Psychology

"Humans are Social beings." ~ Wikipedia on the word "Human". Duhh!! As if we never knew that!! From the Monkeys, to the Apes, to the Neanderthals and finally to Sapiens, we are all Social beings. We Live as a Group, Hunt as a Group, Eat as a Group, F***, yeah sometimes that too, though I personally don't prefer so. Sorry about the inclusion of Not-so funny topic in a Not-so-serious post. 

Introduction

Intelligence is a topic that has been discussed on this site recently. Defining and describing intelligence can be a difficult thing, there are no shortage of definitions. There are obviously levels of what we may call intelligence going all the way from bacterial behavior to consciousness and self awareness. I will write a series of articles on intelligence, starting at the level where organisms can learn, and call it basic intelligence. Asking whether simpler organisms or evolving systems of such organisms have basic intelligence is a valid point, however I won't go into that here.
If scientists could develop modelling system to predict the yield of a crop in particular area and time by calculating parameters of soil moisture, soil pH, rainfall, temperature range etc there should be some psychological method to gauze the mind of a voter or how to win heart of a voter in a democratic system by permissible means ? Perhaps its too early to suggest this but sooner or later this is going to happen that science will be able to read mind of person opposite to you.

Part guidebook, part workbook, Ariel's book for neurotypical partners is sure to be considered a boon for spouses who know almost nothing about Asperger's Syndrome. Written by  Cindy Ariel, a licensed psychologist who provides therapy for a variety of issues, including relationships, it is an easy-to-read guide to understanding Asperger's Syndrome and why partners on the spectrum behave in ways that may be hard for those unfamiliar with the syndrome to understand.

If you want to irritate a lot of people at once, write an article about evolutionary psychology. Publishing such an article will invariably provoke a firestorm of denunciations and criticisms. Given the vehemence of these attacks, you couldn’t be blamed for thinking that the scientific basis for evolutionary psychology (or “evpsy” as it is sometimes abbreviated) was akin to tarot cards or bloodletting. Yet the basic premise of evpsy—that some aspects of the human brain and behavior were subject to evolutionary pressures—seems to be scientifically sound.
A recent study by University of Alberta researchers Elena Nicoladis and Cassandra Foursha-Stevenson in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology wanted to see whether speaking French (being bilingual) influenced how children assigned gender to objects. It yielded some interesting observations, like that in the unilingual crowd, more cows are boys and cats are girls.
There's a joke that goes when a man gets married, his wife changes everything about him and then complains he's not the man she married.

While it isn't entirely true, the sentiment goes both ways. So if your significant other makes a romantic effort this Valentine's Day, give them some credit for trying instead of remembering all the ways they have let you down. 

A new Northwestern University survey/study says that the more you believe your partner is capable of change and perceive that he or she is trying to improve, the more secure and happy you will feel in your relationship. That is true even if you think your partner could still do more to be a better partner.
The gap between atheists and the religious seems at times to be an impossible divide, almost as if believers and non-believers come from different species. What separates the secular from the sacred? An "Ask the Brains" question on the Scientific American site recently inquired as to any differences between the brain of an atheist and the brain of a religious person. Andrew Newberg, the director of research at the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital in Philadelphia, responded that, yes, in fact, there are some small but perceptible differences between the brains of believers and non-believers.