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Empathic people are natural targets for sociopaths - protect yourself -- Sott.net

Empathic people are natural targets for sociopaths - protect yourself -- Sott.net | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

The empathy trap: therapists and counselors almost by definition are empathic, to facilitate clients' recovery - but this quality can mean those carers are targets for sociopaths, aided by what Dr Jane & Tim McGregor call "apaths". The first UK article on this cruel sport shows how to identify and thus avoid it. 

People targeted by a sociopath often respond with self-deprecating comments like "I was stupid", "what was I thinking" of "I should've listened to my gut instinct". But being involved with a sociopath is like being brainwashed. The sociopath's superficial charm is usually the means by which s/he conditions people. 


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Meditation induces gene expression changes

Meditation induces gene expression changes | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—With evidence growing that meditation can have beneficial health effects, scientists have sought to understand how these practices physically affect the body.
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The brain's function in perseverance

The brain's function in perseverance | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Perseverance is a quality that plays a large role in the success or failure of many pursuits.
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Norwegian brain researchers share Horwitz prize

Norwegian brain researchers share Horwitz prize | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Edvard and May-Britt Moser of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and John O'Keefe, from University College London have been awarded the 2013 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize for discoveries that have illuminated how the brain...
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Compassion Cultivation Training: Read How One Teacher Is Creating A More Compassionate World

Compassion Cultivation Training: Read How One Teacher Is Creating A More Compassionate World | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
by Sara Schaire

“Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) helped me create more ‘space’ with myself and when dealing with others. Space = patience,acceptance, better listening and more awareness.” -Recent CCT student

What is CCT? According to the course creators at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education:

 

“Compassion Cultivation Training is an eight-week educational program designed to help you improve your resilience and feel more connected to others—ultimately providing an overall sense of well-being. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness.”


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Darwin revisited: Compassion key to our survival

Darwin revisited: Compassion key to our survival | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
For Stanford researcher Emma Seppala, it’s our connections with others that matter most.

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Neuron - The Will to Persevere Induced by Electrical Stimulation of the Human Cingulate Gyrus

Neuron - The Will to Persevere Induced by Electrical Stimulation of the Human Cingulate Gyrus | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
  • Electrical stimulation of the anterior cingulate region performed in two subjects
  • A stereotyped set of cognitive and autonomic changes was elicited in both subjects
  • This included feeling of anticipated challenge and strong motivation to overcome it
  • Site of stimulation in both subjects was a core node of the brain’s salience network
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Anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is known to be involved in functions such as emotion, pain, and cognitive control. While studies in humans and nonhuman mammals have advanced our understanding of ACC function, the subjective correlates of ACC activity have remained largely unexplored. In the current study, we show that electrical charge delivery in the anterior midcingulate cortex (aMCC) elicits autonomic changes and the expectation of an imminent challenge coupled with a determined attitude to overcome it. Seed-based, resting-state connectivity analysis revealed that the site of stimulation in both patients was at the core of a large-scale distributed network linking aMCC to the frontoinsular and frontopolar as well as some subcortical regions. This report provides compelling, first-person accounts of electrical stimulation of this brain network and suggests its possible involvement in psychopathological conditions that are characterized by a reduced capacity to endure psychological or physical distress.

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Why We Cry: The Science of Sobbing and Emotional Tearing

Why We Cry: The Science of Sobbing and Emotional Tearing | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Why it's easier to prevent a crying spell than to stop one already underway.

The human body is an extraordinary machine, and our behavior
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Being Human: Perception & the Brain

V.S. Ramachandran and Beau Lotto discuss the brain, our lived experience of the world, and how it relates to being human.

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Neuroplasticity: Your Brain’s Amazing Ability to Form New Habits | Refocuser

Neuroplasticity: Your Brain’s Amazing Ability to Form New Habits | Refocuser | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
One of the most popular areas of research in psychology these days is neuroplasticity.  Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to restructure i

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Self Compassion | Franciscan Spiritual Center

Self Compassion | Franciscan Spiritual Center | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

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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How food evokes the feelings of childhood – Julian Baggini – Aeon

How food evokes the feelings of childhood – Julian Baggini – Aeon | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Why is the smell and taste of some foods so evocative of the past? I spent a day eating childhood favourites to find out
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Common Brain Cell Plays Key Role in Shaping Neural Circuits

Common Brain Cell Plays Key Role in Shaping Neural Circuits | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Astrocytes actively refine neural circuits by selectively eliminating synapses, a new study reports.

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6 Trends From Facebook’s Compassion Research Day - AllFacebook

6 Trends From Facebook’s Compassion Research Day - AllFacebook | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

Facebook is hosting the fourth Compassion Research Day Thursday at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., and the social network revealed six important trends its compassion research team discovered while partnering with researchers from Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence, Stanford University, Northeastern University, Claremont McKenna University, and other institutions.

Facebook said in introducing the six trends, which it revealed during the event:


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Tango Your Mental Illness Away: Psychiatric Hospital In Argentina Offers Patients Dance Classes To Build Social Communication

Tango Your Mental Illness Away: Psychiatric Hospital In Argentina Offers Patients Dance Classes To Build Social Communication | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Tango therapy taught at Argentina's Borda Hospital encourages psychiatry patients to come out of their shell in order to "communicate" with others.
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Gratitude or guilt? People spend more when they 'pay it forward'

Gratitude or guilt? People spend more when they 'pay it forward' | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
As shoppers across the nation prepare to pounce on Black Friday sales, researchers are looking at what happens to commerce when there's no set price tag.
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Limbic Revision: How Love Rewires the Brain

Limbic Revision: How Love Rewires the Brain | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
On the capacity for transformation and its prerequisite of letting go.

Last weekend, at a dear friend's wedding, the groom's sister read
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Science of Generosity // University of Notre Dame

Science of Generosity // University of Notre Dame | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Home page of the science of generosity initiative, with a video introduction featuring Christian Smith and Nicholas Christakis, and news items on generosity.
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The Role of Emotions on Risk Preferences: An Experimental Analysis


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14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent

14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story.
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Shared Neural Mechanisms Underlying Social Warmth and Physical Warmth

Shared Neural Mechanisms Underlying Social Warmth and Physical Warmth | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Tristen K. Inagaki
Naomi I. Eisenberge
University of California, Los Angeles

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.

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Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas: Compassion in the Brain

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.


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Music and the Mind - Center for Educational Improvement

Music and the Mind - Center for Educational Improvement | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
By Suzan Mullane. “Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” So sayeth British playwright William Congreve  in opening Act 1 of the Mourning Bride.

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Why Are We So Wired to Connect?

Why Are We So Wired to Connect? | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A new book outlines the evidence for the primacy of social connections in our lives, and presents guidelines improving workplaces, schools, and personal well-being.

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Man is a social animal!

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Functional Relevance of Micromodules in the Human Association Cortex Delineated with High-Resolution fMRI

Functional Relevance of Micromodules in the Human Association Cortex Delineated with High-Resolution fMRI | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

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