Category:
Psychology

Voters with amnesia



A study recently published in the American Journal of Political Science found that patients suffering from profound amnesia can still make pretty good voting decisions. That is, even though the patients couldn't remember who the candidates were, or what their positions on issues were, they still somehow picked out the ones whose political views were similar to their own. From the abstract:

We report here that amnesic patients, despite not being able to remember any issue information, consistently voted for candidates with favored political positions. Thus, sound voting decisions do not require recall or recognition of previously learned associations between candidates and their issue positions. This result supports a multiple memory systems model of political decision making.

I'm not sure whether these results have any relevance to the American electorate. After all, the amnesic patients once knew the candidates' positions, but forgot them. But what about voters who don't know the positions and issues to begin with?

More info — Voting without Remembering: Insights from Patients with Amnesia

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 29, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Politics, Psychology

More Blacky Pictures Test Pix

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A little more ingenious searching allowed me to find three additional Blacky images.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 08, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Sexuality, Psychology, Children, Dogs, 1950s

The Blacky Pictures Test

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What kind of kids' book is this? A Freudian one, to elicit psychosexual reactions from unsuspecting youngsters. Kids would be asked to interpret these loaded pictures, telling stories that revealed their supposed neuroses. Poor Oedipal Blacky, chewing up "Mama's" collar!

The Blacky Pictures were developed in 1950. They have been described as ‘a technique for the exploration of personality dynamics’ in children. They were developed by G. S. Blum in 1949. Each of the 12 cards making up the test feature a dog named ‘Blacky’. Each cartoon represents a different stage of psychosexual development (the way sexual behaviour develops, according to psychoanalysts). The test also looks at family relationships.


These five images are the only ones I have been able to find on the web, out of the 12 originals.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 08, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Sexuality, Psychology, Children, Dogs, 1950s

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or Braingasms

The Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) Research & Support site defines the phenomenon as, "a physical sensation characterized by a pleasurable tingling that typically begins in the head and scalp, and often moves down the spine and through the limbs." Various stimuli can trigger the sensation -- certain kinds of sights, sounds, and situations. It's sometimes referred to as a "braingasm".

I'm not sure whether ASMR is considered to be a scientifically verified phenomenon. Nevertheless, there's a sizable community of people who actively seek the sensation, and they post videos on youtube designed to trigger it. That's why, if you wade deep enough into the depths of youtube, you'll eventually come across a whole slew of odd ASMR-trigger videos, such as this one of the sounds of gift wrapping



I believe that the whisper videos I posted about yesterday are related to this ASMR phenomenon -- because whispering can be an ASMR trigger. That is, most people simply find it annoying to have to strain to hear someone whispering, but there are a few who are getting a tingly, braingasm feeling from it.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 19, 2012 - Comments (16)
Category: Emotions, Subcultures, Psychology, Brain

Ulcer at Work



The angst, treachery, ennui, hatred, jealousy, disdain, remorse-- It's as if Alfred Hitchcock had directed a PSA.....

And to think that we now know the condition is caused by a bacterium.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 18, 2011 - Comments (6)
Category: Medicine, PSA's, Psychology, Stomach

John Pugh



Non-embeddable short documentary here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 14, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Art, Pop Art, Surrealism, Psychology

Sleep Artist


The Man Who Draws in His Sleep

Article here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 02, 2011 - Comments (6)
Category: Art, Psychology, Europe, Brain

Self-Conscious Guy



In these days of awards-for-everyone and unjustified egotism, this fellow looks like a prince of humility and restraint.

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 31, 2011 - Comments (5)
Category: PSA's, Psychology, Teenagers, 1950s

Neuroticfish



And they say you can't remake a classic!

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 30, 2011 - Comments (5)
Category: Dreams and Nightmares, Psychology, 1960s, Blood

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