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The Science of Compassion

The Science of Compassion | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it
Empirically speaking, does the experience of compassion toward one person measurably affect our actions and attitudes toward other people?

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Time Flies When You’re Having Goal-Motivated Fun

Time Flies When You’re Having Goal-Motivated Fun | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

New research from psychological science suggests that the familiar adage may really be true, with a caveat: time flies when we’re have goal-motivated fun.


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A Sense Of Humor Increases Creativity

A Sense Of Humor Increases Creativity | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

...."If this different way of thinking explains the correlation between humor and intellectual creativity, then developing your sense of humor wouldn't necessarily help you to become more creative (although you might be happier). To do that, you would have to change the deeper patterns of thought. But then, what if humor did just that?

 

Remember that humor lights up three parts of the brain, starting with the thinking part that helps you get the joke. Consider a one-liner, like "If at first you don't succeed, skydiving may not be for you." A joke like this starts out with a traditional saying ("If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."), and then surprises you. It disobeys conventional expectations. It goes in an unexpected direction."

 

AN : the thesis here is that humour and creativity interlope....from an original article by Steve Gillman. ( Great and prolific author ).

 

http://creative.web.net/node/807

 

 


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Fathers, More than Mothers, Shape a Child's Personality

Fathers, More than Mothers, Shape a Child's Personality | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it
Fatherly love has just as much if not more influence on a person's personality compared to motherly love.

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How Your Mood Affects Your Creativity

How Your Mood Affects Your Creativity | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

To make sense of our elusiveness, some psychologists study the relationship between our mental states and creative output. Is relentless focus good for creativity? Or is it better to let the mind wander? Where does inspiration come from?


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The Complex Relationship Between Happiness and Motivation

The Complex Relationship Between Happiness and Motivation | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it
Can too much happiness hurt motivation? Can too much motivation hurt happiness? How can we find a balance between happiness and motivation?

 

I guess it depends on your definition of happiness. If you define happiness as being fully satisfied and content with everything in your life, then there would never be anything you’re motivated to change.

 

Motivation implies a willingness to make something better. But if you’re happy with everything, then there is nothing you want to make better because everything is already fine the way it is.

 

Read more: http://www.theemotionmachine.com/the-comp


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When Good is Bad and Bad is Good: Beyond "Positive" Psychology

When Good is Bad and Bad is Good: Beyond "Positive" Psychology | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

If characteristics like kindness and forgiveness aren’t necessarily a good thing for everyone, than we need to move forward with caution, only promoting these characteristics in the contexts in which they are likely to be fruitful.


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It's Seriously A Good Idea To Laugh At Yourself, Science Confirms

It's Seriously A Good Idea To Laugh At Yourself, Science Confirms | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it
Are you really, truly capable of laughing at yourself? If so, it's a good sign that you have an optimistic personality and a good sense of humor, a new study suggests.

 

More on LAUGHTER: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=laughter

 


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Study finds emotion reversed in left-handers' brains

Study finds emotion reversed in left-handers' brains | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

The way we use our hands may determine how emotions are organized in our brains.

 

Articles about NEUROSCIENCE: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=neuroscience

 


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Why Everyone Believes in Magic (Even You)

Why Everyone Believes in Magic (Even You) | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it
In a new book, author Matthew Hutson accrues evidence that suggests we all believe in magic; he argues that magical thinking is actually good for us.

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Creative Thinkering

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Thomas Edison's creative thinking lessons. By Michael Michalko...

 

1. CHALLENGE ALL ASSUMPTIONS.

2. QUANTITY.

3. NOTHING IS WASTED.

4. CONSTANTLY IMPROVE YOUR IDEAS AND PRODUCTS AND THE IDEAS AND PRODUCTS OF OTHERS.

5. TURN DEFICIENCIES TO YOUR ADVANTAGE.

6. RECORD YOUR IDEAS AND THOUGHTS.

 

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Creative Thinkering

Creative Thinkering | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it
Thomas Edison's creative thinking lessons. By Michael Michalko...

 

1. CHALLENGE ALL ASSUMPTIONS.

2. QUANTITY.

3. NOTHING IS WASTED.

4. CONSTANTLY IMPROVE YOUR IDEAS AND PRODUCTS AND THE IDEAS AND PRODUCTS OF OTHERS.

5. TURN DEFICIENCIES TO YOUR ADVANTAGE.

6. RECORD YOUR IDEAS AND THOUGHTS.

 

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Why recalling names is so vexing

Why recalling names is so vexing | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

We might assume that remembering faces and names puts similar demands on the brain, but neuroscience shows they are, in fact, governed by completely different processes.


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Dont get mad, get creative

Dont get mad, get creative | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

"For people who already feel separate from the crowd, social rejection can be a form of validation," says Johns Hopkins Carey Business School assistant professor Sharon Kim, the study's lead author. "Rejection confirms for independent people what they already feel about themselves, that they're not like others. For such people, that distinction is a positive one leading them to greater creativity."


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Technology: Can You Disconnect from the ‘Matrix’?

Technology: Can You Disconnect from the ‘Matrix’? | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

Are you a master of technology in which you use it as a tool to enhance the quality of your life? Or are you addicted to your technology such that it actually hurts the quality of your life? There is a growing body of evidence indicating that overuse of technology has the same neurochemical effects—a shot of dopamine, our bodies’ way of rewarding us—as do addictions to alcohol, drugs, sex, and gambling.


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Respect is the Root of Happiness, Not Money

Respect is the Root of Happiness, Not Money | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it
Money may make the world go 'round' but respect is what will make you happy. New studies have shown that the respect you've earned is worth more than what is in the bank.

 

More on HAPPINESS: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=happiness

 


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15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier.

 

More on HAPPINESS: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=happiness

 

 


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Humor is a Test of Character: Why Our Classrooms Need More Joy and Laughter

Humor is a Test of Character: Why Our Classrooms Need More Joy and Laughter | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

In their 2011 book Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind, Matthew M. Hurley, Daniel C. Dennett and Reginald B. Adams, Jr. explain the tight link between brain development and humor that cognitive neuroscientists have found.


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Are you past oriented or future oriented

How do you spend your time?  And do you reminisce about the past, or plan for the future? 

 

Consider thinking patterns of yourself and others with the following animation video.  

 

Includes interesting perspectives on how to deal with other people.


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Positive words: the glue to social interaction

Positive words: the glue to social interaction | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

Scientists at ETH Zurich have studied the use of language, finding that words with a positive emotional content are more frequently used in written communication. This result supports the theory that social relations are enhanced by a positive bias in human communication.


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[VIDEO] Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy?

Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we'll be miserable if we don't get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don't go as planned.


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The power of perceptions: Imagining the reality you want

The power of perceptions: Imagining the reality you want | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

"A human being is a deciding being," Viktor Frankl wrote in his 1946 book, "Man's Search for Meaning," which sold more than 10 million copies. "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

 

Articles about PSYCHOLOGY: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=psychology

 


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What Is Intelligence? Just a Byproduct of Cooperation.

What Is Intelligence? Just a Byproduct of Cooperation. | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

By developing computer simulations of neural networks that evolved over 50,000 generations, scientists at Trinity University have concluded that intelligence is an evolutionary byproduct of social teamwork.


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Harry Madigan's curator insight, October 4, 2014 2:53 AM

Similar to the second source i curated, this article explores the notion that intelligence is an evolutionary byproduct of social teamwork.


The idea that without cooperation then intelligence would not be what it is today. 

 

a perfect article for cooperative contribution :) 

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The Internet's Cult of Now

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There is only one measure of time that matters to the current Internet generation: the here and now. The Cult of Now is influencing everything that we do and every interaction we have on the Internet, especially since providing a live, real-time update is often no more difficult than pressing a button on a smart phone. We now perceive our digital lives as a continuous flow of information, and as the intensity of this information flow builds, it means that "the now" gets a disproportionate amount of attention and focus in our society. The Cult of Now satisfies our desire for instant digital gratification, but does it impoverish us in other ways?


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Emotional Equations: Counting what Counts In Life and Business

Emotional Equations: Counting what Counts In Life and Business | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

In Emotional Equations, Conley takes the mathematics of human happiness a step further, creating simple formulas like despair = suffering - meaning, which, when used systematically, he says, can give individuals and organizations a concrete method for addressing the human needs that drive them.


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