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Nerve Cells Can Work in Different Ways with Same Result

Nerve Cells Can Work in Different Ways with Same Result | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers find seemingly identical neurons can behave the same, even though they are built differently under the surface.
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This Is Your Brain on a Break Up

This Is Your Brain on a Break Up | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

"...One of the hallmarks of heartbreak, Piver claims, is obsessiveness: you can’t help but wonder if things would have turned out different if you were taller or shorter or more or less sensitive or a better communicator or if you would have said something else in an argument or made your needs more plainly known or cut off all your hair much earlier. “Your rational mind cannot step in and go, ‘stop that,’” Piver says. “The first step in calming this wild animal is just develop some kind of relationship with that obsessiveness so you can begin to calm it.” Without that relationship, you’re just on the “holy shit the sky is falling” ride all the time. But calm doesn’t come from telling the wild animal of the broken-hearted discursive mind to shut up. Instead, Piver says the calm comes from sitting down, making space, letting the wild animal go crazy, and watching it subside..." [click on the title for the full article]


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How playing an instrument benefits your brain - TED-Ed

How playing an instrument benefits your brain - TED-Ed | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

"When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout."


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Music does amazing things in your brain, and playing music creates "a full-body brain workout." This video shares what happens in the brain when it hears music, or when the individual is playing music. The science is showing that the playing of music increases executive functioning skills.

Along with a short quiz (that includes multiple choice anc some open response questions) you will also find a number of additional resources that look at the brain as well as how music impacts the brain.

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Brain Can Be Trained in Compassion, Study Shows - Association for Psychological Science

Brain Can Be Trained in Compassion, Study Shows - Association for Psychological Science | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

Until now, little was scientifically known about the human potential to cultivate compassion — the emotional state of caring for people who are suffering in a way that motivates altruistic behavior.


A new study by researchers at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that adults can be trained to be more compassionate. The report, published Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, investigates whether training adults in compassion can result in greater altruistic behavior and related changes in neural systems underlying compassion.


“Our fundamental question was,
‘Can compassion be trained and learned in adults? Can we become more caring if we practice that mindset?’”


says Helen Weng, lead author of the study and a graduate student in clinical psychology. “Our evidence points to yes.”


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A protein couple controls flow of information into the brain’s memory center

A protein couple controls flow of information into the brain’s memory center | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists in Bonn and Heidelberg have succeeded in providing new insights into how the brain works.
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Scientists identify body language tied to creativity, learning

Scientists identify body language tied to creativity, learning | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The ability to quickly scan another person's body language or expression to get a quick read on what they're thinking or feeling is a handy trick that most humans possess.
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Nanoparticles Improve Stroke Treatment

Nanoparticles Improve Stroke Treatment | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

Currently there is just one drug that has been approved for treatment of acute stroke—recombinant tissue plasminogen activator, or t-PA. Essentially it works by thinning blood clots. Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) announced last week that they have developed a magnetic nanoparticle that when combined with t-PA can make the drug significantly more effective.

The Georgia researchers injected magnetic nanorods into the bloodstream. When stimulated by rotating magnets the nanorods act as a kind of mixing tool that shakes up blood clots that have already been thinned by t-PA.

The injected nanorods "act like stirring bars to drive t-PA to the site of the clot," said Yiping Zhao, professor of physics at UGA, in a press release. "Our preliminary results show that the breakdown of clots can be enhanced up to twofold compared to treatment with t-PA alone."


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Brain Images: New Techniques And Bright Colors

Brain Images: New Techniques And Bright Colors | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
These 12 images show some of the cutting-edge techniques that scientists are using to try to solve the mystery of the brain.
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Cognitive test can differentiate between Alzheimer's and normal aging

Cognitive test can differentiate between Alzheimer's and normal aging | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

Researchers have developed a new cognitive test that can better determine whether memory impairments are due to very mild Alzheimer’s disease or the normal aging process. Their study appears in the journal Neuropsychologia.


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A Simple Experiment in Empathy

A Simple Experiment in Empathy | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

 by Peter Himmelman

I decide to conduct an experiment, a simple experiment in empathy. I ask myself, is it possible, in spite of how insane and dead-wrong this storeowner is, that I could -- in some way -- begin to empathize with him? Just before bed, I write a list of how I imagine he might be seeing the issue -- and at first, it's physically painful to write:


1. Though I totally disagree with his policy and his intransigent stance, I must also admit that I don't know a damn thing about running a store.


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After the phone call I feel like a tiny tear
in the fabric of my own humanity has
been restored. All through this
simple experiment in empathy....

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How the brain stabilizes its connections in order to learn better

How the brain stabilizes its connections in order to learn better | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

Throughout our lives, our brains adapt to what we learn and memorize. The brain is indeed made up of complex networks of neurons and synapses that are constantly re-configured.


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Scientists find new clues to brain's wiring

Scientists find new clues to brain's wiring | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
New research provides an intriguing glimpse into the processes that establish connections between nerve cells in the brain.
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After age 25, we're more forgetful when we're distracted - Futurity

After age 25, we're more forgetful when we're distracted - Futurity | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Older people are nearly twice as likely as young adults to have their memory affected by distractions like irrelevant speech or written words. (After the age of 25, we're more forgetful when...where was I ?
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The Empathy Mirror

Empathy has been difficult for neuroscientists to analyze because it’s the product of many parts of the brain acting with one another in mysterious ways.


Simon Baron-Cohen, a neuroscientist and psychologist at the University of Oxford, has identified ten separate regions of the brain, each with its own special function, that comprise the “empathy circuit.” One critical part of this circuit is called the medial prefrontal cortex, or MPFC, which plays a role in comparing one’s own perspective to that of others. Other parts of the empathy circuit correlate with social judgments (the orbitofrontal cortex), awareness of the intentions and goals of others (the frontal operculum), recognizing emotion (the inferior frontal gyrus), and processing sensory stimuli (the somatosensory cortex).


But knowing which brain areas are associated with which individual functions still doesn’t present a clear picture of how these areas work, much less interact with one another.


by Andrew Price

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The Power Of Empathy

The Power Of Empathy | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

The basic requirement for Empathy is to identify the Common Ground. Once the common ground is established, it gives the person an opportunity to walk in the other person’s shoes.


Stephen R. Covey states “Nothing is more validating and affirming than feeling understood. And the moment a person begins feeling understood, that person becomes far more open to influence and change. Empathy is to the heart what air is to the body.


We should never make assumptions and must have the courage to ask questions to understand from the other person’s perspective.


Here are some powerful quotes from various people that emphasize the Importance and the Power of Empathy.

  • A prerequisite to empathy is simply paying attention to the person in pain. – Daniel Goleman
  • Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place. – Daniel H. Pink
  • When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems. – Stephen Covey
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Moral Identity, Empathy And Justice: Why Some People Donate More To Charity

“Our research examines how moral values of empathy and justice have distinct influences on people when they are asked to make donations benefiting others whose choices have led them to an unfortunate place in life,”

write authors Saerom Lee (University of Texas at San Antonio), Karen Page Winterich (Pennsylvania State University), and William T. Ross Jr. (University of Connecticut). 

“Our results can help non-profits be more cautious when describing the causes and beneficiaries they are supporting. Donation appeals should specify or imply low responsibility of the charity recipients or, alternatively, seek to elicit empathy to increase donations,” the authors conclude.


“Rather than appealing to a broader spectrum of moral values, messages should focus on the moral values of empathy and benevolence.” 


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Stress Hormones Promote Brain's Building of Negative Memories

Stress Hormones Promote Brain's Building of Negative Memories | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

“ Researchers report cortisol can strengthen negative memories.”


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What sign language teaches us about the brain

What sign language teaches us about the brain | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The world's leading humanoid robot, ASIMO, has recently learnt sign language. The news of this breakthrough came just as I completed Level 1 of British Sign Language (I dare say it took me longer to master signing than it did the robot!
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What is Cognitive Science? An introduction to the mind from the view points of: neuroscience, anthropology, computer science, psychology, philosophy, and linguistics.

What is Cognitive Science? An introduction to the mind from the view points of: neuroscience, anthropology, computer science, psychology, philosophy, and linguistics. | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Cognitive science is partly defined as the study of thought, learning, and mentalorganization, which are all investigable functions of the human brain. Therefore, byunderstanding the principles of the brain, we can take a step forward in holistically knowing whatthe mind is.Neuroscience and ConsciousnessThe brain is comprised of billions of neurons. Neurons are the fundamental cells in thebrain that communicate to perform most bodily functions and higher-level cognitions. The thingthat makes these cells unique is that they are plastic and able to adapt based on the experiencesthey encounter. Scientists' ability to study the connections and specific importances of groups ofneurons across the brain contributes to the understanding of how humans learn, think, andchange.Various behavioral methods like electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magneticresonance imaging (fMRI) allow us to record neural action in the brain during various tasksrelating to cognitive function. By using these techniques, and others, it has been proven that thefrontal lobe of the brain plays a large part in higher-level cognitive functions like analyzinginformation, solving future problems, developing strategies, and controlling purposeful behaviors.This is significant because lower-level primates do not have developed frontal lobes andtherefore are unable to complete these complex actions. This ability to perform higher-levelfunctions, that aren't simply primitive or instinctive responses, is what makes us distinctlyhuman, and ultimately what composes our unique conscious mind.While neuroscience can solve many questions about what it truly means to be aconscious being (like the ability to control instinctive behaviors), it cannot answer them all. Somehuman functions still remain mysterious because neuroscience can't pin down concepts likefree will or behavioral control. In conclusion, the mind is certainly an emergence from the brain,but it isn't necessarily a distinct subject that can be entirely comprehended by science in today’stime.3

 


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The dopamine transporter: Researchers study a common link between addiction and neurological disease

The dopamine transporter: Researchers study a common link between addiction and neurological disease | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Recent published research in the Journal of Clinical Investigation demonstrates how changes in dopamine signaling and dopamine transporter function are linked to neurological and psychiatric diseases, including early-onset Parkinsonism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
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Eye movement when reading could be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease

Eye movement when reading could be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

Researchers have suggested that alterations in eye movements when reading could be linked to impairments in working memory and an early indication of Alzheimer’s disease according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental...


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Chattering brain cells hold the key to the language of the mind - PsyPost

Chattering brain cells hold the key to the language of the mind - PsyPost | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

“By Kate Jeffery, University College London Let’s say Martians land on the Earth and wish to understand more about humans.”


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Eye Movements Reveal Difference Between Love And Lust

Eye Movements Reveal Difference Between Love And Lust | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Soul singer Betty Everett once proclaimed, “If you want to know if he loves you so, it’s in his kiss.” But a new study by University of Chicago researchers suggests the difference between love and lust might be in the eyes after all. Specifically, where your date looks at you could indicate whether love or…

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Love Is in the Gaze: An Eye-Tracking Study of Love and Sexual Desire

Love Is in the Gaze: An Eye-Tracking Study of Love and Sexual Desire | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

Reading other people’s eyes is a valuable skill during interpersonal interaction. Although a number of studies have investigated visual patterns in relation to the perceiver’s interest, intentions, and goals, little is known about eye gaze when it comes to differentiating intentions to love from intentions to lust (sexual desire). To address this question, we conducted two experiments: one testing whether the visual pattern related to the perception of love differs from that related to lust and one testing whether the visual pattern related to the expression of love differs from that related to lust. Our results show that a person’s eye gaze shifts as a function of his or her goal (love vs. lust) when looking at a visual stimulus. Such identification of distinct visual patterns for love and lust could have theoretical and clinical importance in couples therapy when these two phenomena are difficult to disentangle from one another on the basis of patients’ self-reports.

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Antipsychotic drugs linked to slight decrease in brain volume

Antipsychotic drugs linked to slight decrease in brain volume | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A study published today has confirmed a link between antipsychotic medication and a slight, but measureable, decrease in brain volume in patients with schizophrenia.
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SIX SECONDS HIGH: neurosciencestuff: Experts urge new discipline...

SIX SECONDS HIGH: neurosciencestuff: Experts urge new discipline... | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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“Experts urge new discipline combining benefits of neuroscience and psychology treatments
When a patient talks with a psychological therapist, what changes occur in the patient’s...
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