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The Real Reason You're Addicted to Your Phone

<i>Nir’s Note: This guest post by Avi Itzkovitch offers some clues as to why we can’t seem to put our cell phones down. Avi (@xgmedia) is an Independent</i> …

A Scientific Guide to Effectively Saying No

Learning how to say no is one of the most useful skills you can develop, especially when it comes to living a more productive and healthy life. …

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Body language, not facial expressions, broadcasts what's…

Body language, not facial expressions, broadcasts what's happening to us http://goo.gl/th63J [article] #neuroscience<p>Expressions numbered 1,4,6 show tennis player's face on losing a point; expressions numbered 2,3,5 show a player after winning a point). Tests show that those looking at facial expressions alone cannot determine what the true emotion is.<p>If you think that you can judge by examining someone's facial expressions if he has just hit the jackpot in the lottery or lost everything in the …

A Neurological Basis for the Lack of Empathy in Psychopaths

<b>A Neurological Basis for the Lack of Empathy in Psychopaths</b><p>Atypical activation and negative functional connectivity between the insula and ventromedial prefrontal cortex could explain why psychopaths seem to lack empathy.<p>The research is in <i>Frontiers in Human Neuroscience</i>. (full open access)<br>http://www.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00489/full<p>Image: This is response in the right amygdala across groups of low (L), medium (M) and high (H) psychopathy participants, when they adopted an …

Is the Human Brain Capable of Identifying a Fake Smile?

<b>Since Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, much has been said about what lies behind her smile. Now, Spanish researchers have discovered how far</b> …

Facial Recognition is More Accurate in Photos Showing Whole…

<b>Facial Recognition is More Accurate in Photos Showing Whole Person</b><p>Researchers find people use body cues to accurately identify people even when faces are obscured.<p>Subtle body cues allow people to identify others with surprising accuracy when faces are difficult to differentiate. This skill may help researchers improve person-recognition software and expand their understanding of how humans recognize each other.<p>The research is in <i>Psychological Science</i>. (full access paywall)<p>Image: Showing are …

Right Supramarginal Gyrus Plays Important Role in Empathy

<b>Right Supramarginal Gyrus Plays Important Role in Empathy</b><p>Egoism and narcissism appear to be on the rise in our society, while empathy is on the decline. And yet, the ability to put ourselves in other people’s shoes is extremely important for our coexistence.<p>A research team headed by Tania Singer from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences has discovered that our own feelings can distort our capacity for empathy. This emotionally driven egocentricity is recognised and …

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