Mental Imagery, Creativity and Planetary Survival

This post discusses one of the foundations of human creativity – mental imagery – and its role in human and planetary survival. The post is based on a Keynote Presentation I gave to the Japanese Imagery Association, University of Sapporo, Japan, in August, 2010. Mental imagery – seeing in the “mind’s eye” – can beContinue reading “Mental Imagery, Creativity and Planetary Survival”

Fear is a basic emotion that is activated in response to perceived threat

COVID-19 Milestone Series This post republishes: “The four horsemen of fear: An integrated model of understanding fearexperiences during the COVID-19 pandemic” by Adriano Schimmenti, Joël Billieux and Vladan Starcevic Citation: Schimmenti, A., Billieux,J., Starcevic, V. (2020). The four horsemen of fear: An integrated model of understanding fear experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 17Continue reading “Fear is a basic emotion that is activated in response to perceived threat”

The Fear Motive – Missing from the Model

Capability, opportunity, and motivation to enact hygienic practices in the early stages of theCOVID-19 outbreak in the United Kingdom COVID-19 Milestone Series Extract from the originally published article in the British Journal of Health Psychology (2020), 25, 856–864. Authors: Jilly Gibson Miller et al. Open Access. This is an open access article under the termsContinue reading “The Fear Motive – Missing from the Model”

Unemployment Alters the Set Point for Life Satisfaction

Richard E. Lucas, Andrew E. Clark, Yannis Georgellis, …Ed Diener  January 1, 2004 Research Article available here Abstract According to set-point theories of subjective well-being, people react to events but then return to baseline levels of happiness and satisfaction over time. We tested this idea by examining reaction and adaptation to unemployment in a 15-year longitudinal study of more thanContinue reading “Unemployment Alters the Set Point for Life Satisfaction”

Insights from ME/CFS May Help Unravel the Pathogenesis of Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome

New paper by: Anthony L. Komaroff 1 and W. Ian Lipkin 2 1 Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’sHospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA2 Center for Infection and Immunity, Mailman School of Public Health, ColumbiaUniversity, New York, NY Available here from 7 June 2021 Journal Pre-proofDOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molmed.2021.06.002 Citation: A.L. Komaroff andContinue reading “Insights from ME/CFS May Help Unravel the Pathogenesis of Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome”

Can Long-Covid be Cured with the Mind: Expert Patient or Nutty Professor?

Guest authored by Dr. Keith Geraghty I am a research fellow working from the University of Manchester Centre for Primary Care. A major focus of my work is on medically unexplained symptoms and illness. I promote evidence-based medicine and psychology, so like a detective, I spend a lot of my time discerning ‘good’ and ‘bad’Continue reading “Can Long-Covid be Cured with the Mind: Expert Patient or Nutty Professor?”

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome as a breakdown of homeostasis

David F Marks published on 31 May 2021 here Abstract Homeostasis is a fundamental physiological principle that ensures equilibrium, stability and safety of the organism in a continuously changing and potentially life-threatening environment. This article introduces a new theory of the aetiology of ME/CFS that hypothesises that ME/CFS is caused by a breakdown of homeostasisContinue reading “Myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome as a breakdown of homeostasis”

Neural mechanisms of social homeostasis

Gillian A. Matthews and Kay M. Tye First published: 15 March 2019  https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.14016 Originally published as a REVIEW Open Access Article This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. You areContinue reading “Neural mechanisms of social homeostasis”

Consciousness as a Delusion

In Chasing the Rainbow: The Non-conscious Nature of Being, David Oakley and Peter Halligan (2017) present the theory that consciousness is a delusion. At the time of publication, the paper in Frontiers has received 107,012 views. According to their theory, consciousness is a specially engineered delusion; let’s call it the ‘CAD theory’. Because, to themContinue reading “Consciousness as a Delusion”

“Doctors can commit scientific fraud and financial fraud and not be punished”

Press Release by Dr Myhill concerning Dr Myhill’s Virtual Hearing 22 MARCH 2021 – vs ICO & GMC Doctors can commit scientific fraud and financial fraud and not be punished. This is the conclusion of Dr Sarah Myhill following her recent hearing vs the ICO and GMC. Dr Sarah Myhill tells us “That is officialContinue reading ““Doctors can commit scientific fraud and financial fraud and not be punished””