Emotion Gets Physical:

Misleadingly vague title for a very important finding. Preliminary observations of stroke patients with problems relating emotionally to others suggest that in order to feel empathy, people must be able to imitate the actions of others. In other words, to…

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Social Cognitive Neuroscience Goes Hollywood. Thanks to wood s lot for pointing to the American Psychological Association’s coverage of the recent first Social Cognitive Neuroscience conference in Hollywood; these are the people grappling with how minds and social environments are…

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“…(I)s there something about cinema that leads it to shy away from the spiritual? Some observers feel cinema is less than ideal for exploring religious or spiritual subjects.According to one argument, contemporary audiences expect so much spectacle, escapism, andstar power…

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Forget me not. Neuroscientists are pushing the envelope, even if the work remains reductionistic and inferential for now, of understanding the biological basis of social affiliation. Recall the posts below on mirror neurons in primates, and autistic subjects’ failure to…

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V.S. Ramachandran: “The discovery of mirror neurons in the frontal lobes of monkeys, and their potential relevance to human brain evolution — which I speculate on in this essay — is the single most important “unreported” (or at least, unpublicized)…

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