Though not entirely responsible for empathy, mirror neurons do help us detect when another person is angry, sad or happy, and allow us to feel what the person is feeling as if we were in their place.
Ramachandran suspects that mirror neuron research will lead to understanding purportedmind reading abilities, which may in fact have an organic explanation, such as a strong empathic occurrence in which one’s emotional/physical sensations are experienced by the other.
Mirror neurons are important in learning and language acquisition. Through imitation, vicarious learning allows for the construction of culture and tradition.
Empathy is a powerful communication skill that is often misunderstood and underused. Effective empathetic comunication enhances the therapeutic effectiveness of the provider-client relationship.
Appropriate use of empathy as a communication tool facilitates the health related interview, increases the efficiency of gathering information, and honors the patient or client. It is one of the vital facillitative conditions of coaching mentioned by Dr. Arloski...
Practical Empathetic Communication
Making practical use of an otherwise esoteric concept such as empathy requires division of the concept into its simplest elements.
As outlined by Frederic Platt key steps to effective empathy include:
recognizing presence of strong feeling in the clinical setting (ie, fear, anger, grief, disappointment);pausing to imagine how the patient might be feeling;stating our perception of the patient's feeling (ie, "I can imagine that must be ..." or "It sounds like you're upset about ...");legitimizing that feeling;respecting the patient's effort to cope with the predicament; andoffering support and partnership (ie, "I'm committed to work with you
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Adulthood seems to be having a regressive moment. There’s preschool for adults in Brooklyn. And the Guardian reported on Sunday that half of the top sellers on Amazon’s U.K. site are coloring books for grown-ups.
10,000 baby sea lions have washed up dead on a California island, with experts calling the unexplained deaths a 'crisis' and ' are washing ashore at a rate so alarming, rescuers said Thursday, this year is the worst yet”.
Tens of thousands of pups birthed last summer are believed to be dying on the islands… some [are] desperately trying to climb onto small boats or kayaks… Scientists noted a worrisome anomaly in 2013, when 1,171 famished pups were stranded… scientists blamed the phenomenon on unseasonably cold waters… On San Miguel…
"It’s clear these sea lions are trying to tell us something. Their very presence here in such great numbers at this time of year is sounding an alarm up and down the coast… it signals something complex happening in our ocean… sea lions are very sensitive to their environment… alerting us to major changes in the ocean…
Energy fields are decoded by our brains into a 3D picture, to give the illusion of a physical world. Despite its apparent materiality, the universe is a kind of 3-D projection and is ultimately no more real than a hologram. And some recent scientific discoveries support the conclusion that the universe is one big holographic projection.
The building blocks of reality are behaving in ways which are inexplicable and can only make sense if we think of the universe in terms of a holographic field, not an empty container filled with objects.
A recent study published in Nature suggests that the universe may be one big projection, according to their simulations.
The solar system’s largest moon, Ganymede, in orbit around Jupiter, harbors an underground ocean containing more water than all the oceans on Earth. Scientists were already fairly confident in the ocean’s existence, based on the moon’s smooth icy surface—evidence of past resurfacing by the ocean—and other observations by the Galileo spacecraft, which made a handful of flybys in the 1990s. But new observations by the Hubble Space Telescope, published online today in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, remove any remaining doubt. Ganymede now joins Jupiter’s Europa and two moons of Saturn, Titan and Enceladus, as moons with subsurface oceans—and good places to look for life.
Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt, may also have a subsurface ocean. The new results come from Hubble’s observations of Ganymede’s magnetic field, which produces two auroral belts (pictured) that can be detected in the ultraviolet. Because of interactions with Jupiter’s own magnetic field, these belts rock back and forth. However, there is a third magnetic field in the mix—one emanating from the electrically conductive, saltwater ocean and induced by Jupiter’s field—that counterbalances Jupiter’s field and reduces the rocking of the auroral belts. The Hubble study suggests that the ocean can be no deeper than 330 kilometers below the surface.
Rosetta's lander lasted just 60 hours on a comet after it bounced into the dark shadows of a cliff, where its solar panels couldn't power the vehicle. Why didn't it carry a more reliable power source, say a nuclear battery like one that's unfailingly fueled Voyager for decades? It's a simple question with a fascinating answer, one that begins with the Cold War and ends with the future space exploration.
The brain is naturally empathetic. You have "mirror neurons" which connect your brain like Wi-Fi with people you observe. As a protective mechanism, you automatically tune into their emotions, their movements and intentions.
When you walk down the street and someone comes your way, it's likely you will both move in the same direction even though you are trying to get out of each other's way. This is because your mirror neurons sensed the person's intentions and you "mirrored" their actions until your cognitive brain could engineer an opposing move that cleared the path....
To increase your empathy, you have to both control your wandering mind and strengthen your capacity to empathize through practice.
Be quiet, inside and out. ...Fully watch as well as listen.....Ask yourself what you are feeling....Test your instinct.... by Marcia Reynolds
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What is Empathy? Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings of others, feel what they feel, and respond in helpful, compassionate ways. Children who are able to identify with and comfort others make friends more easily, generally perform better academically, and demonstrate a higher level of moral and emotional development.
How do we teach empathy?
Infants: (Birth to 1 yr.) ...Toddlers: (1-2yrs.) ... ( name feelings)Pre-schoolers: (3-5 Yrs....) (share) Ages 5 and up:... (model behaviors).
We hypothesized that high-socially-anxious individuals (HSA) may exhibit elevated mentalizing and empathic abilities.”
The research methods were as follows: “Empathy was assessed using self-rating scales in HSA individuals (n=21) and low-socially-anxious (LSA) individuals (n=22), based on their score on the Liebowitz social anxiety scale. A computerized task was used to assess the ability to judge first and second order affective vs. cognitive mental state attributions.”
Remarkably, the scientists found that a large portion of people with social anxiety disorder are gifted empaths —
people whose right-brains are operating significantly above normal levels and are able to perceive the physical sensitivities, spiritual urges, motivations, and intentions of other people around them (see Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED Talk below for a powerful explanation of this ability).
The team’s conclusion reads: “Results support the hypothesis that high-socially-anxious individuals demonstrate a unique profile of social-cognitive abilities with elevated cognitive empathy tendencies and high accuracy in affective mental state attributions...”
Empaths who have fully embraced their abilities are able to function on a purely intuition-based level.
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Do you live for the smell of old books? Are you secretly sure that you’ll meet your soul mate at The Strand by spotting them through a gap in the books, then proceed to have a quickie and each other poetry?
Researchers have made another incredible discovery in Labinsk, Russia. According to scholars this discovery marks the beginning of a completely new history, one that many ancient alien theorists have been talking about for years.
The object that researchers have found is believed to be some sort of ancient microchip and according to researchers, this ancient microchips dates back millions of years. After countless tests, researchers have come to the conclusion that this antique piece was used as some sort of microchip in ancient times.
The problem is its age, according to tests, the artifact is believed to be between 225 and 250 million years old. Some researchers believe that the dating of the artifact is not entirely accurate given the fact that you cannot date rock, and the tests were based on traces of organic material found around the mystery “chip”.
The million dollar question is, who or what used a microchip that dates back 250 million years? Is there a possibility that this is in fact the remains of ancient technology? Technology that belonged to a highly advanced civilization that inhabited Earth millions of years ago?
Archaeologists uncovered thousands of Stone Age underground tunnels, stretching across Europe from Scotland to Turkey, perplexing researchers as to their original purpose.
German archaeologist Dr Heinrich Kusch, in his book ‘Secrets of the Underground Door to an Ancient World’ revealed that tunnels were dug under literally hundreds of Neolithic settlements all over Europe and the fact that so many tunnels have survived 12,000 years indicates that the original network must have been huge.
While many believe Stone Age humans were primitive, incredible discoveries such as the 12,000 year-old temple called Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, the pyramids of Egypt and other structures such as Stonehenge, which demonstrate extremely advanced astronomical knowledge indicates that they were not as primitive as many believe.
Rosetta is a robotic space probe consisting of a comet orbiter and a lander built by the European Space Agency, which also launched it in 2004.
Rosetta reached the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P) on August 2014 at 3.7 AU (astronomical unit, equal to 149.6 million kilometres, the mean distance from the centre of the earth to the centre of the sun), and moved from 200 km above the comet to a bound orbit of ~10 km, becoming the first spacecraft to orbit a comet.
On 12 November 2014, the lander module Philae soft-landed on the comet and managed to send some data before its solar-powered battery ran out, and it went into hibernation until its battery becomes sufficiently recharged, which hasn’t yet happened.
Rosetta’ s first results were stunning and ‘surprising’. Images of the comet nucleus (the solid body) inside the coma (the surrounding cloud of dust and gas) show two lobes joined by a ‘neck’. The surfaces are rocky and rugged, and blacker than coal.
Significantly, water vapour (H2O gas) is actively produced. The total H2O gas production rates varied from 1 x 1025 molecules per second in early June 2014 to 4 x 1025 molecules per second in early August 2014 (equivalent to ~0.3 kgs-1 and 1.2 kg s-1 respectively). Water production is associated with jets shooting out from the comet nucleus.
How is this copious amount of water produced?
According to standard theory, water is being outgassed through vents from underground stores, or sublimated from the surface by the warmth of the sun, neither of which appears likely for 67P.
The most actively producing regions and jets are from the neck, the shadiest, coldest part of the comet, and tellingly, not from the most sunlit parts (see Image).
Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered how to control heat with a magnetic field.
The study is the first ever to prove that acoustic phonons - the elemental particles that transmit both heat and sound - have magnetic properties.
"This adds a new dimension to our understanding of acoustic waves," said Joseph Heremans, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Nanotechnology and professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio State. "We've shown that we can steer heat magnetically. With a strong enough magnetic field, we should be able to steer sound waves, too."
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