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Neural basis for benefits of meditation

Neural basis for benefits of meditation | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
Mindfulness meditation training in awareness of present moment experience, such as body and breath sensations, prevents depression and reduces distress in chronic pain.
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Among the most important predictions is one that could explain how gaining control of alpha rhythms not only enhances sensory focus on a particular area of the body, but also helps people overcome persistent competing stimuli, such as depressive thoughts or chronic pain signals.

To accomplish this, the model predicts, meditators must achieve proper control over the relative timing and strength of alpha rhythms generated from two separate regions of the thalamus, called thalamic nuclei, that talk to different parts of the cortex. One alpha generator would govern the local "tuning in," for instance of sensations in a hand, while the other would govern the broader "tuning out" of other sensory or cognitive information in the cortex.

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Study: Specific electrophysiological components disentangle affective sharing and empathic concern in psychopathy

Study: Specific electrophysiological components disentangle affective sharing and empathic concern in psychopathy | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

Empathic impairment is one of the hallmarks of psychopathy, a personality dimension associated with poverty in affective reactions, lack of attachment to others, and a callous disregard for the feelings, rights, and welfare of others.


Neuroscience research on the relation between empathy and psychopathy has predominately focused on the affective sharing and cognitive components of empathy in forensic populations, and much less on empathic concern.


The current study used high-density electroencephalography in a community sample to examine the spatiotemporal neurodynamic responses when viewing people in physical distress under two subjective contexts: one evoking affective sharing, the other, empathic concern.


Jean Decety, Kimberly L Lewis, Jason M Cowell

image http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Bundy



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I have often referred to the Republicans as psychopaths, the is not hyperbole, I mean it quite literally... Empathic impairment is one of the hallmarks of psychopathy, a personality dimension associated with poverty in affective reactions, lack of attachment to others, and a callous disregard for the feelings, rights, and welfare of others.

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A Compassionate Work Culture Can Really Benefit The Bottom Line, Too

A Compassionate Work Culture Can Really Benefit The Bottom Line, Too | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

While the idea has previous been labeled "touchy-feely" and quickly discarded, creating an emotionally positive work culture can boast big benefits for both customers and employees, according to a new study from researchers at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the George Mason University School of Business.

 

They found a clear, positive correlation between compassionate behavior, work satisfaction and company success. Their results were recently published in the journal Administrative Science Quarterly.


In the study, researchers Sigal Barsade and Olivia O’Neill focused on exploring the idea of a compassionate love culture, which they describe as the following in their report:

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‘Design empathy’ builds inclusive spaces for people with autism

‘Design empathy’ builds inclusive spaces for people with autism | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it


by ALEX BOZIKOVIC

Architects and researchers are increasingly turning their attention to the creation of comfortable school and work spaces for those on the autism spectrum

 

There was very little research available on the topic, so Paron-Wildes conducted her own, developing guidelines for architects and helping design facilities for children with autism. But she also finds “design empathy,” as she puts it, valuable in the offices she designs with her day job. “We have a range of human spectrums,” she says.'


 the diversity among the population of people might, and should, generate a deeper and more empathetic way of thinking about how everyone experiences a space


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Sync Gaming Make Kids More Empathic

Sync Gaming Make Kids More Empathic | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
Physical activity performed together in unison could increase the empathy of kids as it helps children feel more positively toward one another.

 

Researchers have found that a physical activity performed together in unison or even a video game played together in sync on a computer could increase the empathy of kids as it helps children feel more positively toward one another.

 

The study showed that eight-year-olds reported a greater sense of similarity and closeness immediately after playing the video game in sync, those who played the same game but not in a synchronous way did not report the same increase in connection.

 

“Synchrony is like a glue that brings people together — it is a magical connector for people,” said lead author Tal-Chen Rabinowitch, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington.

Tal-Chen Rabinowitch, Ph.D.

http://ilabs.washington.edu/postdoctoral-fellows/bio/i-labs-tal-chen-rabinowitch-phd


Culture of Empathy Builder: Tal-Chen Rabinowitch
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Emotional IQ strongest predictor of workplace performance: study

Emotional IQ strongest predictor of workplace performance: study | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

The ability to perceive and empathise with the emotions of others may be one of the most defining features of humanity. When we can perceive and empathise, we feel what they are feeling and can work together from this platform of understanding.

 

"Our self comes to include the people we become close to," said the authors on a recent empathy study. "If a friend is under threat, it becomes the same as if we ourselves are under threat. We can understand the pain or difficulty they may be going through in the same way we understand our own pain."

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What libertarians often miss with their emphases on extreme individualism, we are human animals not robots. We live in communities and are social, more akin to Bonobos, not orangutangs.

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Are We More Narcissistic? Why Teaching Kids Empathy Is Important Today

Are We More Narcissistic? Why Teaching Kids Empathy Is Important Today | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

Are we increasingly seeing a decline in empathy in kids today? Have the conscious efforts parents have been making to ensure that kids have good self esteem perhaps somehow created generations of entitled, narcissistic kids? And how much of a role is social media playing on how focused kids today seem to be on themselves?...


How to Encourage Empathy in Today's Selfie World

Empathy, which is essentially the ability to understand someone else's thoughts and feelings, is an essential life skill that is thought to be in some ways more important than intelligence. Kids who lack empathy may have trouble making friends and understanding or controlling their own feelings. They may be more likely to be narcissistic, and put their needs above those of others.

 

By Katherine Lee - School-Age Children Expert



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Sperm can pass trauma symptoms through generations, study finds

Sperm can pass trauma symptoms through generations, study finds | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
Researchers have put ample effort into identifying genes that help explain why cancer or heart disease run in some families. But scientists still don't know if some genes can explain why the...

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This may explain why some people can be prone to mental illness, even when they don't share important environmental risk-factors.

 

It's an interesting study. It certainly complicates the nature/nurture debate. The findings here imply that environmental conditions and experiences can influence our biology, and in turn, the genetics we pass on. It is then no longer possible to argue that some factors are strictly genetic, and some are strictly environmental. It only makes sense that this dichotomic reasoning is too simplistic to explain human behavior.

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Imagination, reality flow in opposite directions in the brain

Imagination, reality flow in opposite directions in the brain | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

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During imagination, the researchers found an increase in the flow of information from the parietal lobe of the brain to the occipital lobe — from a higher-order region that combines inputs from several of the senses out to a lower-order region.

In contrast, visual information taken in by the eyes tends to flow from the occipital lobe — which makes up much of the brain’s visual cortex — “up” to the parietal lobe.

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neural information flows in opposite directions while being oriented towards reality or using the imagination.

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Utilizzando la tecnica EEG i ricercartori hanno potuto osservare che quando immaginiamo l'attività cerebrale percorre vie diverse da quelle peculiari impiegate nel processamento delle informazioni visive. Questo interessante studio offre nuove prospettive sulla comprensione dei sogni durante il sonno.

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How to build a caring economy

How to build a caring economy | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
It is important, however, to distinguish between basic empathic and caring responses, and a more universal capacity for compassion.

 

It is possible that universal compassion is solely a human function. Empathy alone does not necessarily prompt prosocial behaviour. If you empathize with the suffering of another, for example, you may not necessarily help this person.

 

Empathy can also result in empathic distress that may even lead to withdrawal or aggressive behaviour.

 

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Empathy, Passion, and Progress: An Existential View of Valentine's Day

Empathy, Passion, and Progress: An Existential View of Valentine's Day | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

Here you'll find a mosaic of meaning and beauty that I hope will allow and foster depth. It is my belief that the more connected one is to his/her core ~ the better one can care for their personal ecosystem.

Empathy begins with self.

1) #Love: Why We Need Each Other "Recent research reveals that people are more capable of mental novelty when thinking on behalf of others than for themselves. This has far-reaching practical implications at every level of business." Thus spoke, Daniel Pink..

 

6) #Love: Empathy is a muscle and can be strengthened and developed like any other muscle. One way to foster empathy is through the reading of robust fiction.

 

Jennifer Sertl


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Happy Valentines Day! A little light thinking among the cards and flowers...

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8 Ways Empathy Can Improve Your Travels…And Your Life

8 Ways Empathy Can Improve Your Travels…And Your Life | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
On your next trip, don’t forget to pack your empathy.


The practice of empathy — and yes, it’s a practice — is about open-ness, creating an opening in one’s self to another. Empathy requires suspending your judgment of others and leaving your assumptions, stereotypes and fears at the door...


Sold on the concept of empathy? Now onto how practicing empathy can enhance your travel experiences.


1) Opens Others...
2) Allows New Experiences to Stream In...
3) Expands Our Range of Understanding...
4) Builds Trust to Yield Greater Authenticity...
5) Assists Immersion and Creativity...
6) Aids Conflict Resolution...
7) Fosters Good, Pleasurable and Positive Feeling...
8) Aids Understanding Others’ Needs So You Can Effectively Contribute...


by Daniel Noll 


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Strategic Empathy: A Better Strategy in Ukraine and Marriage

Strategic Empathy: A Better Strategy in Ukraine and Marriage | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
A blog post by University of Ottawa Prof. Paul Robinson makes an important point about the need for better strategic thinking concerning the Ukrainian crisis. Robinson advocates “strategic empathy” for producing successful outcomes – understanding your opponent’s thinking before acting.

 

Acting without first understanding how your opponent sees things –  no matter how wrong he might be – is likely to exacerbate the conflict. As Robinson notes in his conclusion,

 

“Moral certitude may be emotionally satisfying, but strategic empathy is far more likely to lead to peace.”  

 

 


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The Civilized World Cowers in Fear - The Rush Limbaugh Show - we've gotta empathize with our enemies

The Civilized World Cowers in Fear - The Rush Limbaugh Show - we've gotta empathize with our enemies | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

She said we've gotta empathize with our enemies and we've got to endeavor to understand them.  We have to endeavor to understand how what we do makes them feel.  And we have to endeavor to understand and use empathy in dealing with them, and we can't always just consider them flat-out enemies, that they have points of view that it would be worth our effort to try to understand.  That's what Mrs. Clinton said. ...

 

When you have the likely Democrat 2016 presidential nominee saying about people like this, "Hey, we gotta be careful and we must empathize with them. We must try to reach out and understand their grievance....


That's why we must try to understand. It's what Mrs. Clinton means when she talks about needing empathy.  We're guilty! ...


And you know the best way to express that or explain that?  In this country, it is the Tea Party that arouses real anger and thoughts of evil in the Democrat Party and the left.  Not ISIS.  Not Al-Qaeda, but the Tea Party.  That's who they think is evil.  These guys, we gotta empathize.  You ever heard Hillary say we need to empathize with the Tea Party? We need to empathize with Sarah Palin?  We need to empathize with Ted Cruz?  Nope.  But we do need to empathize with these guys. ...


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How the Brain Works with the Vagus with Stephen Porges

Can cultivating brain function help develop empathy? Here what Dr. Stephen Porges, PhD has to say.

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Everything you think you know about animals is wrong: How science is forcing us to reconsider the twin myths of human superiority and dumb creatures

Everything you think you know about animals is wrong: How science is forcing us to reconsider the twin myths of human superiority and dumb creatures | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
Human beings are the most intelligent, and therefore important, of all the world´s species, right?

 

We deserve our superior status over other animals because of the following scientific truths: that only humans are self-aware and feel empathy, that we are unique in our abilities to use language and tools, that only we can recognize ourselves in a mirror and understand the passing of time.

But advances in cognitive ethology (the scientific study of animal intelligence, emotions, behaviors, and social life) have now disproved these ´truths´, showing that many other creatures also display a complex range of emotions, highly evolved communication skills, compassion for others, and even intelligence that rivals- or surpasses- our own. These ground-breaking studies force us to ask some uncomfortable questions about our place in the world, and have caused leading experts to call for a radical rethink of the way we treat other animals...

 

Some of the most heart-warming tales of expressive love and empathy come from the great apes, our closest relatives. Moral philosopher Mark Rowlands recounts the following:

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Empathy Movement Update

Empathy Movement Update | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

http://facebook.com/EmpathyCenter/posts/965770523467610

We deployed the empathy tent yesterday in downtown Berkeley. We now ask people who support the empathy movement to take a photo holing up a sign of support. If you support the Movement, we invite you to make a sign and take a photo with it and post it to our Facebook page..

 

There was a protest in the evening against Berkeley creating more restrictive laws on the homeless. Instead of creating more laws and restrictions for the homeless in Berkeley, the empathy movement is advocating for more mutual empathy and dialog between all community members (i.e. homeless, business owners, activists, city officials, police and general public) and to mutually create solutions that foster connection, understanding, as well as, action that addresses everyone's concerns, needs and well-being.


Everyone's voice needs to be heard, considered and included. We propose an empathy conference on the issue to find creative solutions that emerge and grow out of dialog. Mutual and reciprocal community empathy is the gateway to creating solutions.

See the tent deployment schedule here.
http://facebook.com/events/550101135080912/
http://cultureofempathy.com/OccupyEmpathy/


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Hillary Clinton's second run for presidency seeks more empathy

The last time Hillary Clinton presented herself as a candidate for the most powerful job in America critics complained she was stiff, lacked a unifying messa...

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Study: Empathy and motivation for justice: Cognitive empathy and concern, but not emotional empathy, predict sensitivity to injustice for others

Study: Empathy and motivation for justice: Cognitive empathy and concern, but not emotional empathy, predict sensitivity to injustice for others | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
Jean Decety & Keith J. Yoder
Why do people tend to care for upholding principles of justice? This study examined the association between individual differences in the affective, motivational and cognitive components of empathy, sensitivity to justice, and psychopathy in participants (N 265) who were also asked to rate the permissibility of everyday moral situations that pit personal benefit against moral standards of justice. Counter to common sense, emotional empathy was not associated with sensitivity to injustice for others.

 

Rather, individual differences in cognitive empathy and empathic concern predicted sensitivity to justice for others, as well as the endorsement of moral rules. Psychopathy coldheartedness scores were inversely associated with motivation for justice. Moreover, hierarchical multiple linear regression analysis revealed that self-focused and other-focused orientations toward justice had opposing influences on the permissibility of moral judgments. High scores on psychopathy were associated with less moral condemnation of immoral behavior.

 

Together, these results contribute to a better understanding of the information processing mechanisms underlying justice motivation, and may guide interventions designed to foster justice and moral behavior. In order to promote justice motivation, it may be more effective to encourage perspective taking and reasoning than emphasizing emotional sharing with the misfortune of others.


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Psychopathy coldheartedness scores were inversely associated with motivation for justice. Moreover, hierarchical multiple linear regression analysis revealed that self-focused and other-focused orientations toward justice had opposing influences on the permissibility of moral judgments. High scores on psychopathy were associated with less moral condemnation of immoral behavior.

 

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The Powerful (Happiness) Side Effects of Self-Compassion

The Powerful (Happiness) Side Effects of Self-Compassion | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
Here are some powerful anti-depressant and anti-anxiety (and happiness) side effects of Self-Compassion:

1) Personal Control – We start to understand that the power to work with difficulty or enjoy life is within us.

2) Self-love and self-worth – As we pay attention to ourselves in a supportive way, we continue to practice caring about ourselves and being worthy of loving attention. What we practice and repeat starts to become automatic.

3) Confidence – There comes a point where we understand that no matter what comes our way, “I can handle it and it’s going to be okay.”

 

By ELISHA GOLDSTEIN


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Grandma's Experiences Leave Epigenetic Mark on Your Genes | DiscoverMagazine.com

Grandma's Experiences Leave Epigenetic Mark on Your Genes | DiscoverMagazine.com | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
Your ancestors' lousy childhoods or excellent adventures might change your personality, bequeathing anxiety or resilience by altering the epigenetic expressions of genes in the brain.

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the science of epigenetics and the passing down of environmental memories (scarcity/ stress) down the generations!

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Le esperienze e le vicissitudini dei tuoi antenati potrebbero influenzare e cambiare la tua personalità. 

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
Neuroimaging and EEG studies provide a scientific basis for the sometimes controversial belief that children become better learners when they actually enjoy learning.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, October 30, 2014 12:42 AM

Why stress is not conducive to learning!

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High self-esteem is good, self-compassion even better | Lynn Pickford

High self-esteem is good, self-compassion even better | Lynn Pickford | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

I’ve noticed this more and more recently, especially in conversations with my colleagues and friends who are working their socks off to achieve an ambition, improve their lives, build their businesses and create a good life for their families – the habit of self-compassion has become buried in the pace and noise of hectic lives as we drive ourselves to have, be, do more.

We are in danger of living lives that are fraught with deadlines, self sabotaging judgement and perfectionism –  so busy trying hard to achieve goals, aspirations and ideal standards.  Some we have set for ourselves, some others have inadvertently set for us.



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Five things you may not know about empathy

Five things you may not know about empathy | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

Can you feel that? It's called empathy and it's having a moment. Experts have discovered that putting yourself in someone else's shoes is not just an important life skill, it's also intrinsic to happiness.Author Brene Brown calls empathy a 'sacred space' where you climb down into another person's hurt.


This is crucial because it fosters connection – something sympathy alone can't do. If that seems a little touchy-feely, stay with me, because the virtue traditionally associated with shoulder squeezes and self-sacrifice is more powerful – and surprising - than you think.


Empathy helps you get ahead at work 

by Natalie Reilly



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Romney Has An Empathy Problem, But So Do Most Republicans

Romney Has An Empathy Problem, But So Do Most Republicans | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

 But getting rid of Romney won’t get rid of the GOP’s empathy problem, and it’s not even clear how much of a problem it is.

 

Democrats may own empathy, but Republicans consistently score better on taxes and the federal deficit.

 

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Social Disharmony Comes from a Philosophy of Separation

Social Disharmony Comes from a Philosophy of Separation | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
Rebecca Solnit ponders the divisions in society as a consequence of lack of empathy and a disconnectedness among people who separate themselves from others.

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Jim Manske's curator insight, January 16, 6:05 PM

May we all remember the Spirit of Aloha...we all breathe the same air, drink from the same well, eat from the same earth, share the same universal Needs and marinate within one Life...