Semiosis: Mountain and River

Taborsky, E. (1998) ‘The Mountain and the River: Two levels of codification’. Architectonics Of Semiosis (p. 4) The concept of a force of infinite and continuous power has played and always will play an important role in the human idea of reality. The truths or powers of this force are understood to exist per se […]

Kristeva and Cognitivism

(Kristeva, 2000: p. 42) “You will see that the third model is much less optimistic, but for now let us stay with the second, and The Interpretation of Dreams, and consider Lacan’s con­tribution. In my opinion, the Lacanian assertion that “the subconscious is struc­tured like a language” constitutes a careful reading of this second Freud, […]

Adult Gender and Hand Preference Differences in Eye-Hand Visual Reaction Times

This research study investigated whether eye-hand reaction times (RT) can be related to differences in gender and handedness. The assumption that prompted this study sought to address the (controversial) question of whether masculinity and/or left-handedness might have an effect on adult reaction times over and above those usually found due to individual differences. In the study, reaction time data were collected from forty adult participants (N=40, M/F ratio = 1:1, RH ratio = 1:1) between 22-50yrs using a standardised format reaction time test measurement software application. Participants’ mean simple reaction time scores (msecs) were calculated based upon a sample of one hundred individual simple reaction time tests per participant (i.e. total sample of 4000 reaction times).

Participants were given thirty practice reaction time tests. Practice was followed by one hundred simple reaction time tests. From the total trial sample of simple reaction time scores for each participant mean simple reaction times were found. Mean simple reaction times across gender and handedness were then analysed by comparison of means and between-subject two-way analysis of variance (2×2 ANOVA). In addition, a separate one-way analysis of variance looked at whether age (years) might also be an affective factor in the study.

The study did not find evidence to support the suggestion that adult males performed significantly better than adult females in mean simple reaction times. Findings did appear consistent, however, with other larger studies which have suggested that left-handers results demonstrate a significant and robust positive main effect in reaction time when compared to right-handers.

A short note on ‘active’ and ‘passive’ interventions

‘I don’t wish to “reform” society, really, I am not paranoid. I only want to free thought [Gedanken] and discourse [Rede] from the constraint of useless inhibitions in the relationship between people who are psychoanalytically oriented’ – Ferenczi to Freud (letter) 3 Oct 1910 ___ The following is for discussion purposes, it is nothing more […]

No-man’s-land: On the legacy of the Project

Between psychoanalysis and neuroscience a war torn field exists with all the hallmarks of a no-man’s-land. At the centre of this field however there is a fabulous prize, an objective initially pointed to by Freud (1895) as the natural basis for the Project for a Scientific Psychology. That is, a prize in the form of […]

Authoring obedience

“When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have been committed in the name of rebellion.” C. P. Snow, ‘Either-Or’ (1964)

‘Evenly hovering attention’: a cognitive analytic introduction to attentional listening

This essay aims to discuss the degree to which Anne Treisman’s (1960, 1964) attenuation theory of selective auditory attention clarifies evidence admitting from the dichotic listening paradigm (e.g. Broadbent, 1957, 1958; Cherry, 1953; Conway, Cowan, and Bunting, 2001; Deutsch & Deutsch, 1963; Lavie, 1995; Lavie, Hirst, de Fockert, & Viding, 2004; Moray, 1959; Norman, 1969). […]

Neuroimages: Pretty cool or what?

What is neuroimaging? How does neuroimaging benefit patients and aid professionals in their quest toward providing effective neurological diagnoses and/or treatments? Furthermore, what are some of the implications for patients in a future where neuroimaging might reasonably be assumed as situated at the heart of neurological and neuropsychological investigation?