Psychology

Psychology category includes mostly posts from cognitive science and social psychology

Memory. How does the brain remember?

Believe it or not, we have different kinds of memory systems in the brain. In this post, I am going to cover three of them: episodic, procedural and working memory. All of them serve for a different purpose, and research shows that they are independent. It’s perfectly possible to forget how your life has been so far and still remember how to play a piano. 😮 (more…)

Ingroups and outgroups. How we divide people in groups intuitively.

A claim that comes from the very core of the social psychology is that we cannot imagine a life without social groups. If we didn’t group people, we couldn’t even understand who we are ourselves. We build our identity based on the social groups we belong to, such as nationality, profession, gender and so on. 👨🏻‍🎤  👨🏻‍🏫  👨🏻‍🏭 (more…)

Meaning and the brain. What are concepts?

Previously, I have blogged about meaning in language, and especially the dichotomy related to it. Now, I feel, it’s the time to look at the issue from another perspective. Sure, our language models meaning in its own way, but how is it represented in the brain? This post will be about concepts and how they are understood. 🤓 (more…)

Can a computer have a soul? Part 3/3

The idea of a conscious computer has been presented lately in many Hollywood movies such as Her, Ex Machina and Uncanny. Is there a seed of truth to that or is a computer with a soul just Sci-fi that will never see the light of day? Before reading this post any further, take a look the first and second post in this series. ☺️

Previously, I have covered qualia, dualism, identity theories and two materialisms. This time, we are going to dive deep into emergence. (more…)

Can a computer have a soul? Part 2/3

In today’s world computers are developing at an astonishing pace. Tesla and Google are developing self-driving cars, for instance. Are robots going to develop a soul at some point? This is the second post in this series. Make sure you have read the first post before reading this one any further. 🤖

Last week, I covered qualia, dualism and two identity theories. Today, we have two materialisms on the plate: eliminativism and reductionism. Leaving the emergent materialism for the last post of the series. (more…)

Why don't we always see what's in front of our eyes?

You are walking down the street looking in front of you and suddenly, someone says hi to you. You turn your head and see your friend. How did that happen? Why didn’t you see him when you were walking before he caught your attention? These things happen to people, because we are hardwired to ignore most of the things around us. 😮

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Social development - born to be social

Today I’m going to discuss how we become a part of the society. When we are born, we have quite a different moral code we follow, as I described in my earlier post. Other aspects in us are in a continuous development as well, we are dynamic beings who develop over time. And this development doesn’t take place in a vacuum. We are what our surrounding world makes of us, but then again we have the power of influencing in what surrounds us. It’s a two-way street. 😊

We people are inherently social. When we define ourselves the first things that pop into our minds might be that we are of a certain gender, nationality, occupation and so on, and so on. All these labels through which we identify ourselves are social groups. For it is the social that gives us the sense of who we are. I’m like these people, not like them, and so on. (more…)

What is good (and evil)?

Today’s post is all about what good means.😇 Normally, one would take evil into account as well, but since this blog is ought to be about positive subjects, the evil has only little room here. 😉

When a friend does something good to you, let’s say gives you a gift, how do you know it is a good deed? Why is it a good deed and is it universally good?🤔Whether something is good or not is part of the social layer of the reality (see more here). As Nietzsche nicely put it: moral is only in our judgment – actions aren’t good or evil per se. (more…)