Many of people’s closest bonds grow out of socially warm exchanges and the warm feelings associated with being socially connected. Indeed, the neurobiological mechanisms underlying thermoregulation may be shared by those that regulate social warmth, the experience of feeling connected to other people. To test this possibility, we placed participants in a functional MRI scanner and asked them to (a) read socially warm and neutral messages from friends and family and (b) hold warm and neutral-temperature objects (a warm pack and a ball, respectively). Findings showed an overlap between physical and social warmth: Participants felt warmer after reading the positive (compared with neutral) messages and more connected after holding the warm pack (compared with the ball). In addition, neural activity during social warmth overlapped with neural activity during physical warmth in the ventral striatum and middle insula, but neural activity did not overlap during another pleasant task (soft touch). Together, these results suggest that a common neural mechanism underlies physical and social warmth.
Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., is the science director of the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. In this talk for the 2012 Mindfulness and Compassion conference, Dr. Simon-Thomas explains the neurological mechanisms that support compassion--and why mindfulness meditation can help support the growth of compassion.
(Medical Xpress)—Although in vivo microscopy is a vital tool for monitoring cellular and neurophysiological processes, preparing live animals for microsurgery has traditionally had several significant limitations – namely, it takes...
This is the first of three posts that will cover three important books about how the science of mind, brain and mental health, interfaces with society at large. First off, I want to discuss an excellent book called Neuro: The New ...
Sticks and stones: Brain releases natural painkillers during social rejection ... The Almagest The team, based at U-M's Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, used an innovative approach to make its findings.
The Roots of Cognitive Neuroscience takes a close look at what we can learn about our minds from how brain damage impairs our cognitive and emotional systems. This approach has a long and rich tradition dating back to the 19th century.
Brene Brown also introduced me to Dr. Kristin Neff (www.self-compassion.com) whose book Self Compassion: Stop Beaing Yourself Up and Leave Insecurities behind is also research based but written with many stories to show in a concrete fashion how brutally we treat ourselves. It is a book that reminds us that the Golden Rule goes in two directions — we can’t love others unless we love ourselves. If you’re a perfectionist and not very tolerant of your own humanity this book will open your eyes and se you free. Sometimes we just have to remind ourselves to be compassionate to ourselves.
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Kindness is not condescension. It is not compromise. It is not pandering, and it is not fear ... It is a strong, gentle response that lay aside the need to be right, in favor of the choice to remain one with the person we chose to be one with.
Hippocampus lights the pathways New Straits Times Neuroscientists have found that words have powers to evoke and stimulate the hippocampus, that part of our brain that deals with spatiality and things that we learn anew.