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The Interpersonal Neurobiology Behind Making Habits Stick. Most of us walk around in this world in a trance with the delusional belief that we are only autonomous beings that are completely acting with free will.

The Interpersonal Neurobiology Behind Making Habits Stick

However, many scientists agree that we are interdependent with our environments and our brains are constantly making snap judgments based on internal and external cues. You have recall this quote by Albert Einstein: “A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. Compassion Is Weaved Throughout Our Nervous System, Researchers Have Found. Since the earliest days of philosophy, a question has been pondered and debated, with many of our greatest minds weighing in.

Compassion Is Weaved Throughout Our Nervous System, Researchers Have Found

What is humanity’s essential nature? Are we intrinsically selfish or by-and-large altruistic? In ancient China, humans were thought to be born pure, and it was the world that corrupted them. We see a similar philosophy taking shape during the Enlightenment among such philosophers as Locke and Rousseau. Learning Sciences of Change. A General Theory of Love A General Theory of Love draws on the latest scientific research to demonstrate that our nervous systems are not self-contained: from earliest childhood, our brains actually link with those of the people close to us, in a silent rhythm that alters the very structure of our brains, establishes life-long emotional patterns, and makes us, in large part, who we are.

Learning Sciences of Change

Explaining how relationships function, how parents shape their child’s developing self, how psychotherapy really works, and how our society dangerously flouts essential emotional laws, this is a work of rare passion and eloquence that will forever change the way you think about human intimacy. Drawing comparisons to the most eloquent science writing of our day, three eminent psychiatrists tackle the difficult task of reconciling what artists and thinkers have known for thousands of years about the human heart with what has only recently been learned about the primitive functions of the human brain. Dr. Allan Schore - Modern Attachment Theory. Whatever you think, you don’t necessarily know your own mind. Do you think racial stereotypes are false?

Whatever you think, you don’t necessarily know your own mind

Are you sure? I’m not asking if you’re sure whether or not the stereotypes are false, but if you’re sure whether or not you think that they are. That might seem like a strange question. We all know what we think, don’t we? Most philosophers of mind would agree, holding that we have privileged access to our own thoughts, which is largely immune from error. Evidence for this comes from experimental work in social psychology.

Get Aeon straight to your inbox. Anthropology of the Brain: Consciousness, Culture, and Free Will. In this unique exploration of the mysteries of the human brain, Roger Bartra shows that consciousness is a phenomenon that occurs not only in the mind, but also in an external network, a symbolic system.

Anthropology of the Brain: Consciousness, Culture, and Free Will

He argues that the symbolic systems created by humans in art, language, in cooking or in dress, are the key to understanding human consciousness. Placing culture at the centre of his analysis, Bartra brings together findings from anthropology and cognitive science and offers an original vision of the continuity between the brain and its symbolic environment. The book is essential reading for neurologists, cognitive scientists and anthropologists alike.

HeartMath Considered Incoherent. [Note: all opinions expressed here are my own.

HeartMath Considered Incoherent

Nothing to be taken as medical advice.] This is not a skeptic blog and I find much skeptic-blogging distasteful. But as the saying sort of goes: “You may not be interested in pseudoscience, but pseudoscience is interested in you.” This group called the Institute of HeartMath has been remarkably persistent at making their way into my hospital. The Science of Stress and How Our Emotions Affect Our Susceptibility to Burnout and Disease. By Maria Popova How your memories impact your immune system, why moving is one of the most stressful life-events, and what your parents have to do with your predisposition to PTSD.

The Science of Stress and How Our Emotions Affect Our Susceptibility to Burnout and Disease

Why boarding schools produce bad leaders. In Britain, the link between private boarding education and leadership is gold-plated.

Why boarding schools produce bad leaders

If their parents can afford it, children are sent away from home to walk a well-trodden path that leads straight from boarding school through Oxbridge to high office in institutions such as the judiciary, the army, the City and, especially, government. Our prime minister was only seven when he was sent away to board at Heatherdown preparatory school in Berkshire. Like so many of the men who hold leadership roles in Britain, he learned to adapt his young character to survive both the loss of his family and the demands of boarding school culture. The psychological impact of these formative experiences on Cameron and other boys who grow up to occupy positions of great power and responsibility cannot be overstated.

Nevertheless, this golden path is as sure today as it was 100 years ago, when men from such backgrounds led us into a disastrous war; it is familiar, sometimes mocked, but taken for granted. La Révolution Altruiste / The Altruism Revolution - vidéo dailymotion.

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The weird science of love. Now playing Do our smells make us sexy?

The weird science of love

Popular science suggests yes — pheromones send chemical signals about sex and attraction from our armpits to potential mates. Rebecca Saxe: How we read each other's minds. Entanglement : Invisibilia. David Brooks: The social animal. Daniel Reisel at TED2013: Training the brains of psychopaths.

Photos: James Duncan Davidson Daniel Reisel is here to talk about our brains.

Daniel Reisel at TED2013: Training the brains of psychopaths

In particular, how we might change them–and how this kind of thinking might just change the tenor of society as a whole. He introduces us to Joe, who’s 32, and a murderer. Reisel met Joe in Wormwood Scrubs, a high-security prison that houses England’s most dangerous prisoners. On a grant from the UK Department of Health, Reisel visited the jail to study inmates’ brains and try to find out what lay at the root of their behavior.

Initial research showed that psychopaths like Joe indeed had a different physiological response to emotions such as distress or sadness. Why We Cry: The Science of Sobbing and Emotional Tearing. By Maria Popova Why it’s easier to prevent a crying spell than to stop one already underway. The human body is an extraordinary machine, and our behavior an incessant source of fascination. Why do we cry? The three types of tears - Alex Gendler. The lacrimal apparatus works to produce tears that are needed to wet the front of the eye and flush debris from the ocular surface.

Many animals yelp or cry out when they're in pain. But as far as scientists can tell, we humans seem to be the only species that shed tears for emotional reasons. Scientists who study evolution say crying probably conferred some benefit and did something to advance our species — because it's stayed with us. What God does to your brain. A Natural History of Love. Limbic Revision: How Love Rewires the Brain. No Science Without Fancy, No Art Without Facts: A Holistic Theory of Love and the Emotional Mind. The Science of Why We Kiss. Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Babies. Song of the New Earth - Official Trailer. What Happened When I Allowed Myself To Be Vulnerable In Public. When I was asked to present a TEDx Talk, my immediate reaction was pure terror. I had been inspired by many TEDx and TED Talks. I knew they were well organized and often distilled many important ideas into one overarching message.

I thought about how vulnerable I’d be up on that stage, trying to share my life lessons and my most heartfelt messages within a 15-minute time limit. 10 facts about infidelity, as divulged by Helen Fisher. While talking about her research on love at TED2006, Helen Fisher mentioned the issue of infidelity. Here, she dives into the topic of cheating in much more detail.

Photo: Robert Leslie. Synesthesia and the Poetry of Numbers: Autistic Savant Daniel Tammet on Literature, Math, and Empathy, by Way of Borges. By Maria Popova. Drawing Autism: A Visual Tour of the Autistic Mind from Kids and Celebrated Artists on the Spectrum. By Maria Popova.