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Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

Many business people have already discovered the power of storytelling in a practical sense – they have observed how compelling a well-constructed narrative can be. But recent scientific work is putting a much finer point on just how stories change our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.


As social creatures, we depend on others for our survival and happiness. A decade ago, my lab discovered that a neurochemical called oxytocin is a key “it’s safe to approach others” signal in the brain. Oxytocin is produced when we are trusted or shown a kindness, and it motivates cooperation with others. It does this by enhancing the sense of empathy, our ability to experience others’ emotions.

 

Empathy is important for social creatures because it allows us to understand how others are likely to react to a situation, including those with whom we work.

 

 

by Paul J. Zak 

 

 

 


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To Improve a Memory, Consider Chocolate

To Improve a Memory, Consider Chocolate | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A small study shows that an antioxidant in chocolate appears to improve some memory skills that people lose as they age.
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Can’t Get Therapy? Try Gratitude and Kindness

Can’t Get Therapy? Try Gratitude and Kindness | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A new study finds that troubled people can reap enormous benefits from keeping a journal that focuses their attention on the good things in life.
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Regret Prevention

Regret Prevention | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
a quarter century of clinical work and research with highly distressed families, I consider myself to be in the business of preventing regret.
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Ten Surprising Facts About Loneliness

Ten Surprising Facts About Loneliness | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The damage loneliness does to your health and well-being
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Overwhelmed—and Stuck With a Stone-Age Brain

Overwhelmed—and Stuck With a Stone-Age Brain | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Attention is like a spotlight: what lies beyond is in our cognitive blind spot.
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Maslow’s Theory Revisited

Maslow’s Theory Revisited | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

A new article in the Review of General Psychology revisits Maslow's theory. According to its author, Mark Koltko-Rivera, Maslow's reasoning shifted over the course of his career. The shift occurred while he was studying peak experiences, which are "mystical experiences, aesthetic experiences, [and] emotional experiences involving nature." Maslow posited that a separate cognitive activity occurs during these experiences. Unlike the egocentrism of everyday thought patterns, the cognitive activity experienced during peak experience "[goes] beyond or above selfhood;" he called this "Being-cognition."

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What's Wrong With Being Right

What's Wrong With Being Right | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The practice of open-mindedness and reflection is enormously valuable particularly in our close relationships. But I won't kid you, it can be very difficult for those of us who have been attached to being right. It is freeing, but humbling....
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Film ‘Annabel’ Provokes Riots In France: Now Been Pulled From Show - Annabel Sparks Riots In French Cinemas

Film ‘Annabel’ Provokes Riots In France: Now Been Pulled From Show - Annabel Sparks Riots In French Cinemas | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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A radical experiment in empathy

A radical experiment in empathy | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
By leading the Americans in his audience step by step through the thought process, sociologist Sam Richards sets an extraordinary challenge: can they understand -- not approve of, but understand -- the motivations of an Iraqi insurgent? And by extension, can anyone truly understand and empathize with another?
(Filmed at TEDxPSU.)
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Out of Character: The Psychology of Good and Evil

Out of Character: The Psychology of Good and Evil | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The derivation of the word ‘character’ comes from an ancient Greek term referring to the indelible marks stamped on coins. Once character was pressed into your mind or soul, people assumed it was fixed. But what modern science repeatedly shows is that this just isn’t the case. As we discuss in our book, everyone’s moral behavior is much more variable than any of us would have initially predicted.
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Desire delayed

Desire delayed | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Mr Mischel is so keen on his test that he may occasionally see too much in it. His claim that postponing rewards may be causally related to better close relationships, for example, may seem a little farfetched.
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Why Do We Search For Our Roots?

Why Do We Search For Our Roots? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
What does our background have to tell us about who we are today?
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Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness

Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
"It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness."

In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parent...
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Green Cities, Happy Cities

Green Cities, Happy Cities | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that just moving to a greener urban area improves our mental health for at least three years following the move.
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Susceptibility for relapsing major depressive disorder can be calculated

The question if an individual will suffer from relapsing major depressive disorder is not determined by accident. Neuroscientists have chosen a new research approach, using computer-based models to study the disease. They show that chronic depression is triggered due to an unfortunate combination of internal and external factors.
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The Age of Awareness : RSA blogs

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Coaching. Psychotherapy. Meditation. Spirituality. Self-improvement. Self-love. What do these seemingly different social movements have in common?

 

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Here's Why It's Harder Than Ever Not To Obsess Over Your Appearance

Here's Why It's Harder Than Ever Not To Obsess Over Your Appearance | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
We're bombarded on a daily basis with images of ideal beauty. These images show up so often in our daily lives that it's easy to forget how new they are; that 150 years ago most women didn't see any photographs of other women -- much less a daily ba...
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Nobody realized truth about 'homeless' people

Nobody realized truth about 'homeless' people | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The NYC Rescue Mission show how invisible the homeless are by capturing people on camera who don’t acknowledge those on the street even when they’re family. Jen Markham has the powerful video. (Photo credit: Getty)
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Do Mentally Ill People 'Scare' You? Well, These Famous People Are Certainly Not Scary.

Do Mentally Ill People 'Scare' You? Well, These Famous People Are Certainly Not Scary. | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
These famous people from the past had mental illnesses, but they seemed pretty fine to me.
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Weekend Thought - A Path to Agile Connected Workplace and Thriving Communities.

Weekend Thought - A Path to Agile Connected Workplace and Thriving Communities. | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
“Connection is why we’re here, it’s what gives us meaning and purpose in life.” - Brene Brown
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Your happiness type matters

Your happiness type matters | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The kind of happiness you're feeling matters, as different kinds can have wildly different effects on your physical well-being.
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