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The Faculty Of Imagination: Neural Substrates And Mechanisms

Imagination refers to holding in mind a representation that may not be (yet) 'true' and...

Simulating The Future And Remembering The Past: Are We Prediction Machines?

This post is about an article by Schacter et al (pdf) regarding how the constructiveness of memories...

The Mind- Brain Dichotomy: What It Means To Have A Mind?

Researchers at Harvard, Gray et al, are conducting an ongoing mind survey, and have also reported...

Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder: The Propensity Towards Psychosis

Schizophrenia, as we all know, is one of the most dibilating psychological disorder. It was primarily...

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Sandeep Gautam has a B. Tech. In Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Delhi, which gives him a foothold to opine on matters cognitive and computational.

Cognitive Psychology is his

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PsyBlog has recently posted an article on Cognitive Therapy (CBT) and how it is useful in Depression treatment. this therapy has been shown to be equally effective in Depression as is medication, though this woks in a top-down fashion in the brain (revealed by brain scans), while anti-depressants work in a bottom-up fashion. PsyBlog quotes the following irrational beliefs , as outlined by Beck, that are prominent in Depression.
* Over-generalization. Drawing general conclusions from a single (usually negative) event. E.g. thinking that failing to be promoted at work means a promotion will never come.
* Minimalization and Maximization.