Category: Psychology & Neuroscience

Why Socializing Drains Introverts More Than Extroverts: Jenn Granneman: Psychology Today

“…extroverts have a more active dopamine reward system than introverts. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s pleasure and reward centers. Having a more active dopamine reward system means that extroverts get more energized and excited by the possibility of reward than introverts. So extroverts are more driven to strike up a conversation…

Scientists Investigate Health Benefits Of Music, Rhythm and Movement (by Sorcha Pollak)

Excerpt from Scientists Investigate Health Benefits Of Music, Rhythm and Movement by Sorcha Pollak | The Irish Times | Tue, Jan 14, 2014, 01:00 NUI Maynooth has announced its involvement in a €3 million EU-funded project investigating whether music and rhythm can help improve mobility. The project, known as BeatHealth, will examine both patients with…

How Dancers Think When They Dance (by David Kohn)

by David Kohn | photo by Toni Gauthier

Neuroscientists haven’t really explored how movement and thought interact, largely because it’s hard for anyone to leap, twist and turn while lying flat in an MRI tube, or connected to a tangle of wires. But with the help of new mobile brain imaging technology, a Maryland researcher now has the beginnings of an answer.

Misophonia: Do Certain Sounds Enrage You?

Neurologists May Know Why Excerpt [click HERE for the rest of the story]: If the sound of a co-worker repeatedly clicking his pen can send you into a flaming furor, take heart: You’re not being hypersensitive, and you’re not alone. Neurologists in the UK have spotted physical differences in the brains of people with this…

Psychological Benefits of Rhythm (by Heleniq Argyrou M.A.)

Excerpt from Psychological Benefits of Rhythm by Heleniq Argyrou M.A. “…the drum has been used since time immemorial as a regular part of healing traditions…” (Klower, 1997) Emotional and creative expression: develops and encourages expression of all kinds of experience non-verbally; then enhances creative self-expression; develops creativity. Emotional release: helps us let go of troubled…