Neuroscience

Your brain on imagination: It's a lot like reality, study shows

Imagine a barking dog, a furry spider or another perceived threat and your brain and body respond much like they would if you experienced the real thing. Imagine it repeatedly in a safe environment and soon your phobia—and ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

How imagination can help people overcome fear and anxiety

Almost everyone has something they fear – maybe it's spiders, enclosed spaces, or heights. When we encounter these "threats," our hearts might begin to race, or our hands may become sweaty. This is called a threat fear ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Imagination can reduce pain

If you imagine in advance that something is not going to hurt, this could mean you experience less pain. This discovery was made by health psychologist Kaya Peerdeman during her Ph.D. research on the placebo effect. Ph.D. ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Be more patient? Imagine that.

How often do you act impulsively without considering the consequences? What if you could learn how to be more patient?

Psychology & Psychiatry

Myths about psychopaths busted

(Medical Xpress) -- New research challenges the belief that psychopaths are born not made, and suggests psychopaths may even be able to change their spots.

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