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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
MindShift (blog)
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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How to Build a Happier Brain

How to Build a Happier Brain | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A neuropsychological approach to happiness, by meeting core needs (safety, satisfaction, and connection) and training neurons to overcome a negativity bias
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People Are More Moral in the Morning

People Are More Moral in the Morning | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Faced with a moral decision? Study suggests you should make it in the morning.
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UC psychology expert studying origins of attraction | Scoop News

UC psychology expert studying origins of attraction | Scoop News | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A University of Canterbury (UC) psychology expert is trying to understand the origins of personal attraction by studying changes in time perception.
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Frontiers | Effects of music learning and piano practice on cognitive function, mood and quality of life in older adults | Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience - Linkis.com

Frontiers | Effects of music learning and piano practice on cognitive function, mood and quality of life in older adults | Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience - Linkis.com | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Reading music and playing a musical instrument is a complex activity that comprises motor and multisensory (auditory, visual, and somatosensory) integration in a unique way.
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Stephen McGinty: Loneliness can touch us all - Scotsman

Stephen McGinty: Loneliness can touch us all - Scotsman | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Stephen McGinty: Loneliness can touch us all Scotsman A paper published in 2000, “Loneliness and Isolation: Modern Health Risk”, stated that lonely men had higher levels of a blood chemical linked to heart disease, while the Centre for Cognitive...
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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
Crikey
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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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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The Lack of Gentle Platonic Touch in Men’s Lives is a Killer

The Lack of Gentle Platonic Touch in Men’s Lives is a Killer | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
In American culture, we believe that men can never be entirely trusted in the realm of the physical.
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The Best Kept Secret to Highly Successful Couples

The Best Kept Secret to Highly Successful Couples | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
New research unveils the impact of romantic style on successful relationships.
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Philosophy in Action: The Role of Empathy in Morality: Audio

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Dr. Diana Hsieh of Philosophy in Action answered a question about the role of empathy in morality on 3 November 2013: What is the relationship between empathy and morality? Must a person possess a strong sense of empathy to be moral?

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Brain Researchers Discover How Retinal Neurons Claim Best Connections - Science Daily (press release)

Brain Researchers Discover How Retinal Neurons Claim Best Connections - Science Daily (press release) | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Brain Researchers Discover How Retinal Neurons Claim Best Connections Science Daily (press release) Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the University of Louisville have discovered that during neurodevelopment, neurons...
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PLOS ONE: The Relationship between Trait Emotional Intelligence and Interaction with Ostracized Others' Retaliation

PLOS ONE: The Relationship between Trait Emotional Intelligence and Interaction with Ostracized Others' Retaliation | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Hubski: a thoughtful web.(PLOS ONE: The Relationship between Trait Emotional Intelligence and Interaction with Ostracized Others' Retaliation http://t.co/YzgWctq5Ex)...
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