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Scientists from the Salk Institute and the University of California, San Diego, have for the first time ever been able to profile chemical modifications of DNA molecules in individual neurons. Neurons are brain cells that store and transport information. These chemical modifications differentiate one cell from another. By using molecular and chemical markers, scientists were able to group neurons with different functions into subtypes.
This break-through opens a new segment of research to better understand how the brain works.
Every human being constructs his own reality.
A young student is invited to a wedding party and notices among the guests a very attractive young woman. He really wants to meet and get to know her. However, as a shy person, he needs a while to get the courage to speak to her. He then bravely goes to her and starts a conversation. The young woman is puzzled and gives her girlfriend a questioning look. The young man interprets that look, gets a red head, apologizes and mingles in the crowd again.
How did the young man interpret the situation?
Why did he interpret the look as negative?
Can he really be sure that he has interpreted the look of the lady correctly?
We interpret events in our lives very quickly and apply specific meaning to them. This gives us the impression that what we see and experience are actually one and the same. Because our imagination is so incredibly fast, we feel that the outer experiences are as we experience it, overlooking the fact that often outer experiences are a construct of our imagination or previous experiences. This construct is based on experiences and meaning we have attained and believe in. Ques of new experiences are grouped together based on the correlations of similarities, giving way to similar interpretation and meaning.
In the end, we never react to the world itself, but to our own reactions. In reality, the man did not respond to the bewildered look of woman, but to his own interpretation, the meaning he gave that look. If we change these habitual meanings, then we also change our world. If he interpreted this view differently, or did not attach any importance to it, he would probably have remained and continued conversation. Who knows what could have developed from there….
Henry K. Beecher was the first to write of the Placebo Effect in
„The Powerful Placebo“ in 1955. Placebo stems from the Latin term
meaning I shall please. It is a substance or treatment with no active
The Placebo Effect is a phenomena in which the participant’s condition improves based on perception, expectations and feelings rather than treatment.
Today many scientist world-over have specialized in the research of the power of thought and its effects.
A leading researcher in this field is Dr. Amir Raz, Canada Research Chair in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention, has conducted numerous studies of the impact and effects of the placebo effect.
One such study was conducted to see if the participant in his experiment could get drunk on a virgin drink. The participant, a psychology student, was told the experiment was on the effects of alcohol. He was put under a scanner to monitor his brain activity and then told to drink the given gin and tonic. What the student didn't know was that the gin and tonic was in reality water and tonic and contained no alcohol. Drink after drink the brain scan showed typical brain activity as from someone who is intoxicated. The student’s physical symptoms also were noticeable in which he became giddy and giggly, his speech was slurred and finding the right words to say was difficult.
After having drunk four glasses of water and tonic, he was asked to walk. He could hardly walk straight and felt weak.
In conclusion to the experiment, Dr. Raz informed the student of the content of the experiment and let him know that he in fact had no alcohol in his drinks. Almost immediately, the student was able to talk clearly and the symptoms of the „alcohol“ were gone.
Did the subconscious memory of being drunk cause the student to have similar expectations for his body to react in the manner that he did? Were the suggestions of Dr. Raz enough to create a similar experience?
Expectation, belief and suggestion played a role in the chemistry of the student’s brain resulting in his bodily experience.
The power of thought has been gaining attention in many areas with great success.
In the sports world, coaches often recommend their athletes to visualize specific moves that they use while performing the actual sport.
Studies have shown that training visually is comparable to the "real" training in the physical world. The subconscious mind cannot differentiate between that what is „real“ and that of a vision. These studies have also shown that physiological changes occur within the body just by repetitive thought alone.
Could you imagine creating life affirming situations based on positive input rather than ones based on fear and failure?
Are there situations in which you would have liked to have acted or behaved differently? What prevented you?
Psych-K helps you identify old beliefs that are the basis of unwanted behavioral patterns and to replace them with positive, life affirming beliefs.