Psychology

Towards a Cognitive Neuroscience of the Dying Brain

From the archives, Jason J Braithwaite offers an in-depth analysis and critique of the survivalist’s neuroscience of near-death experiences

Could lucid dreaming be the answer to avoiding persistent, recurring nightmares?

Learning how to consciously control and alter your dream environment through lucid dreaming may offer relief to sufferers of recurrent nightmares

The self-help industry is booming, but its advice is rarely based on solid evidence

From love languages, to Good Vibes, to The Secret, the self-help industry is thriving - even though less than a fifth of self-help books are based on empirical research

Where mental illness is blamed on spirits, we need to be human to reach people

Some religious cultures misattribute mental health issues to spiritual possession - they won't seek help if care directly challenges their faith

Exploding Head Syndrome is no joke – and neither is sleep paralysis

Sufferers of sleep paralysis and exploding head syndrome would experience less distress if more medical professionals were familiar with these relatively common conditions.

‘A Mystery to Ourselves’: from the Witches of Warboys, to an epidemic of Tik Tok tics

Our lives, our peers and the times we live in can have compelling effects on the afflictions we experience - whether those afflictions are physical, or psychological

ASMR: the emerging scientific quest to understand brain ‘tingles’

Science has only recently begun to explore ASMR - but the consistency of the reports from those who experience it suggest there's something worth understanding.

Why I now believe parapsychology is a science not a pseudoscience

The undeniable presence of poor practices in parapsychology doesn't mean the whole field is pseudoscientific - genuine scientific inquiry is still taking place

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