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The Stroop Effect

Run through each list naming each colour that you see, without actually reading the words. If English is your first language the second list will likely cause a little conflict in your brain, slowing you down or causing you to stumble.

Stroop Effect: The Stroop Effect is a psychological test that demonstrates how difficult it is for the brain to overcome certain ingrained, learned responses, such as reading.

This psychological test demonstrates how difficult it is for the brain to overcome certain learned processes such as reading, but hypnotic suggestion has been found to overcome this effect.

The following articles provide a good summary of the research:

Lucid Dreaming and “Inception”: Fact or Fiction?

The premise of Christopher Nolan’s new movie Inception is that people can become conscious creators within the world of their dreams. Is that idea just a fantasy, or is it really possible?

According to the results of a new study, lucid dreaming is a reality in the lives of many, many people.

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Solar Eclipse 2010 Patagonia

Few events have inspired as much magic and mystery throughout the ages as these rare and beautiful alignments, creating profound feelings of connection to our little blue planet.

The Cause of Internet and TV Addiction?

"Psychophysiologist Thomas Mulholland found that after just 30 seconds of watching television the brain begins to produce alpha waves, which indicates torpid (almost comatose) [slow] rates of activity. Alpha brain waves are associated with unfocused, overly receptive states of consciousness. A high frequency alpha waves [sic] does not occur normally when the eyes are open. In fact, Mulholland’s research implies that watching television is neurologically analogous to staring at a blank wall.

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School of Out-of-Body Travel ~ A Practical Guidebook

The practice of phase states of the mind is the hottest and most promising pursuit of the modern age. Unlike in the past, the notions of 'out-of-body travel' and 'astral projection' have already lost their mystical halo, and their real basis has been studied in minute detail from the most non-nonsense approach.

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Varieties of Lucid Dreaming Experience

[LaBerge, S. & DeGracia, D.J. (2000). Varieties of lucid dreaming experience. In R.G. Kunzendorf & B. Wallace (Eds.), Individual Differences in Conscious Experience (pp. 269-307). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

"The range of subjective experiences reported to occur during dreaming appears wider and more variable than those typical of waking. In this chapter we will focus on the nature of experience in lucid dreams."

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Alpha, beta, gamma: The language of brainwaves

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I'VE just had a brainwave. Oh, and there's another. And another! In fact, you will have had thousands of them since you started reading this sentence. These waves of electricity flow around our brains every second of the day, allowing neurons to communicate while we walk, talk, think and feel.

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The Various Manifestations of Déjà Vu Experience

Déjà vu refers to "any subjectively inappropriate impression of familiarity of a present experience with an undefined past." (Neppe, 1983, The Psychology of Déjà Vu)

Check out this article for a full list of terms for the different variations of déjà vu..

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