Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy
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Neuroscience mapping brain connections - Los Angeles Times

Neuroscience mapping brain connections - Los Angeles Times | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Neuroscience mapping brain connections  In addition to gaining a deeper understanding of how normal brains process and store information, researchers also hope to find the root cause of disorders like autism and schizophrenia, which...

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Our greatest defect: crossing the chasm.

Our greatest defect: crossing the chasm. | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Dozens of people who seem to have a sizzling motivation, a good vision, a cutting edge idea but never succeeded to concretize it in the real world. I fall for the same trap as well. More often than I like to. When I tried to understand why, I found out that our defect was in our little understanding of the two networks in play: the idea network and the execution network.


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The Pleasure of the Tweet | David Linden | Big Think

Do digital media have any sweeping, unique pleasure-giving qualities? David J. Linden, Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, says the effect is a lot like the pleasure we get from gambling.

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Giacomo Rizzolatti - Mirror Neurons | GoCognitive

Giacomo Rizzolatti - Mirror Neurons | GoCognitive | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

In this interview, Dr. Giacomo Rizzolatti of the University of Parma, Italy, describes his discovery of a unique type of neurons in the human motor cortex. These neurons respond both when a person initiates a particular action, as well as when the person perceives another person perform a similar action. Because of this defining characteristic neurons with this characteristic are labeled as 'mirror neurons'. Dr. Rizzolatti describes how he and his colleagues first came across these types of neurons and the initial response by the scientific community. Great interview and short videos.


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TEDx - Mary Helen Immordino-Yang - Embodied Brains, Social Minds

Talk title: Embodied brains, social minds: How admiration inspires purposeful learning The science of neurobiology is changing our understanding about social emotions, showing us how inspiration is intertwined with our biological survival as a species.


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A Brief Guide to Embodied Cognition: Why You Are Not Your Brain |Scientific American Blog Network

A Brief Guide to Embodied Cognition: Why You Are Not Your Brain |Scientific American Blog Network | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Interesting read on "embodied cognition", the idea that the mind is not only connected to the body but that the body influences the mind. Insights by Lakoff and Davis, experts in the field.


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Three Keys to Mindful Leadership Coaching - via @Forbes

Three Keys to Mindful Leadership Coaching - via @Forbes | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

As you may have noticed, there’s been an explosion of information in recent years on neuroscience and how the brain handles change – and it’s fueling an interest in mindfulness. If you are a coach or are searching for one to boost your performance, remember this rule: mindful coaching is better coaching. And mindfulness practices have shown benefits for clients in health, decision-making and leadership.


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Embodied Cognition: What It Is & Why It's Important

Embodied Cognition: What It Is & Why It's Important | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Learn what embodied cognition is and why it is important. By Jeff Thompson..."Embodied cognition is the latest sexy topic in cognitive science. There is, however, a great deal of confusion about exactly what it means and how to study it. A lot of studies have hit the headlines claiming to be examples of embodiment, but if you look a little deeper they are really just business as usual with a few bells and whistles. The view of embodiment we would like to defend is a fairly radical view, with far-ranging implications for how we do cognitive science and what we will end up thinking the brain (for example) is up to."


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Study Finds High Brain Integration in Top Performers - Psych Central News

Study Finds High Brain Integration in Top Performers - Psych Central News | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

 

Why do some people excel in sports, music and managing companies? New research points to uniquely high mind-brain development in those who excel. "What we have found is an astonishing integration of brain functioning in high performers compared to average-performing controls,” said Fred Travis, Ph.D., director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. He claims this research is the “first in the world to show that there is a brain measure of effective leadership.”


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Intelligence: Brain size matters, but so do connections

Intelligence: Brain size matters,  but so do connections | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

"Measuring human intelligence may be controversial and oh-so-very-tricky to do. But like obscenity, we think we know it when we see it capacity...

The latest study underscores a growing appreciation among neuroscientists for the importance of the brain's "white matter" -- fat-covered clusters of axons that string neurons and the brain's two hemispheres together-- in brain function."


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The Emerging Mind: How relationships and the embodied brain shape who we are

Renowned academic, author, and director of the Mindsight Institute Dan Siegel, visits the RSA to reveal an extremely rare thing -- a working definition of the mind.


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Carla Chapman's curator insight, October 1, 2014 11:36 AM

Do we have a good working definition of the mind?  If we don't, how can our educators reach our youth effectively?  Does the lack of a definition paralyze our teachers from developing students minds?  And how does this affect attention?

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Digital Oxytocin: How Trust Keeps Facebook, Twitter Humming

Digital Oxytocin: How Trust Keeps Facebook, Twitter Humming | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Writtern by Adam L. Penenberg, Professor of Journalism at NYC and contributing editor for Fast Company

This is one of the "feel good" articles, a very positive report on social networks and how it's affecting those of us who are participating. It's backed up by Pew Research so it's not just the author's opinion.

What caught my attention: Excerpt:

The population on social networks has almost doubled over the past three years. Although some worry these online connections are being used to replace flesh and blood relationships, the Pew study found "little validity to concerns that people who use [social networks] experience smaller social networks, less closeness, or are exposed to less diversity." On the contrary, Americans "have more close social ties than they did two years ago," and "are less socially isolated."

And it all comes down to trust. For this, you can thank the oxytocin in your brain.


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Vagus nerve activation clue to empathy, compassion

Vagus nerve activation clue to empathy, compassion | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

"Our research and that of other scientists suggest that activation of the vagus nerve is associated with feelings of caretaking and the ethical intuition that humans from different social groups (even adversarial ones) share a common humanity."

 

Give Peace a chance.


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how to hack your culture | networks

how to hack your culture | networks | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Ideas, information, trust, influence, opportunity and other resources move through networks of relationships without necessarily adhering to what the org chart says. Social network analysis tools now allow us to make the invisible visible so that we can be more deliberate in our approach to networks. There are a couple of big opportunities here:


Good ideas often have social origins. Innovation is fueled by the exchange of ideas and perspectives and identities, and the accompanying creative tension. It is in this exchange that we have the opportunity to recombine and synthesize, generating brand new opportunities. By deliberately and proactively building networks we can create more of those valuable intersections.

 


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Tired of Feeling Bad? The New Science of Feelings Can Help

Tired of Feeling Bad? The New Science of Feelings Can Help | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Is your emotional style getting you down? Research finds the neural basis of your responses to life-and how you can change them...personality is not grounded in identifiable neurological mechanisms; it has not been traced to specific patterns of neural activity in the brain. This is where the theory of Emotional Style breaks new ground: through neuroimaging and other methodologies, I have traced Emotional Style—and, specifically, the six components that make it up—to patterns of activity throughout the brain.


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Harvard Lecture - The State of Cognitive Neuroscience P1

How have advances in the brain sciences informed the mind sciences, and how well has cognitive neuroscience fared and where is it going? Moderated by Marc Hauser. Speakers included Alfonoso Caramazza, Stephen Kosslyn, and Daniel Schacter


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Why We Need to Teach Mindfulness in a Digital Age | PBS

Why We Need to Teach Mindfulness in a Digital Age | PBS | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

"Recent brain imaging studies reveal that sections of our brains are highly active during down time. This has led scientists to imply that moments of not-doing are critical for connecting and synthesizing new information, ideas and experiences. The average American consumes 34 gigabytes of content and 100,000 words every single day, according to the 2008 report from UC San Diego. To put these numbers in perspective, one gigabyte is a symphony in high-fidelity sound or a broadcast quality movie. In the midst of this multimedia blitzkrieg, the importance of mindfulness and focused attention is rising. If we can't cultivate mindfulness and focused attention while sitting quietly in a room, then how can we expect to bring these qualities of mind into turbulent circumstances -- both on and offline?


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Howard, another cool find. Big fan of your writing. Smart mobs woke me up to the MOBILE imperative (and read like a racehorse runs :). Going to pick up Net Smart this weekend. Thanks, Marty
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Idea Framing, Metaphors, and Your Brain - George Lakoff

UC-Berkeley Linguistics Professor George Lakoff discusses how idea framing and metaphors contribute to shaping the way we think.

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Charlie Rose: The Brain Series (Videos)

Charlie Rose: The Brain Series (Videos) | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

The Charlie Rose Brain Series (videos) explores one of sciences final frontiers, the study of the human brain. Charlie interviews the most knowledgeable scientists and researchers in hopes of illuminating a new topic of study. Each monthly episode examine different subjects of the brain, including perception, social interaction, aging and creativity. Dr. Eric Kandel joins Charlie. He is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist and professor at Columbia University. He’s also affiliated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Episodes:

Episode 1 - The Great Mysteries of the Human Brain

Episode 2 - The Perceiving Brain

Episode 3 - The Acting Brain

Episode 4 - The Social Brain

Episode 5 - The Developing Brain

Episode 6 - The Aging Brain

Episode 7 - The Emotional and Vulnerable Brain

Episode 8 - The Anxious Brain

Episode 9 - The Mentally Ill Brain

Episode 10 - The Disordered Brain

Episode 11 - The Deciding Brain

Episode 12 - The Creative Brain

Episode 13 - Highlights from the Series

sponsored by Simons Foundation


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I will certainly be looking at these.
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The Molecule Behind Effective Teamwork| HBR

The Molecule Behind Effective Teamwork| HBR | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Paul Zak, author of The Moral Molecule, explains how oxytocin boosts cooperative behavior....Good tips for workplace functioning and correlation of oxytocin and social media. (Video)


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Gerald P. Kozlowski's curator insight, January 14, 2014 12:44 PM

Oxytocin (OT) was once only thought to act on smooth muscle of either the breast, uterus and females; or the vas deferens of males for spem transport. Now we associate OT to a role in bonding, love and, perhaps, morality. Why such an enormously strident leap? It makes sense that a mother would use OT to mediate bond-forming with the child because nature is parsimonious with its chemicals, often using the same molecule for physiologic and psychologic purposes if they are related to the same hapistance. Hence, all the recent other attributes of OT is more of the same economy of purpose despite having a vas deferens in the objectives to be achieved.

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How To Kill A Thought (In A Good Way): More On Mindfulness - Forbes

How To Kill A Thought (In A Good Way): More On Mindfulness - Forbes | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

We all have thoughts we can’t seem to snuff out...an even more fundamental question is how to deal with the negative, or otherwise undesirable, thoughts we have, on a moment-to-moment basis. In other words, when just you and your brain are alone together, how do you get it to quit assaulting you and just let you be? Here’s how to outwit your brain and quiet the chatter.


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The Creative Science Behind the Emotional Brain | Brain World

The Creative Science Behind the Emotional Brain | Brain World | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Do you recover quickly from setbacks, or are you prone to wallow in despair? Do your friends think you’re psychic because you always know how they’re feeling, or are you often accused of not “getting it”? Why are some people always “up,” while others are in a perpetual state of gloom and doom? Best-selling author and pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson addresses these questions by offering a new model of our emotions in his latest book, coauthored with former Newsweek science editor Sharon Begley, The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel and Live—and How You Can Change Them (Hudson Street Press) (Book)


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How to Prevent Stress from Shrinking Your Brain

How to Prevent Stress from Shrinking Your Brain | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Have you ever felt so stressed out and overwhelmed that you can’t think straight? We now know that prolonged stress or trauma is associated with decreased volume in areas of the human brain responsible for regulating thoughts and feelings, enhancing self-control, and creating new memories. A new research study, published in today’s issue of Nature Medicine, is a first step in uncovering the genetic mechanism underlying these brain changes.


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Does Self-Awareness Require a Complex Brain? | Brainwaves, Scientific American Blog Network

Does Self-Awareness Require a Complex Brain? | Brainwaves, Scientific American Blog Network | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

"On the most fundamental level, electrical circuits and neurons are made of the same stuff—atoms and their constituent elementary particles—but whereas the human brain is conscious, manmade gadgets do not know they exist. Consciousness, most scientists argue, is not a universal property of all matter in the universe. Rather, consciousness is restricted to a subset of animals with relatively complex brains. The more scientists study animal behavior and brain anatomy, however, the more universal consciousness seems to be."


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Daily Protein Science: Are hugs the new drugs?

Daily Protein Science: Are hugs the new drugs? | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
Psychologist Barbara Fredrickson at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill cited her research into the effects of “love and kindness meditation,” or LKM, on the vagus nerve. The nerve, which extends from the brain stem to the heart, helps ...

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