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Scientists watch glowing molecules morph into memories in real time

Scientists watch glowing molecules morph into memories in real time | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
For the first time ever, neuroscientists have observed memory-forming molecules travel around the brain of a living animal in real time. The unprecedented breakthrough is shedding light on how nerve cells make memories.

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» The Many Faces of Empathy - World of Psychology

» The Many Faces of Empathy - World of Psychology | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

While empathy doesn’t come in as many varieties as are found in the cereal aisle, it is no more uniform than it is universal.

Empathy is generally understood as the ability to appreciate the ideas and feelings of another, even if those ideas or feelings are different from one’s own.

It is also volitional — I have to put on someone else’s shoes to be able to walk around in them awhile.

 

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Sharrock's curator insight, December 19, 2014 2:54 PM

This statement says a lot: "Empathy requires that we suspend our own judgments and emotions about a situation or person, and attempt to walk in their shoes, hence the more volitional aspect of true empathy."


This points to the skill-aspect of empathy. What do you do to redirect or turn off your judgments and emotions? We seem to naturally jump to conclusions and judge the actions and decisions of others, so this restraint is somewhat unnatural. The book Crucial Conversations offers a number of actions to take in order to overcome these impulses, but it is also clear that tiredness and stress will make such mental acrobatics difficult to even consider using. There are aikido-like mental moves to reframe discussions or to focus on different goals, but it is clear that a certain amount of training is necessary before one can become competent or to master such skills. The "staying in the moment" processes of being present also has some promise. 

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The Neuroscience Of Effective Leadership

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What do you get when you cross your grandmother’s advice with the latest research in neuroscience? According to Eric J. McNulty, this unlikely intersection holds the key to being a good leader. As the director of research at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, McNulty is often asked to recommend the latest and greatest reads on leadership. What he’s discovered is that books on brain science serve up sage insights more often than the traditional title penned from the corner office. He’s also observed that scientific research on the brain reveals what his grandma knew all along........


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Greek Gods, Narcissists and Psychopaths: What Do They Know about Empathy?

Greek Gods, Narcissists and Psychopaths: What Do They Know about Empathy? | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Greek Gods, Narcissists and Psychopaths: What Do They Know about Empathy? by Debra Kaplan I am often asked how I went from Wall Street commodity option trader to trauma and sex addiction therapist....

 

As Dr. Dutton writes:

“It has traditionally been thought that psychopaths are all bad. Psychopaths are very good at persuasion due to a trait known as cold empathy. Our personalities are a mixture of elements with some turned up, and others turned down. There are jobs where high scores on the psychopathic spectrum can be advantageous, such as some areas of intricate, high risk surgery. People think that psychopaths do not have empathy, and that is true in the sense that they don’t have hot empathy, they aren’t able to really feel what you and I might be feeling.

 

But what they are very good at is gauging cognitively and dispassionately what we might be feeling. They’re very good actors. And of course if you don’t have those attendant hot buttons that go with sensing what state another person might be in, you can very easily push those buttons yourself without getting caught up in the heat of the moment.”


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 26, 2014 11:51 PM

In a hyper-connected world, the busyness of life makes everything, including humans, into commodities. We have little time for our self let along the Other. Western culture is about individuals. The Japanese had to create a word for that when Admiral Perry showed up. Being a person is different than being an individual.

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When Guilt Stops Gratitude

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Why do we sometimes respond with resentment, not gratitude, when people are good to us? Research has the answer—and points to a solution.
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» Navigating Relationships & Abandonment Fears: Losing Others, Losing Me - World of Psychology

» Navigating Relationships & Abandonment Fears: Losing Others, Losing Me - World of Psychology | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

“As I have struggled through some very dark days of trauma recovery, I have come to understand some universal laws that have helped make sense of my chaotic (RT @PsychCentral: World of Psychology: Navigating Relationships & Abandonment Fears: Losing...”


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The Top Ten Brain Science And Psychology Studies Of 2013

The Top Ten Brain Science And Psychology Studies Of 2013 | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Putting it mildly, 2013 was an eventful year for brain science. This Top 10 list isn’t meant to be exhaustive (given how many studies are published each year, it never could be), but it’s a sturdy sampling of incredible work being conducted around...

 


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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, January 13, 2014 4:55 AM

 cool studies!

 

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Apparently, blind people can still actually "see" (you know that feeling when someone is watching you...), and it turns out that coffee is a protective factor against suicide. These are bad news for stalkers, and good news for coffee lovers!

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Mapping the Other Brain by R. Douglas Fields

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The World Science Festival Salon “Mapping the Brain:  A Grand Challenge” assembled a panel of experts to discuss President Obama’s brain mapping initiative in an open public forum on June 1, 2013.  In doing so, the...
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NHS brain scan to detect Alzheimer’s to be put to the test | Science & Tech | News | Daily Express

NHS brain scan to detect Alzheimer’s to be put to the test | Science & Tech | News | Daily Express | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A BREAKTHROUGH brain scan which can help confirm a suspected diagnosis of Alzheimer’s will be tested on the NHS for the first time tomorrow.
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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science

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It’s a question that’s perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from? We know it exists, at least in ourselves. But how it arises from chemistry and electricity in our brains is an unsolved mystery.

 


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▶ The Brain is Wired for Unity: Zoran Josipovic...

▶ The Brain is Wired for Unity: Zoran Josipovic... | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Norman Rosenthal is the world-renowned psychiatrist, researcher and best-selling author, who first described seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and pioneered ...
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Depression Linked to Low Zinc Levels in Blood

Depression Linked to Low Zinc Levels in Blood | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A meta-analysis from Canadian researchers shows that depression is associated with low concentrations of zinc in peripheral blood.
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Simple Eye Tests Accurately Identify Schizophrenia

Simple Eye Tests Accurately Identify Schizophrenia | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Simple eye tests that identify abnormal eye movements may help clinicians to distinguish between patients with and without schizophrenia.
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The "working" of working memory. [Dialogues Clin Neurosci. 2013] - PubMed - NCBI

PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

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What Your Eyes Say About Your Behavior: Eye Movements May Indicate Patience, Impulsivity

What Your Eyes Say About Your Behavior: Eye Movements May Indicate Patience, Impulsivity | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A team of Johns Hopkins researchers found evidence that people who are less patient tend to have faster saccades. In other words, they move their eyes with greater speed.
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Realizing Empathy: An Inquiry Into the Meaning of Making

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Realizing Empathy: An Inquiry Into the Meaning of Making by Seung Chan Lim aspires to capture the quality of engaging another in an empathic conversation. The design challenge was to find a balance between conventions, readability and the affordance of this quality in the reading experience.” Typefaces: Bell Centennial Std., Din Next Pro, Eames Century Modern.
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Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms Reversed in Mice

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A cancer drug given to mice eliminates brain-damaging proteins, leading to improved cognition within days, but will it work in humans?
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Advances in Meditation Research: Neuroscience and Clinical Applications - January 2014 - Wiley Online Library

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Dave Vago's curator insight, January 14, 2014 9:25 AM

The entire volume of The New York Academy of Sciences from the Advances in Meditation Research meeting last year is finally published: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nyas.2014.1307.issue-1/issuetoc
Willoughby Britton, Judson Brewer, Rael Cahn, Zoran Josipovic, Eileen Luders, Tim Gard, Fredrick Travis, and others contribute

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This Machine Can 3-D Scan Your Insides In A Single Heartbeat

This Machine Can 3-D Scan Your Insides In A Single Heartbeat | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
You've never seen your organs like this before.
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Architects of the Mind: A Blueprint for the Human Brain

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From the time of the earliest electronic computers, man has dreamed of replicating the human mind in silicon.
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Unfreeze Those Feelings!

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Feelings that are frozen can create many different problems: emotional and physical. Learn to unfreeze, process and integrate the message of your feelings.

 

"Highly sensitive people and severely abused people need to be aware that they can accept and take charge of their healing process by finding therapeutic practices and groups that will let them forgive and let go of the past. Engaging in such practices helps minimize the potential for long term destructive addiction and therefore is valuable for all people."


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Douglas Eby's curator insight, January 7, 2014 8:44 PM

Trauma takes many forms, and has different sources and levels of impact for each of us. See quotes by and about many well-known artists such as Sarah Polley, Halle Berry, Lady Gaga, will.i.am, Jennifer Lawrence, Jonathan Safran Foer and many others, in my article "Creative People, Trauma and Mental Health" - which includes a number of videos, book quotes, programs and other resources: http://talentdevelop.com/6550/creative-people-and-trauma/

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Social cognition in major depressive disorder: A new paradigm? - Springer

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Drinking Alcohol Doesn't Actually Kill Brain Cells

Drinking Alcohol Doesn't Actually Kill Brain Cells | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Myth: Alcohol kills brain cells. Now, to qualify that title, pure alcohol will absolutely kill brain cells and many other types of cells, which is why it is used as a disinfectant.
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PsychiatryOnline | American Journal of Psychiatry | Microvascular Abnormality in Schizophrenia as Shown by Retinal Imaging

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