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Orgasm for dummies: Neuroscience explains why sex feels good

Orgasm for dummies: Neuroscience explains why sex feels good | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
New brain studies explain how pleasure really works -- and the amazing science behind amazing pleasure
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emotional intelligence

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emotional intelligence ("emotional intelligence" by @DanielGolemanEI
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Yes, I’m an Ethical Person–Before Lunch, Anyway

Yes, I’m an Ethical Person–Before Lunch, Anyway | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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When was the last time you engaged in unethical behavior? Be honest, now, and be specific: What time of day was it when you cheated on that test, lied to your spouse, or stole that item from the company break room?
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Rep. Tim Ryan: Mindfulness Helps Me Maintain A Connection To My Values ... - Huffington Post

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The Healing Power of Compassion

The Healing Power of Compassion | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Cindy Ricardo, LMHC, CIRT - Suffering causes people to want to recoil from the pain. Not reacting or judging oneself opens the door to self-compassion.

 

Opening Heart and Mind Helps Connect and Heal

Running groups for survivors of domestic violence, I hear stories about physical, emotional, and verbal abuse. These stories are traumatic and heart-breaking. They all share a common theme of fear, loss of identity, and confusion. The shared experience of having to set aside their needs in an attempt to meet the needs of a controlling partner, whose wants and expectations are insatiable and unrealistic, left them with a sense of low self-worth, shame, and suffering. What helps them heal and become empowered is their ability to let go of judgment, share their stories in a supportive environment, and learn to develop a practice of self-care and compassion.


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The BioSync Team's curator insight, November 8, 2013 9:31 PM

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

—Dalai Lama


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The science of compassion is growing.  We are wired to connect and to turn to other humans for comfort.

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The Relationship Between Narcissistic Exploitativeness, Dispositional Empathy, and Emotion Recognition Abilities

The Relationship Between Narcissistic Exploitativeness, Dispositional Empathy, and Emotion Recognition Abilities | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

The present research explores the link between the personality trait exploitativeness, a component of narcissism, and emotion recognition abilities. Prior research on this topic has produced inconsistent findings. We attempt to resolve these inconsistencies by testing the hypothesis that narcissistic exploitativeness, in particular, should be associated with emotion-reading abilities because it specifically taps into the motivation to manipulate others. Across two studies we find that narcissistic exploitativeness is indeed associated with increased emotion recognition, but in some cases the confounding effects of mood need to be considered (Study 1). Importantly, effect sizes of narcissistic exploitativeness were similar in magnitude to two different measures of dispositional empathy, which is an established correlate of emotion recognition. These studies suggest that emotional recognition abilities are associated with desirable and undesirable traits.


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Teaching Empathy Through Digital Game Play - MindShift (blog)

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Teaching Empathy Through Digital Game Play
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Quandary approaches the broad topic of ethics by helping students understand how to take a different perspective and learn how to empathize.
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Personal Reflection Triggers Increased Brain Activity During Depressive Episodes

Personal Reflection Triggers Increased Brain Activity During Depressive Episodes | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Using neuroimaging techniques, researchers find people experiencing depressive episodes have increased brain activity when thinking about themselves.
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Safecracking the Brain - Issue 6: Secret Codes - Nautilus

Safecracking the Brain - Issue 6: Secret Codes - Nautilus | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

It’s hard to imagine an encryption machine more sophisticated than the human brain. This three-pound blob of tissue holds an estimated…


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Nalini Ambady, Psychologist of Intuition, Is Dead at 54 - New York Times

Nalini Ambady, Psychologist of Intuition, Is Dead at 54 - New York Times | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
New York Times Nalini Ambady, Psychologist of Intuition, Is Dead at 54 New York Times Nalini Ambady, a social psychologist whose research on the surprising accuracy of first impressions was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in “Blink,” his...
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Scientists Believe Lasers Could Help Cure Alzheimer’s And Parkinson’s

Scientists Believe Lasers Could Help Cure Alzheimer’s And Parkinson’s | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Lasers are the new hope in eliminating deadly brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, according to a new study.
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Quantity, not just quality, in new Stanford brain scan method

Quantity, not just quality, in new Stanford brain scan method | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Imagine that your mechanic tells you that your brake pads seem thin, but doesn't know how long they will last. Or that your doctor says your child has a temperature, but isn't sure how high.
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3quarksdaily: You Can't Learn About Morality from Brain Scans

3quarksdaily: You Can't Learn About Morality from Brain Scans | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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Joshua Greene's conclusion about utilitarianism contradicts other social neuroscience findings about the importance of empathy-based moral development.

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Jon Kabat-Zinn: Listening is an Act of Love

Bestselling author and researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn explores how mindfulness-based stress reduction can help you to go beyond the self, to identify and alleviat...

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Listening is a powerful, emotional process requiring an intentional and mindful effort.  Carl Rogers said “The biggest block between two people is their inability to listen to each other intelligently, understandingly and skilfully” .

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The Happiness Formula

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Ed Diener has focused his career on uncovering the essential ingredients to subjective well-being, a term that includes positive feelings and life satisfaction. Nicknamed “Dr.
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Does Your Left Brain Know What Your Right Brain is Thinking? (Op-Ed) - LiveScience.com

Does Your Left Brain Know What Your Right Brain is Thinking? (Op-Ed) - LiveScience.com | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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Does Your Left Brain Know What Your Right Brain is Thinking?
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Having Friends Is Actually Good For You - Huffington Post Canada

Having Friends Is Actually Good For You - Huffington Post Canada | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Having Friends Is Actually Good For You
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It is well established that our brains are social. Neuroscience is confirming what we have always known: we are better -- healthier and happier -- when we have friends.
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Study Analyzes Effectiveness of Sending Follow-Up Postcards to Suicidal Patients -

Study Analyzes Effectiveness of Sending Follow-Up Postcards to Suicidal Patients - | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Review of current research in EMS.

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How the Brain Gets Addicted to Gambling: Scientific American

How the Brain Gets Addicted to Gambling: Scientific American | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Addictive drugs and gambling rewire neural circuits in similar ways
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Why understanding John Howard's climate cognition is important - Crikey

Why understanding John Howard's climate cognition is important
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It's refreshing to see a contributor writing in Crikey without the smart-arsed moral superiority I am used to - as illustrated by the comments already posted.
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Finding Your Own Rhythm at Work through Self-Compassion

Finding Your Own Rhythm at Work through Self-Compassion | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Most of what I am about to tell you is contrary to what you might have been taught or have come to believe in. I have to share this with you because it's just too good not to and because it's something that we need to place more emphasis on.

 

All you "need" is a practice of self-compassion.

Dr. Kristin Neff spoke brilliantly at the Stanford University CCARE, Business and Compassion Conference. She addressed how our global evaluation of self-worth breeds an internal negative dialogue of, 'Am I good enough?' She says that this sets us up for social comparison and nasty social dynamics. It breeds the idea that we need to be "special" or "above average" in order to be acceptable -- not to mention what it's done to further instill narcissism, which appears to be on the rise.

 

And what happens when we fail? This concept of self-esteem is contingent upon our success. We are "not allowed" to fail. Well, I'm here to share with you that it doesn't have to be this way...

Paula Pyne

Founder of Uplift Consulting


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Language Log » The Gladwell pivot

Language Log » The Gladwell pivot | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

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Magnesium levels vital to brain health as population ages

Magnesium levels vital to brain health as population ages | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A clinical study shows that a magnesium formula prevents synapse loss and reverses memory decline in mice with Alzheimer’s Disease.
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Tuning the Brain | The Scientist Magazine®

Tuning the Brain | The Scientist Magazine® | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Deep-brain stimulation is allowing neurosurgeons to adjust the neural activity in specific brain regions to treat thousands of patients with myriad neurological disorders.
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How the Brain Gets Addicted to Gambling

When Shirley was in her mid-20s she and some friends road-tripped to Las Vegas on a lark. That was the first time she gambled. Around a decade later, while working as an attorney on the East Coast, she would occasionally sojourn in Atlantic City.
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