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The Maddening of America by Liah Greenfeld - Project Syndicate

The Maddening of America by Liah Greenfeld - Project Syndicate | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The claim that the spread of severe mental illness in the US has reached “epidemic” proportions has been heard so often that, like any commonplace, it has lost its ability to shock.
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Couples who say “we” have a better shot at resolving conflicts

Couples who say “we” have a better shot at resolving conflicts | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
People often complain about those seemingly smug married couples who constantly refer to themselves as “we.” But a new study from the UC Berkeley suggests that spouses who use “we-ness” language are better able to resolve conflicts than those who don’t. Researchers analyzed conversations between 154 middle-aged and older couples about points of disagreement in their marriages and found that those who used pronouns such as “we,” “our” and “us” behaved more positively toward one another and showed less physiological stress.
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The Top Habits of Healthy, Happy, Productive People

The Top Habits of Healthy, Happy, Productive People | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The key to health happiness & productivity is positive thoughts & selfless giving. Learn more about the top habits that separate good people from great ones
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Some Early Childhood Experiences Shape Adult Life, But Which?

Some Early Childhood Experiences Shape Adult Life, But Which? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Nature and nurture both matter, and having love and support from parents early on makes make academic and social success as an adult more likely, a study finds. But a child's temperament matters too.
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How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins - YouTube

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collins When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brai...
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15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Written by: Luminita Saviuc, Purpose Fairy | Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make…
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Intelligent People All Have One Thing In Common: They Stay Up Later Than You

Intelligent People All Have One Thing In Common: They Stay Up Later Than You | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
There’s an electricity in the moon. A pulse, a magic, an energy. A bewitching entrancement unlike that of the sun.
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This Is Your Brain on Silence - Issue 16: Nothingness - Nautilus

This Is Your Brain on Silence - Issue 16: Nothingness - Nautilus | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
One icy night in March 2010, 100 marketing experts piled into the Sea Horse Restaurant in Helsinki, with the modest goal of making…
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Why We Blame Others but Not Ourselves | Big Think

Why We Blame Others but Not Ourselves | Big Think | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The psychological phenomenon known as fundamental attribution error describes our tendency to locate the cause of mistakes outside ourselves yet blame others personally. 
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Being someone else: How virtual reality is allowing men and women to swap bodies

It’s disorienting to look in the mirror and see yourself as another gender.
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Circles University | Happiness & Success Course

Circles University | Happiness & Success Course | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Get FREE earlybird access to Circles University’s new Happiness & Success course ($149 value!).
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Do the social sciences need a shake-up?

Do the social sciences need a shake-up? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Amanda Goodall and Andrew Oswald examine the state of the disciplines
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How singing together changes the brain: Tania de Jong AM at TEDxMelbourne - YouTube

Tania de Jong AM makes the case that people singing together can change the brain. Pushing the idea that creativity is the strategic tool of the 21st century...
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Jennifer Aaker: How to Feel Like You Have More Time

Jennifer Aaker: How to Feel Like You Have More Time | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
New research shows that experiencing moments of awe can change perceptions of our most valued commodity.
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NPR: Just A Little Nicer: TED speakers explore compassion, its roots, its meaning and its future.

NPR: Just A Little Nicer: TED speakers explore compassion, its roots, its meaning and its future. | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Compassion is a universal virtue, but is it innate or taught? Have we lost touch with it? Can we be better at it? In this hour, TED speakers explore compassion, its roots, its meaning and its future.

 

Sally Kohn: Is It Enough To Be Politically Correct? 
Krista Tippett: Has The Word 'Compassion' Lost Its Meaning? 
Robert Wright: Are We Wired To Be Compassionate? 
Karen Armstrong: How Can We Make The World More Compassionate 
Daniel Goleman: Why Aren't We More Compassionate

 


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David Hain's curator insight, December 20, 6:19 AM

A plea for compassion this Christmas and in 2015.  Here's how, courtesy of TED!

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The Critical Importance of Kindness

The Critical Importance of Kindness | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.
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Here's Why, How, And What You Should Doodle To Boost Your Memory And Creativity

Here's Why, How, And What You Should Doodle To Boost Your Memory And Creativity | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The author of The Doodle Revolution explains how this common "time waster" is really a creative launch-pad.
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How A 2-Minute Exercise Can Redirect Your Brain Toward Happiness

How A 2-Minute Exercise Can Redirect Your Brain Toward Happiness | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Feeling down? A bad mood can be tough enough to break, but when you feel as if your entire life has hit a rough patch, it can be impossible to see the proverbial "bright side."

Harvard-trained happiness researcher Shawn Achor has spent ...
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Neurologists Discover Michelangelo's Paintings Of God With A Brain

Neurologists Discover Michelangelo's Paintings Of God With A Brain | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Michelangelo was a religious man, but he was also a scientist.  He must have been very conflicted about painting a brain and brainstem in God's head and neck, especially in the Sistine Chapel.  After all, he was commissioned by the Church, which did not take too kindly to literal images on its murals. 
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Self Concept, Self Identity, Social Identity - YouTube

Self-Identity begins with the formation of a self-concept. Learn how we develop a social identity once there is an understanding that the self is different f...
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The Mirrorbox: The Story of How Art Became Science: Megan Daalder at TEDxGabriolaIsland - YouTube

Megan May Daalder is a self-styled guinea pig using performance, video, and scientific curiosity to investigate life on Earth. Her main interest is in probin...
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The Grand Illusion: Consciousness

The Grand Illusion: Consciousness | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Wherever you are reading this, take a moment now and notice your body: Are
your legs crossed? Is your posture straight or are you slouching? Are you
slightly warm or cold? Now notice your surroundings: Is your body in a
serene or noxious environment?  Is it being transported in a moving
vehicle, rocking slightly from side to side? If you could precisely answer
any of those questions, congratulations, you are conscious. How
consciousness arises from, as the great neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran
mused, "a three-pound mass of jelly that you can hold in your palm" is one
of science's deepest enigmas.  
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Alive Inside: How music can help fight dementia. » Sociology Lens

Alive Inside: How music can help fight dementia. » Sociology Lens | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

What’s your favourite song? Everyone has one. Or maybe, if you’re like me, you have about twenty. Those particular songs, our desert island discs, are powerful. They connect with us at a deep level and can arouse a variety of emotions: nostalgia, empowerment, wistfulness, sadness, ecstasy, maybe even a combination of these. But the potential of music – and particularly our favourite music, goes further than this. The forthcoming documentary ‘Alive Inside’, currently doing the rounds of the film festivals, powerfully illustrates the emancipatory potential of music which has largely gone unnoticed until now. For older people suffering the confusion and loneliness of dementia, music can bring them out of their isolation and help them re-engage with the outside world.  

 
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