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Prosocial Behavior: Why Do People Help?

Reading: Social Psychology- Why do we #help people? http://t.co/4naeRCkHMo
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A Laser Light Show in the Brain: What Optogenetics Means for Neuroscience

A Laser Light Show in the Brain: What Optogenetics Means for Neuroscience | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
By shining lasers through optical fibres aimed at particular populations of neurons at specific times, investigators can now effectively direct symphonies of light-induced neural activity inside the brain.

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Uplifting music can boost mental capacity, research finds

Uplifting music can boost mental capacity, research finds | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Uplifting concertos from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons can boost mental alertness, according to research from Northumbria University.
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Face the facts: Neural integration transforms unconscious face detection into conscious face perception

Face the facts: Neural integration transforms unconscious face detection into conscious face perception | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—The apparent ease and immediacy of human perception is deceptive, requiring highly complex neural operations to determine the category of objects in a visual scene.
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Smell and memory: old feelings in a new place

Smell and memory: old feelings in a new place | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
What happens when we're whisked away to a past memory by a scent?
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Researchers find depression stems from miscommunication between brain cells

Researchers find depression stems from miscommunication between brain cells | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine suggests that depression results from a disturbance in the ability of brain cells to communicate with each other.
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Lucid dreamers help scientists locate the seat of meta-consciousness in the brain

Lucid dreamers help scientists locate the seat of meta-consciousness in the brain | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Studies of lucid dreamers show which centers of the brain become active when we become aware of ourselves in dreams.
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Neuroscientists find overlooked brain area is an important locus of depression | Science Codex

Cold Spring Harbor, NY -- A team of neuroscientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and UC San Diego (UCSD) has collected evidence suggesting that a previously overlooked portion of the brain could be ...
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Neuroscientists find brain region responsible for our sense of 'personal space' | Science Codex

Pasadena, Calif.—In a finding that sheds new light on the neural mechanisms involved in social behavior, neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have pinpointed the brain structure responsible for our sense of...
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Brain study reveals the roots of chocolate temptations

Brain study reveals the roots of chocolate temptations | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers have new evidence in rats to explain how it is that chocolate candies can be so completely irresistible.
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Brain Researchers Can Detect Who We Are Thinking About

Brain Researchers Can Detect Who We Are Thinking About | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
FMRI scans of volunteers' media prefrontal cortexes revealed unique brain activity patterns associated with individual characters or personalities as subjects thought about them

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Social Neuroscience | Total Perspective

Social Neuroscience | Total Perspective | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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The unconscious mind


To some this post might be old news but to others hopefully it’s informative. Over the past decade or so there’s been a revolution in psychology. More than any time in history we now understand human beings and how we think and operate more than we ever have. This new dawn in science has been the result of breakthroughs primarily in neuroscience and social science research.

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Neuromarketing Tools for (Neuro) Public Health - MyScienceNews

Neuromarketing Tools for (Neuro) Public Health - MyScienceNews | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Brain imaging techniques applied to commercial uses are not allowed in France, and may carry unsavory associations elsewhere, too. And yet these tools can provide uniquely relevant information about what guides our behavior.
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Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

A new study has found that participating in an 8-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating.
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Study participants who completed an 8-week meditation training course had reduced activity in the right amygdala (highlighted structure) in response to emotional images, even when not meditating. (Gaëlle Desbordes, PhD, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Mass. General Hospital)

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Mental picture of others can be seen using fMRI, new study finds

Mental picture of others can be seen using fMRI, new study finds | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
It is possible to tell who a person is thinking about by analyzing images of his or her brain.
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Our mental models of people produce unique patterns of brain activation, which can be detected using advanced imaging techniques according to a study by Cornell University neuroscientist Nathan Spreng and his colleagues. "When we looked at our data, we were shocked that we could successfully decode who our participants were thinking about based on their brain activity," said Spreng, assistant professor of human development in Cornell's College of Human Ecology. Understanding and predicting the behavior of others is a key to successfully navigating the social world, yet little is known about how the brain actually models the enduring personality traits that may drive others' behavior, the authors say. Such ability allows us to anticipate how someone will act in a situation that may not have happened before.

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Just another pretty face: Professor investigates neural basis of prosopagnosia

Just another pretty face: Professor investigates neural basis of prosopagnosia | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
For Bradley Duchaine, there is definitely more than meets the eye where faces are concerned.
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These are examples of famous faces and non-famous faces used in Bradley Duchaine’s prosopagnosia experiment. Paired famous and non-famous faces are shown in corresponding positions. Credit: Bradley Duchaine 

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Neuromarketing: Pushing The Limits Of The Powers Of Persuasion

Neuromarketing: Pushing The Limits Of The Powers Of Persuasion | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

Neuromarketing: Pushing The Limits Of The Powers Of Persuasion. Should it have its own place in the scientific community?


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LOOK: This Is Your Body On Stress

LOOK: This Is Your Body On Stress | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Your boss reams you out for a bad presentation -- you break out into a sweat. Your demanding mother-in-law comes for a visit -- your head pounds.
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Neuroscience and Moral Responsibility

Neuroscience and Moral Responsibility | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A look at whether anomalies in the brain can let us off the hook for certain behavior.
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Ventral Striatum And Insular Cortex: Risk Aversion Is Visible In The Brain

Some people take risks with investments while others on safety with their money and in other business activities.
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Neuroscientists discover brain area responsible for fear of losing money | Science Codex

PASADENA, Calif.—Neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and their colleagues have tied the human aversion to losing money to a specific structure in the brain–the amygdala.
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Neuroscientists find brain stem cells that may be responsible for higher functions, bigger brains | Science Codex

Neuroscientists find brain stem cells that may be responsible for higher functions, bigger brains | Science Codex | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
LA JOLLA, CA -- August 9, 2012-- Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have identified a new stem cell population that may be responsible for giving birth to the neurons responsible for higher thinking.
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The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his product through stories instead of benefits and bullet points, sign-ups went through the roof.
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You Can Smell Other People’s Emotions, and They’re Contagious

You Can Smell Other People’s Emotions, and They’re Contagious | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
We all know that emotions are contagious, but new research shows we can smell what other people are feeling even if they aren’t in the same room.
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Oxytocin, Most Amazing Molecule in the World – Top 10 Reasons

Often called the "trust hormone", oxytocin is increasingly being seen as a brain chemical that does far more than just bring couples closer together.
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