When we hug and embrace those that we love, a special kind of magic is released and exchanged.  It is a powerful and intimate moment that feels us with warmth, hope, and a profound sense of belonging.  For that moment in time we lose ourselves, our cares, our worries, and the past and the future…

The Psychology of Choice As it turns out, science has proven that, when a commercial or magazine says that something is “trending”, that actually does mean something in a measurable sociological sense. According to a book entitled “Philosophy and Psychology”, humans are very much influenced by what other people around them are wearing, doing, buying,…

Through the Eyes of Bertrand Russell “Thus contemplation enlarges not only the objects of our thoughts, but also the objects of our actions and our affections: it makes us citizens of the universe, not only of one walled city at war with all the rest.” This quote, taken from Bertrand Russell’s writings entitled “The Problems…

Crime vs. Deviance – Is There Really a Difference? The term “deviance” can be a foggy concept, mostly because it’s more of a philosophical or psychological concept than a simple word. What is deviance? A word like “crime”, on the other hand, is easy to define. A crime is an act involved with breaking the…

Exploration of the Imagination What is imagination?  Defined by Merriam-Webster, imagination is “The ability to imagine things that are not real: the ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced, or to think of new things.” It seems like the very idea of defining imagination is…

The Power of Thought Mahatma Gandhi once said that “A man is but the product of his thoughts – what he thinks, he becomes.”  The potential power of our thoughts can help us experience great elation or great trepidation.  The philosophy of a glass being either half-full or half-empty is based solely upon our attitudes,…

Mushrooms: The Fungus Among Us Among being some of the most nutritious vegetables in the world, although they are not technically plants, mushrooms share a rich story in the history of the earth, and are magically beneficial to our minds and our bodies.  A part of the Fungi Kingdom, mushrooms are the largest organisms on…

The Science of Dreams Dreams are an amazing and wonderful enigma.  Dreams are a universal occurrence, and not one human being is excluded from this experience.  But what are dreams? Dreaming is a state of consciousness portrayed by emotional, cognitive, and sensory occurrences when we sleep.  Dreams are fascinating stories that take place in the…

The Effects of Daily Work on Cognition Most people do not have the benefit of a regular 9 to 5 work schedule.  The average person has shifts that vary from week to week in their particular occupation.  According to a VISAT longitudinal study, long-term shift work can have chronic effects on cognition.  Shift work, very similar…

Prison Pups One of the most amazing and beneficial elements about effective dog training is the impact that training has had on the seeing and hearing impaired citizens of America. Many disabled individuals have found a new sense of independence through the help of assistance dogs. Because of this, a new and exciting training system…