posted on Apr, 22 2004 @ 11:19 PM
Originally posted by DeusEx
Neuroscience is proving to be where the leaps and bounds are being made, my friend. As more and more research on the function of the brain and
genetics is loaded into the psychological profession, it's changing. Very rarely do you simply talking things out or look at ink blots- instead, a
psychologist sits you down, wires you up to an EEG device, and gives you a series of tests if he suspects psyhopathological symptoms.
Times are changing, JJ. Just because cars aren't made by hand anymore doesn't mean the industry is shrinking.
When I said "We have yet to unlock the mind, and how it works, and until we do that, psychology will remain a pseudo-science." I was refering to
exactly that. Just recently we have discovered ways of mesuring brain activity, and what it means, and this has been a leap forward for psychology.
However, there's still the question, in neurscience, as to why a scent, which is registered in one part of the brain, trigger a memory or emotion in
another part of the brain. I was reading about a study where an answer may be at hand, and this would be another great leap forward for both
neuroscience and psychology. There's a theory supported by strong evidence that while neurons communicate largley through electrical stimuli, glia
may be communicating at the same time chemically.
If this proves true, new instruments will be developed which will be able to monitor this activity, as well, and cause both sciences to advance
In all the sciences, advances have been limited by the equipment used to measure and detect. As I said before "We have unlocked all the secrets of
the solar system" Then new advances in measurement tools were made, and we realized we really didn't know anything about the solar system exceot
there were 8 planets. Whoop, now there's 9, maybe even 10.
If we manage to decifer how the brain communicates with it's self even more, we will be able to make even more advances in the realm of psychology.
I'm not bashing it as useless, every science started out in the "pondering" stage, and slowly measuring instruments were developed with stronger
and more accurate results. As they come out, even more discoveries come out. Psychology and neuroscience haven't had a way to measure brain activity
until recently, as opposed to the stars, which we've had equipment to measure them since at least the 1600s.