The Body-Brain Connection

It is normal to think that our brains do all the thinking for us; however, the last couple posts have shown that our eyes have influence over how our brain works.

Adding to this knowledge I found that our bodies can also do some of the thinking for our brains. What we see and do with our limbs have control over our choice in situations. This is because in childhood we are hard-wired to know that up is more and down is less, and that right is more and left is less. It is a key trigger button for achieving the illusion of mind reading for mentalists, and politicians even use it as a light form of mind control / persuasion!

This is because how we think is essentially linked in with our ability to remember. If a politician taps into our memory cues using physical actions and motions, they can make us think more positively or negatively in light of a situation. It is a little trickier for mentalists because they need to reverse engineer the process by looking at motion and connecting it to thought and memory.

Synapse and Proteins

An interesting thing to note is that memories are made by forming new proteins around the synapses, essentially this is the glue that seals the connection between a memory and our brain.

Ali x

New Scientist: Mind Over Matter? How Your Body Does the Thinking

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The Psychology of Happiness

Can money buy happiness? A recent study suggests not, but being richer than your friends can. Research has found that happiness is connected to a person’s social rank much more than their size of pocket.

The lead researcher, Dr Chris Boyce, Psychologist, said “Earning £1 million a year appears not to be enough to make you happy if you know your friends all earn £2 million a year”.


I guess this means that happiness might be easier to achieve for some people and much harder for others- depending on how rich your friends are!

If you win the Lottery, think twice before moving house, you may find your new neighbours are richer than you!

Ali x

Seeing Isn’t Always Believing

Cognitive scientists say that we can predict the future up to one-tenth of a second before something actually happens. Our brain is constantly slower than the things that happen around us, this means it takes a little while for our brain to convert what we see into what is actually happening right now.

The lag in what we see and what our brain processes are compensated by our brain’s motor system, it offsets the delay by predicting the events that are most likely to occur. It’s a useful evolutionary trait which has allowed us to close the one-tenth second gap between our sight and our mind.

Optical Illusions work by making our brain predict what should be happening in front of our eyes. The trick is that our mind’s perception does not match that of reality.

Ali x

Live Science: Key to All Optical Illusions Discovered

Zombies in Real Life & Bill Pullman

There’s nothing freakier than zombies, so what if they actually existed? Scary stuff! I remember as a kid there was a movie that was eerie because it was true.

The Serpent and the Rainbow ’touched upon the subject of zombies and how a powerful poison powder (tetrodotoxin) would actually put a person into a near dead state. The freakiest part of this powder was that the person who took this poison became a prisoner in their own body. They are awake but they can’t move or speak…Imagine taking the powder and being buried alive!

I have to give a nod to the switcheroo scene in the movie where Bill Pullman uses sleight of hand to switch the poison vial with a fake vial…I also remember that the nail scene in The Serpent and the Rainbow was extremely uncomfortable to watch as a child, but it was way more horrifying to see the psychological brutality unfold in Hard Candy. So much pain inflicted to male private parts in movies, Ouch.

Ali x