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Why We Judge Others

The Brain of a Spiteful Person

Michelle Roya Rad | Posted 05.21.2013 | TED Weekends
Michelle Roya Rad

What does not grow decays, and the brain is a part of this as well. Now the question is, which one do you choose: growth or decay and when?

The Big Parenting Mistake We All Make

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 07.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Suzanne Perryman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAdults are really good at understanding the thoughts of others. Children -- not so much. Rebecca Saxe tells us the part of the brain responsible for thinking about others' minds reaches maximum growth during adulthood.

The Complexity of Humans

Derek Flood | Posted 05.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Derek Flood

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgCan we help a person to actually change and become a healthy member of society, and if so how? Where rehabilitation is possible, this should be our goal, but understanding what is specifically wrong neurobiologically is key to successful rehabilitation.

Good Human Beings and the Right Temporoparietal Junction

Cindy Wigglesworth | Posted 07.18.2013 | TED Weekends
Cindy Wigglesworth

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhat sets a truly noble person apart? What makes a Gandhi, Dalai Lama, or Mother Teresa different? There is a decision made by these people to hold themselves to a higher standard. They make a decision to live up to noble values -- to live from their highest nature. In what part of the brain does this ability reside?

Autism, Empathy And The Sally-Anne Test

Hannah Brown | Posted 05.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Hannah Brown

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI asked if he had brushed his teeth, knowing he hadn't gone into the bathroom, and he grinned at me, saying, "Yeah!" In the parallel universe of autism parenthood, I jumped for joy and called his therapist to share the good news.

Equipped For Empathy?

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA | Posted 05.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgDo we all have the power of empathy? Are we hardwired to know what other people want? Is it easy to think about other people's thoughts?

The Neurology Of Disgust

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 07.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Phillip M. Miner

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGrowing up believing you are an abomination is strange. But, if you are gay and grew up in Kansas (or many other parts of the world) -- like I did -- it's not all that uncommon.

Brain To Brain: Turning Neuroscience Into Wisdom

Jonathan Appel, Ph.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Jonathan Appel, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThere is an order or organization in destructive human behavior which can be illuminated with research and clinical observation -- and can have many implications for intervention. Neuroscience is providing a major piece of the puzzle towards this understanding -- but only a piece.

WATCH: Learning To Read Someone Else's Mind

Rebecca Saxe | Posted 07.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Rebecca Saxe

2013-05-16-saxepullCooperating in large groups is a signature accomplishment of the human brain: among similar species, we are remarkably good at working together and negotiating our differences.