CogniFit's Science blog: What Have We Learned About The Mind?

What Have We Learned About The Mind?

Why is your child naughty? Why are some people addicted to alcohol, drugs, or gambling? How do you help someone who has been abused as a child? All of these questions depend on scientific research of the mind to help solve them.

Psychologists are trying to find the answer between the human mind and behaviors. Research is trying to understand and explain thought, emotion, and behavior.

People have always been fascinated by human behavior. It wasn’t until the 19th century that psychologists began to consider it an actual science. Today, researchers employ many scientific methods, including experiments, studies, and tests to explain and predict behaviors.

Students of the mind soon realized that the area of psychology covers a huge range of material. The many topics students can study include social behavior, personality, research, methods, therapeutic techniques, etc. Because it is such a large field, many subfields have emerged.

Psychologists today prefer to use more objective scientific methods to predict, understand, and explain human behavior. Many psychologists are working as therapists, helping people overcome mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders.

While effects of stress on the body are mainly thought of in a physical sense, they can also result in mental strain. Stress symptoms of the mind can impair judgment and decision making abilities. Memory lapses and forgetfulness are also common and are on the extreme end of depression. Mental stress can be frightening.

There are many effects of stress on the body and the mind. Symptoms can result in weight gain or loss, chest pains, or sleep disorders. Other effects can cause high blood pressure, loss of sex drive, headaches, hormonal imbalance, or stomach disorders.

Panic attacks and heart attacks are the extreme causes of stress. Memory loss and the inability to concentrate is also a result of stress and usually not of brain injury.

Changes to your brain (temporary or permanent) can be induced by physical injury, physical medical procedures, various chemicals (drugs, either legal or illegal) and will effect and change the mind. Head injuries can result in memory loss. Mind exercise can help you assess and train your cognitive skills.

There are two sections in the mind. One is the conscious mind and the other one is subconscious. You may be aware that the conscious mind works only when we are awake, however the subconscious mind is always working while we are awake and even when we are sleeping. The subconscious mind is responsible for our habits and attitudes towards life.

It is this part of our mind which is responsible for the many reactions in different life situations.