Have you learned a word or concept or seen an item and then suddenly see it everywhere? You’re left with a sense of confusion as to why that thing is so much more common now. That concept right there is the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. Like deja vu where you’ve seen something before but don’t know from what, the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon also experiences that but focuses more on how much more frequently you see that recurring thing.
Social media is everywhere. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, Instagram, you name it. The average person spends nearly 2 hours on social media everyday, typically on those oh-so-convenient phones. Now I’m not an old whippersnapper trying to demonize social media, but take into mind the effects that social media can have on one’s health.
Have you ever had a traumatic experience you wanted to forget? That embarrassing time you peed your pants or that horrible breakup you can’t seem to get over? Sure, we all have; this desire to forget our troubles is often displayed in our woeful imagination and in sci-fi films.
On the flip side, there are people who chronically fall asleep too much, often at unusual times. Like Mr. Benedict from the Mysterious Benedict Society book series, narcoleptics are susceptible to sudden, uncontrollable sleep attacks. Sufferers of this disorder may stop talking midsentence and fall asleep or become extremely drowsy after being triggered by a stressor.
Obviously, randomly sleeping can be inconvenient for sufferers, like in driving, eating, or their daily careers. Narcolepsy is linked to a lack of the neurotransmitter hypocretin, which keeps humans alert and awake.
Apparently, dreams support neural development by stimulating the brain through brain chemical reactions and interactions. This may be why babies sleep for up to 16 hours a day! This way, babies cognitively develop because dreams mimic reality, allowing them space to further explore and understand the world.