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Novelty + Social Interactions = Enhanced Emotional Intelligence...

Novelty + Social Interactions = Enhanced Emotional Intelligence... | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
When was the last time you traveled to a stimulating location or tried a new activity that seemed thrilling and intriguing?
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Game Theoretical Analysis of the Duel - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Game Theoretical Analysis of the Duel - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Game Theoretical Analysis of the Duel
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We've all been there. A good-natured dispute among friends escalates; one party insults the honour of another; and the situation can only be resolved with a duel.
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Breakthrough therapy allows four paraplegic men to voluntarily move their legs

Breakthrough therapy allows four paraplegic men to voluntarily move their legs | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Four young men who have been paralyzed for years achieved groundbreaking progress—moving their legs—as a result of epidural electrical stimulation of the spinal cord, an international team of life scientists reports today in the medical journal Brain.
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You need 12 hugs every day (creates empathy and understanding)

You need 12 hugs every day (creates empathy and understanding) | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

"The skin is the largest sensory organ in the body.  Physical touch, in particular hugs, are extremely beneficial physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually for both parties involved.


 Hugging builds trust and secures a sense of safety.  It builds self-esteem, relaxes muscles and releases tension.  It boosts oxytocin and serotonin levels.  It strengthens the immune system and balances the nervous system.  


Energetically it teaches us to give and receive, showing us how love flows both ways, and the synergistic flow of energy back and forth between two people creates empathy and understanding."


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the synergistic flow of energy back and

 forth between two people creates

empathy and understanding."

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Brains in Boston: Weekend Recap of Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s Annual Meeting | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Brains in Boston: Weekend Recap of Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s Annual Meeting | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

Greetings from Boston where the 21st annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Societyis underway.  Saturday and Sunday were packed with symposia, lectures and more than 400 posters.  Here are just a few of the highlights.

The bilingual brain has been a hot topic at the meeting this year, particularly as researchers grapple with the benefits and challenges of language learning. In news that will make many college language majors happy, a group of researchers led by Harriet Wood Bowden of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville have demonstrated that years of language study alter a person’s brain processing to be more like a native speaker’s brain. They found that native English speaking students with about seven semesters of study in Spanish show very similar brain activation to native speakers when processing spoken Spanish grammar. The study used electroencephalography, or EEG, in which electrodes are placed along the scalp to pick up and measure the electrical activity of neurons in the brain below. By contrast, students who have more recently begun studying Spanish show markedly different processing of these elements of the language. The study focused on the recognition of noun-adjective agreement, particularly in gender and number.

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Restoring Visual Function to Blind Mice with a Photoswitch that Exploits Electrophysiological Remodeling of Retinal Ganglion Cells: Neuron

Restoring Visual Function Remodeling of Retinal Ganglion Cells: Neuron http://t.co/NrRfSAAJoq
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Does Loneliness Really Put You At Higher Risk for Premature Death?

Does Loneliness Really Put You At Higher Risk for Premature Death? | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
New research shows that the impact of loneliness could be a lot more devastating than just a few unpleasant emotions.
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Scientists identify key cells in touch sensation

Scientists identify key cells in touch sensation | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
In a study published in the April 6 online edition of the journal Nature, a team of Columbia University Medical Center researchers led by Ellen Lumpkin, PhD, associate professor of somatosensory biology, solve an age-old mystery of touch: how cells...
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The hormone that allows us to love may also encourage us to lie

The hormone that allows us to love may also encourage us to lie | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Oxytocin is a hormone produced naturally by our bodies to promote bonding, maternal instincts and partner attractiveness. But, if it benefits our group, can it also help us to lie?
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» The Neuroscience of Resiliency: An Interview with Linda Graham - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

Linda Graham, author of Bouncing Back shares with us what we can do to wire a more resilient brain. (The #brain becomes more #resilient any time we steadily cultivate the positive, pro-social #emotions...
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Microsoft's other mogul Paul Allen is now trying to map the brain - The Independent

Microsoft's other mogul Paul Allen is now trying to map the brain - The Independent | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The Independent Microsoft's other mogul Paul Allen is now trying to map the brain The Independent The American multi-billionaire – often described as the other mogul behind Microsoft alongside Bill Gates – is committed to spending half a billion...

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, April 5, 2014 3:35 PM

The brain is quite unlike a computer,” Allen told The Economistmagazine last year. “Instead of memory and a few calculating elements, evolution designed every little bit of it to be hideously complex. And then when you start studying every little bit of it, you find there’s even additional complexity. Understanding how the brain works is a fiendishly challenging problem.”


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Light Activated Neurons from Stem Cells Restore Function to Paralysed Muscles

Light Activated Neurons from Stem Cells Restore Function to Paralysed Muscles | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers use optogenetics to restore function to paralyzed muscles.

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Study finds connections between genetics, brain activity and preference | Science Codex

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The Psychology of Sharing

The Psychology of Sharing | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The way each individual shares online says a lot about their personality. StatPro explored deeper into the psychology of sharing and created an interesting infographic with their findings.
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Oxytocin Boosts Dishonesty | The Scientist Magazine®

Oxytocin Boosts Dishonesty | The Scientist Magazine® | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The so-called “love hormone” can make people more dishonest when it serves the interests of their group. 
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Study confirms impact of clinician-patient relationship on health outcomes

Study confirms impact of clinician-patient relationship on health outcomes | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A meta-analysis of studies that investigated measures designed to improve health professionals' interactions with patients confirms that such efforts can produce health effects just as beneficial as taking a daily aspirin to prevent heart attack.
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Parkinson's Disease and Pesticides: What's the Connection?

Parkinson's Disease and Pesticides: What's the Connection? | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Scientists find a way chemicals may contribute to Parkinson’s
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New research suggests connection between white matter and cognitive health

New research suggests connection between white matter and cognitive health | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
New research suggests connection between white matter and cognitive health http://t.co/t4HWO6Ojfw #neuroscience
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7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People

7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
People with high emotional intelligence tend to do better at work. So what habits do they have that set them apart?

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Twenty Years of Alzheimer’s Research May Have Focused on the Wrong Protein

Twenty Years of Alzheimer’s Research May Have Focused on the Wrong Protein | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Most researchers think the disease is caused by the build-up of beta amyloid. But over 100 drugs targeting it have failed. Have they been focusing on the wrong protein all this time?
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The Making of a Scientist - In Conversation with Cognitive Psychologist Gary Marcus - Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers — NOVA Next | PBS

The Making of a Scientist - In Conversation with Cognitive Psychologist Gary Marcus - Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers — NOVA Next | PBS | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
What are babies thinking? How do they develop the ability to speak? How do nature and nurture interact as the mind develops? Gary Marcus is an...
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Mechanical Beings | On Psychology and Neuroscience

Mechanical Beings | On Psychology and Neuroscience | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
From studies like the one conducted by Professors Alan S. Cowen, Marvin Chun, and Brice A. Kuhl at the Universities of Berkley, Yale, and New York, where they have taken the neural activity recorded using an fMRI and have ...
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The Neuroscience Of Imagination

The Neuroscience Of Imagination | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Understanding how imagination works could be the key to daydreaming yourself into a sharper, more creative person.
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Researchers explore the relationship between self-compassion and health

Researchers explore the relationship between self-compassion and health | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—We all have stress in our lives, whether it's a daily commute, workplace pressures or relationship troubles. But how we deal with that stress could impact our health and longevity.
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Toward a clearer diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome | Science Codex

Toward a clearer diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome | Science Codex | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies, in collaboration with Osaka City University and Kansai University of Welfare Sciences, have used functional PET imaging to show that levels of neuroinflammation, or inflammation of the
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