Archive for the ‘Psychology’ Category

Visualizing Imagination

Friday, March 21st, 2014

What do you do when you have an idea? How do you think about it? If you’re like me or like most people, you probably imagine this idea in terms of visual images. Irrespective of what the idea is, be it an object, a plan for doing something, or an abstract concept, the first tendency is to try and view it in some way. You are basically doing a “rapid mental prototype” of your idea or concept.

Now imagine how could it would be if you wouldn’t need to learn to draw in order to get these images out of your head in an almost 1-to-1 mapping. Yes, these days are not far away and brain scanning makes it all possible. Just take a look:

If we will be able to extract the images and the sketches from our heads, simply by imagining them, what would this mean? The potential implications are endless: drawing by thought, getting ideas quickly to paper, recording dreams, and many more.

So what would you do if you could get your mental images on paper?

Present Your Emotions

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

A new trend is swooping over from Asia and its known as neurowear. The idea is that humans could be augmented with various robotic wearable devices that allow users to communicate emotions, preferences, states of mind, etc. Most of these devices rely on BCI headsets in order to read the brain activity of the person wearing it and interpreting these signals in order to allow the wearable devices to react. And here are a couple of examples for this: wearable cat ears (necomimi) and [dog?] tails (shippo), that move based on the emotional and arousal level of the user.

Are You A Defensive Pessimist?

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Do friends tell you you’re a pessimist, although you don’t feel as such? Do you look at possible negative paths things can take, but don’t spend all day fixed in a negative thinking pattern? Do you imagine possible negative outcomes in order to prepare yourself better? Then odds are that you’re a defensive pessimist. Seem more about the topic here.

The EPOC Headset Is Going Out

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Yes, as you can see here, researchers have finally taken the EPOC headset on the streets. In this case, it’s a study that took place on the streets of Edinburgh, about the correlation of emotional states and the environment of the various city areas. Cool, right?

Happiness Cannot Be Pursued. One Must Have A Reason To Be Happy

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

This article captures exactly my views about happiness. The idea is simple: you can’t simply seek happiness. Happiness should be the result of your being, your thoughts, your actions. You can only define yourself, improve yourself, and as such be happy when you see results.

“Partly what we do as human beings is to take care of others and contribute to others. This makes life meaningful but it does not necessarily make us happy.”

If your goal is purely happiness, you might be able to find it in some way, but only for a brief period of time. Truly happy people are defined by their being, their purpose, their decisions. Don’t simply say “I want to be happy”. Try and focus on “I want to be better, I want to be more, I want to have a purpose” and you’ll see how happiness will also be around the corner.

“Being human always points, and is directed, to something or someone, other than oneself — be it a meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter. The more one forgets himself — by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love — the more human he is.”

Our Brain Is Not Perfect… Not At All

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Here’s a talk about the magic of the brain, or more precisely, how easy it is to push the human brain into making errors, be it based on assumptions, optical illusions or other sensory alterations.

Listen

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

The importance, the power of sound.

The Origins Of Pleasure? Or The Plesure Of The Original?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

But I think I would generalize this talk to “things that make us happy”.

Reading People Or People Hacking

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Well, this is pretty much a talk about how to read the gestures and facial expressions of people. For those of you that know the TV series Lie to me, this will seem very familiar.

Plants Can Feel

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Ok, maybe not exactly like you and me, but it still feels. Check out the following short documentations (German) to see how.