long way over the past few thousand years.
Science has always been contextualized in a larger set of societal/historical/political/ideologic al/economic processes.
September 15, 2011.
We dont live in the real world, but in a constructed representation.
this construction process involves interpreting patterns pf sensory information with pre-existing patterns stored in the brain.
Limited capacity to process informa
September 13, 2011.
Psychology provides important insights into people and is used in counseling, teaching, re search, selling cars, consulting, management, activism.
It is a very broad discipline, overlapping with many other are
Definitions of Mindfulness and the Mechanism of Attention
NEW331: Buddhism and the Science of Mindfulness Meditation
The study of mindfulness is a well-recognized field in not only Buddhist studies, but also
Attention and the Definition of Mindfulness
Ellen Langer's work on mindfulness has been credited by many for pioneering the field. In
particular, many of her works (Langer 1992; Langer et al 1996; Langer and 2000; Langer 2005)
have helped explicate such c
While initial studies of mindfulness were initially rooted in Buddhist tradition, in recent
years there has been much research done about the possible therapeutical benefits of
mindfulness practice, from relieving stress to treating clinical depr