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Breathe Deeply to Activate Vagus Nerve - Travel and Health

Breathe Deeply to Activate Vagus Nerve - Travel and Health | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Doing abdominal breathing, you can activate vagus nerve and trigger a relaxation response. The relaxation response, which is the opposite of the stress response, is necessary for your body to heal, repair, and renew.

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33rd Square: Stanford Researchers and Google Create World's Largest Artificial Neural Network

33rd Square: Stanford Researchers and Google Create World's Largest Artificial Neural Network | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Stanford researchers, working with Google and NVIDIA, have created a new neural network system for machine learning that is six times the size of the unit built last year that taught itself how to recognize cats on the internet.


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Nigel Wynne's comment, June 19, 2013 8:12 AM
Scary!!!
David McGavock's curator insight, August 13, 2013 9:03 AM

"Machine learning, a fast-growing branch of the artificial intelligence (AI) field, is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. In the past decade, machine learning has given us self-driving cars, effective web search and a vastly improved understanding of the human genome. Many researchers believe that it is the best way to make progress towards human-level AI."


As researchers work on these model systems of neural networks, they contribute to our understanding of our brains - how information is gathered (sensed), stored (memory), accessed and employed (thought). 

Γιώργος Παπαναστασίου's curator insight, August 17, 2013 1:32 PM

"This is all still very low compared to the human brain, with some 100 trillion connections, but at this rate of amplification it won't be long until AIs are at the capacity of human-level intelligence." Μπορούμε να κοιμόμαστε ήσυχοι για λίγο ακόμα...

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I’m collecting for someone who.. A clever...

I’m collecting for someone who.. A clever... | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
I’m collecting for someone who.. A clever campaign from Publicis for the charity The Passage catching the public’s attention by using reverse messages on cardboard signs (typically associated with...
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Incidental compassion in action

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Same Neurochemistry, One Difference: Dr. Robert Sapolsky on Dopamine | TheDopamineProject.org

Same Neurochemistry, One Difference: Dr. Robert Sapolsky on Dopamine | TheDopamineProject.org | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

"There are no discernible differences between how the monkeys and people's neurochemistry functions. The only distinction is that monkeys don't get hooked on beliefs, ideologies, dogma, degrees, titles, fantasies, lies, empty promises, or self-deceptions."

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On Fear, Emotions and Memory : Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux’s New Terms

On Fear, Emotions and Memory : Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux’s New Terms | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Humans are the only animals that can imagine the future. That’s great when it comes to figuring out what makes us happy. But what about those sleepless nights filled with anxiety? Joseph LeDoux has spent 30 years studying the biological underpinnings of memory and emotion, especially the mechanisms of fear. He has been doing research on animals, primarily rats, to understand pathological fear and anxiety in humans. A Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science and professor of neural science and psychology at New York University, his concentration on the amygdala, that almond-shaped structure in the brain’s temporal lobe having to do with emotional behavior, has also spawned a rock band called the Amygdaloids, with himself and three of his scientific colleagues.


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The Compassionate Brain

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Activating the Neural Circuits of Kindness, Caring, and Love
Practical Neuroscience for Transformation

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Neurons or Pollock? Scientists Create Technicolor 'Brainbow'

Neurons or Pollock? Scientists Create Technicolor 'Brainbow' | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

"Scientists at Harvard and MIT have genetically modified mouse neurons to fire "tracer" rounds that are helping researchers map the brain's intricate connections."

 
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How Exercise Can Help You Master New Skills

How Exercise Can Help You Master New Skills | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

"It may be that physical, aerobic exercise performed right after a memory has been formed intensifies the imprinting, Dr. Roig says. It makes the memory stronger."

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Compassion Games – “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright!” — Your Compassion Games Begin!

Compassion Games – “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright!” — Your Compassion Games Begin! | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
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Meditation, Happiness and Compassionate Altruism

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Contemplative Practices, Wellbeing, and Kindness to Strangers...

Having gathered data from major schools of contemplative practices, including over 2000 subjects thus far, Lynn E. O’Connor Ph.D. from Wright Institute, Berkeley CA, is about to present their results at a meeting organized by the Stanford University-based CCare, The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, http://ccare.stanford.edu/


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The biology of emotions

The biology of emotions | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Emotions tag our experiences and act as signposts to steer our behavior. Avoiding danger and pursuing rewards is essential for successful navigation through a complex environment, and thus for survival.


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What Happens to Our Brains During Exercise (and Why it Makes Us Happier)

What Happens to Our Brains During Exercise (and Why it Makes Us Happier) | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Most of us are aware of what happens to the body when we exercise. We build more muscle or more stamina. We feel how daily activities like climbing stairs becomes easier if we exercise regularly.

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Kirk Fontaine's comment, February 27, 2013 8:27 AM
I truly believe in that mind-body connection as well ,thanks for posting Larisa
nancercize's curator insight, February 27, 2013 10:15 AM

If you can just get over the initial inertia, exercise is self-reinforcing. One reason we feel like crap when we don't get our usual dose!

Craig Crossley's curator insight, November 3, 2013 8:56 PM

YEAR 11 HPE - TRAINING BENEFITS

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Forget Survival of the Fittest: It Is Kindness That Counts: Scientific American

A psychologist probes how altruism, evolution and neurobiology mean that we can succeed by not being cutthroat...
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The Meaning Of Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is one of those fashionable terms that you see getting used just about everywhere, but what exactly does it mean? In his book, The Mindful Brain, Daniel J. Siegel, Director of the Mindsight Institute, Co-Director of ...

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Compassion for one reduces punishment for another, Paul Condon & David DeSteno

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Sciene behind incidental compassion

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Scott Swain's curator insight, April 9, 2013 10:36 AM

I love seeing keys like this to a shift away from domination culture.

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The power of cute: How looking at pictures of baby animals can help improve your concentration levels

The power of cute: How looking at pictures of baby animals can help improve your concentration levels | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
New research has revealed that looking at cute images of baby animals doesn’t just make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, but can actually improve your work performance and help you concentrate.
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Reddit Users Attempt to Shame Sikh Woman - her kind, self-respecting/loving response made my ♥ blossom.

Reddit Users Attempt to Shame Sikh Woman - her kind, self-respecting/loving response made my ♥ blossom. | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

"...By transcending societal views of beauty, I believe that I can focus more on my actions. My attitude and thoughts and actions have more value in them than my body because I recognize that this body is just going to become ash in the end, so why fuss about it? When I die, no one is going to remember what I looked like, heck, my kids will forget my voice, and slowly, all physical memory will fade away. However, my impact and legacy will remain: and, by not focusing on the physical beauty, I have time to cultivate those inner virtues and hopefully, focus my life on creating change and progress for this world in any way I can. So, to me, my face isn't important but the smile and the happiness that lie behind the face are. :-)..."

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To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem via Havard Business Review

To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem via Havard Business Review | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
What's important is self-compassion....
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Scientists Discover How Brains Keep Clean | Wired Science | Wired.com

Scientists Discover How Brains Keep Clean | Wired Science | Wired.com | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
Every organ produces waste, and the brain is no exception. But unlike the rest of our body, it doesn't have a lymphatic system, a network of vessels that filter out junk.

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Why We Keep Getting the Same Old Ideas

Why We Keep Getting the Same Old Ideas | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

"Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabridge Uinvervtisy, it deosnt mttaer in waht oredr the litteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a ttoal mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is besauae ocne we laren how to raed we bgien to aargnre the lteerts in our mnid to see waht we epxcet tp see. The huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. We do tihs ucnsolniuscoy. (....)


"When information enters the mind, it self-organizes into patterns and ruts much like the hot water on butter. New information automatically flows into the preformed grooves. After a while, the channels become so deep it takes only a bit of information to activate an entire channel. This is the pattern recognition and pattern completion process of the brain. Even if much of the information is out of the channel, the pattern will be activated. The mind automatically corrects and completes the information to select and activate a pattern.This is why you can read the jumbled letters above as words.

 

This is also why when we sit down and try to will new ideas or solutions; we tend to keep coming up with the same-old, same-old ideas. Information is flowing down the same ruts and grooves making the same-old connections producing the same old ideas over and over again. Even tiny bits of information are enough to activate the same patterns over and over again. (...)

 

How then can we change our thinking patterns? Think again about the dish of butter with all the preformed channels. Creativity occurs when we tilt the dish in a different direction and force the water (information) to create new channels and make new connections with other channels. These new connections give you different ways to focus your attention and different ways to interpret whatever you are focusing on. Nature gets variation with genetic mutations. Creative thinkers get variation by conceptually combining dissimilar subjects which changes our thinking patterns and provides us with a variety of alternatives and conjectures. (...)"


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dephunked's comment, September 26, 2012 9:47 AM
Wlidcat,

...I´ve thought about how creative thinkers have been discriminated throughout modern civilization...

...as novelty naturally falls outside the norm, and modern civilization has been inherently, systematically norm-biased, I have this feeling that non-successful creatives have been subjected to significant social and systematic discrimination...

...top down bureaucratic organization shaped the social norm to disclude creativity, novelty thinking, and social evolution, the majority of those innately prone to innovation could count on little help and reward from the norm-biased surroundings... their life was a life of struggle...

...It´s unnatural for a creative neurotype to conform to the norm, the evolutionary origin and purpose of creativity is cultural evolution. Creativity evolves the norm, it cannot fit into it, and within the creative thinkers, the creative drive is stronger then the drive to conform...

...during my brief medical practice amongst those at the bottom of civilization, the homeless, I saw so much misunderstood potential, so much creativity and ingenuity and empathy, and so little recognition from their "society". Systematically discouraged and misunderstood, forced into poverty and stigma-generated alienation...

...in every one of them, I saw myself...


These social patterns are typical for many shortcomings of top-down bureaucracy, but I have a feeling that creative thinkers in particular have suffered from the hegemonic-ish norm. I haven´t found much literature about it, and I believe it´s important for society to acknowledge this, just as important as the pride movement to end and avow the discrimination of homosexuality. Important at least, as a reminder of the darker angels of our past.

...what do you think?
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Working with mindfulness

Working with mindfulness | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
Can you be a success in the world of business and still be mindful? What exactly does it mean to be "mindful" anyway? According to Mirabai Bush, one of the creators of a mindfulness course developed...
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How to Trick Your Brain for Happiness, by Rick Hanson

How to Trick Your Brain for Happiness, by Rick Hanson | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

In recent years, we have started to better understand the neural bases of states like happiness, gratitude, resilience, love, compassion, and so forth.

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The Practice of Empathy - Forbes

The Practice of Empathy - Forbes | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

‘Empathy is our ability to identify what someone else is thinking and feeling, and to respond to their thoughts and feelings with an appropriate emotion.’

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High Holiday Workbook 2012 - It is also a self-compassion workbook!

High Holiday Workbook 2012 - It is also a self-compassion workbook! | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
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Breathe Deeply to Activate Vagus Nerve - Travel and Health

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Time Management Continuous Partial Attention -- Not the Same as Multi-Tasking

We have more attention-related and stress-related diseases than ever before. Continuous continuous partial attention and the fight or flight response associated with it sets off a cascade of stress hormones, starting with norepinephrine and its companion, cortisol. As a hormone, cortisol is a universal donor. It can attach to any receptor site. As a result, dopamine and seratonin, the hormones that help us feel calm and happy, have nowhere to go because cortisol has taken up the available spaces. The abundance of cortisol in our systems has contributed to our turning to pharmaceuticals to calm us down and help us sleep.

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