Neurobiology vs. Disasters
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Neurobiology vs. Disasters
Our brains can't handle future risk, so we walk right into horror after horror.
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Neuroscience vs philosophy: Taking aim at free will : Nature News

Neuroscience vs philosophy: Taking aim at free will : Nature News | Neurobiology vs. Disasters | Scoop.it

As humans, we like to think that our decisions are under our conscious control — that we have free will. Philosophers have debated that concept for centuries, and now Haynes and other experimental neuroscientists are raising a new challenge. They argue that consciousness of a decision may be a mere biochemical afterthought, with no influence whatsoever on a person's actions. According to this logic, they say, free will is an illusion. "We feel we choose, but we don't," says Patrick Haggard, a neuroscientist at University College London.

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Central role of the brain in stress and adaptation: Links to socioeconomic status, health, and disease

Our minds keep us from objectively thinking about future risk because when we feel vulnerable we experience a physiological response that is bad for us in the long run.
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Nicholas D Kristof: When Our Brains Short-Circuit - NYTimes.com

Nicholas D Kristof: When Our Brains Short-Circuit - NYTimes.com | Neurobiology vs. Disasters | Scoop.it
Kristof provides a good summary of the ways that our minds warp our awareness of risk: We’re brilliantly programmed to act on the risks that confronted us in the Pleistocene Age but less adept with 21st-century challenges.
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Managing with the Brain in Mind

Managing with the Brain in Mind | Neurobiology vs. Disasters | Scoop.it
Neuroscience research is revealing the social nature of the high-performance workplace. (Not related to disaster response, but refers to the influence of the limbic system on attitudes and decisions)
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Brain's Design Emerges As a Key to Emotions - New York Times

The power of emotions to override even the most rational decisions may be explained by a new discovery about the brain, researchers say.
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Violent Images Cloud Vision, Study Finds | LiveScience

Violent Images Cloud Vision, Study Finds | LiveScience | Neurobiology vs. Disasters | Scoop.it
People don't see straight after looking at emotional images. (Many disaster educators use disturbing images with the mistaken belief that they will receive a rational response by engaging the fear center of our brain.)
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