Childhood is so special because children have a natural tendency to be creative - every child is an artist in that way,” continues FitzGibbon.
“All that encourages creativity and imagination is linked to empathy and empathy is all about becoming a good, feeling and right-thinking adult. All the studies show that children who are read to when they are young and who are helped to draw and engage with art develop into more empathetic and well-rounded adults.
All that encourages creativity
and imagination is linked
“A lot of work has been done to show that children who are encouraged to imagine and dream become better at recognising and understanding emotion in later life, better at empathising, better at problem solving.
ser niño es mirar las mismas cosas con referentes distintos, esa sería su forma de construir todo este mundo nuevo q explora. pero para el adulto esa sería la creatividad: romper algoritmos, crear otros nuevos. Y tal vez tb pueda ser uno de los caminos a la empatía, aunq no necesariamente eso lleve a la empatía.
"Have you ever noticed how being around nutsy/negative people can make you feel nutsy/negative?
Psychologists call this “emotional contagion” – and there’s even evolutionary reasons for why someone else’s curmudgeonly ways can infect you.
“The original form is the contagion of fear and alarm,” said Frans de Waal, a psychologist and primate expert at Atlanta’s Emory University. “You’re in a flock of birds. One bird suddenly takes off. You have no time to wait and see what’s going on. You take off, too. Otherwise, you’re lunch.”
Translation: Getting caught up in another’s negativity is a hard-wired survival mechanism.
“I have often noticed how primate groups in their entirety enter a similar mood,” de Waal said. “All of a sudden, all of them are playful, hopping around. Or all of them are grumpy. Or all of them are sleepy and settle down. In such cases, the mood contagion serves the function of synchronizing activities. The individual who doesn’t stay in tune with what everyone is doing will lose out, like the traveler who didn’t go the restroom when the bus stopped.”
Translation: Contagion theory of happiness also explains the powerful energy of “mob mentality” and why there’s a tendency for groups of people in a movie theater or concert to share a similar feeling for the move or concert.
Plus psychologists believe that “the contagion theory of happiness” is yet another form of our hard-wired mimicry we humans do – our instinctive human tendency to unconsciously imitate other people’s facial expressions, vocalizations, postures, and body movements.
For example, if someone scratches their nose, you might suddenly feel your nostrils twitch. Or if someone yawns and stretches and gets sleepy, you might yawn and feel more tired too.
Indeed, mimicry is such a strong foundation of our human emotional development that even at a mere 1-hour old, a newborn infant will be hard-wired to mimic a person’s facial gestures.
Hence why you can smile at 1-hour old baby, and this 1-hour old baby will smile back!
Translation: Our built-in human system for mimicry, explains why we humans can transfer our good and bad moods to each other.
The Journal of Applied Psychology offered up a study which showed the downer effects of a downer leader on a group. They took 189 volunteer undergraduates, divided them into 63 groups of 3, and told them they were taking part in a team-building exercise to put up a tent. Then a “leader” was chosen for each team, and shown either of video clip of a “Saturday Night Live” skits or a vignette on torture — to create either a positive/up beat mood or a negative/downer mood.
The result: If a leader was up, the team members’ moods rose. But if the leader was down, everyone became down.
Numerous other studies have also shown how when one person in a romantic coupling gets depressed, the other also becomes more depressed.
Psychologists believe this transfer of emotions is yet another form of empathy.
In London’s University College, psychologist Tonia Singer and colleagues used brain scans to explore empathy in 19 romantic couples. She hooked both individuals to brain scans. One partner in the couple was given a slight electric shock while the other partner watched. Each of their scans showed identical brain reactions. Although only one partner was shocked, both of the partner’s pain center lighted up – as if both had been jolted.
On a more happy note… Howard Friedman, a psychologist at University of California at Irvine thinks “emotional contagion” is also why some people can move and inspire others to positive action – like a good coach or a powerful preacher – or a joyous/exuberant partner in a romantic coupling.
Friedman believes it’s because the happy person’s happy facial expression, happy voice, happy gestures and happy body movements all together conspire to transmit happy emotions to all those around the happy person!"
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A pesar de que es incuestionable que nuestra vida es más fácil gracias a Internet y los dispositivos electrónicos, estos tienen también su lado perjudicial, ya que son responsables de al menos ocho nuevas enfermedades reconocidas.
Miguel Garcia's insight:
no creo q sean enfermedades. En todo caso estos dispositivos; ¿podrían poner en evidencia los rasgos de cada persona y su posibilidad de adaptarlos exitosamente a su vida diaria o no?.
This joint article reflects the authors’ personal views regarding noteworthy advances in the neuroscience of consciousness in the last ten years, and suggests what we feel may be promising future directions. (...) we summarize recent advances in our understanding of subjectivity in humans and other animals, including empirical, applied, technical and conceptual insights. These include the evidence for the importance of fronto-parietal connectivity and of feedback processes, both of which enable information to travel across distant cortical areas effectively, as well as numerous dissociations between consciousness and cognitive functions, such as attention, in humans. In addition, we describe the development of mental imagery paradigms, which made it possible to identify covert awareness in non-responsive subjects. Non-human animal consciousness research has also witnessed substantial advances on the specific role of cortical areas and higher order thalamus for consciousness, thanks to important technological advances. In addition, much progress has been made in the understanding of non-vertebrate cognition relevant to possible conscious states. Finally, major advances have been made in theories of consciousness, and also in their comparison with the available evidence. Along with reviewing these findings, each author suggests future avenues for research in their field of investigation.
Consciousness in humans and non-human animals: Recent advances and future directions. Melanie Boly, Anil K. Seth, Melanie Wilke, Paul Ingmundson, Bernard Baars, Steven Laureys, David Edelman and Naotsugu Tsuchiya
Research has shown that when adults see someone else getting hurt, their brain responds as if they themselves are suffering—compelling evidence for the deep roots of human empathy. Now, a new study indicates that children’s brains react in much the same way, suggesting that the roots of empathy may even be innate.
You are hardly alone if you believe that humanity is divided into two great camps: the left-brain and the right-brain thinkers — those who are logical and analytical vs. those who are intuitive and creative. It seems to be natural law. Except it isn’t.
Oxytocin sharpens social response in people with autism SFARI News Oxytocin, the infamous 'love hormone,' may attune the brains of people with autism to respond to social information such as facial expressions, researchers reported 2 December in...
Some parents in a recent study were able to converse with their children for the first time with the help of language development programs on an iPad. Turns out children with autism can learn speech later than previously thought.
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Researchers report that poorer movement skills detected as early as 7 months old are observed in children at a higher risk of developing autistic spectrum disorder than children in the general population.
A series of new books all present watch-and-ward arguments designed to show that brain science promises much and delivers little. Neuroscience, it’s said, can often answer the obvious questions but rarely the interesting ones.
Mejor que un crucigrama y que cualquier otro videojuego en tres dimensiones. Así es como define un grupo de investigadores de la Universidad de California (San Francisco, EEUU) su nuevo hallazgo: NeuroRacer. Se trata de un videojuego específicamente diseñado para prevenir el deterioro cognitivo de la edad y que, por primera vez, se presenta con pruebas científicas que avalan su eficacia, plasmadas en la revista 'Nature'.