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Is Stress Contagious?

Joe Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Joe Robinson

When the person next to you yawns, chances are you're going to break off a tonsil-rattling exhale, too. And when your stressed-out colleague is demanding a meeting right now, the alarmed face quickly incites yours to mimic it. Now you're stressed, too.

Mirror Neurons and Why We Love Cinema: A Conversation with Vittorio Gallese and Michele Guerra in Parma

Karin Badt | Posted 07.13.2013 | Science
Karin Badt

Vittorio Gallese's latest interdisciplinary connection: mirror neurons and cinema. Why is it that we become so immersed when watching a film? What goes on inside our brains to create this empathetic connection with the screen?

Clap Clap Boom Boom Slam

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.29.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

"Cups" is apparently akin to other rhythmic games -- "Miss Mary Mack" -- enduring products of an oral culture based on clapping and chanting. There is actually some intriguing psychological science that illuminates "Cups" and other rhythmic traditions.

Tokyo International Film Festival Opens With James Cameron and Closes With Clint Eastwood

Karin Badt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The 25th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival opened this past Saturday with the world premiere of Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, produced by James Cameron and directed by Andrew Adamson.

Faces, Voices and the Brain-Heart Brake: The Divine Science of Tibet

Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2012 | Religion
Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.

Breakthroughs in the neuroscience of empathy, emotions and our conscious control of the breath have radically changed our view of our nature, helping explain the stubborn power of spiritual imagery, prayers and ritual.

Why Magical Thinking Matters In Marriage

Dr. Fran Cohen Praver | Posted 06.09.2012 | Weddings
Dr. Fran Cohen Praver

What about the magic of love and marriage? How much is scientific, real, and how much is illusion, a supernatural belief in destiny?

Are We Putting the (Knowledge) Cart Before the (Emotional) Horse?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.30.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

In school reform, we dramatically overvalue the importance of academic learning, and assume that merely focusing on better curricula and clearer standards will carry the day. Yet the research suggests otherwise.

6 Problems That Can Lead To Infidelity (And What You Can Do To Solve Them)

Dr. Fran Cohen Praver | Posted 05.28.2012 | Weddings
Dr. Fran Cohen Praver

Hurtful interactions are repeated over and over and get lodged in the brain. Love-inducing chemicals are on hold and it seems like the end of love and passion. And the relationship is ripe for infidelity.

How To Get Your Needs Met In Marriage

Dr. Fran Cohen Praver | Posted 03.27.2012 | Weddings
Dr. Fran Cohen Praver

Marital partners need mutuality, reciprocity, and equality. We want it all and if we learn how to communicate our needs, we can have it all.

Why Strong Women Make Better Wives

Dr. Fran Cohen Praver | Posted 03.17.2012 | Weddings
Dr. Fran Cohen Praver

Many women in the 21st century still bifurcate their gender roles. They reserve their strengths for their work life and lose sight of them in their marital lives.

Why Equality Is Essential To Marital Bliss

Dr. Fran Cohen Praver | Posted 03.07.2012 | Weddings
Dr. Fran Cohen Praver

High in the skies of euphoric love, if any red flags pop up, you manage not to see them. Once you fall in love, parts of the brain go dormant -- the parts responsible for wariness, suspicion, discrimination.

Compassion And The Shadow

John Stanley | Posted 09.17.2011 | Religion
John Stanley

As climate chaos disasters unfold, we might witness a sustained rise in collective compassion, leading to genuine international cooperation and unity of the human species. But there's also our shadow.

Are Your Emotions Contagious?

David R. Hamilton, Ph.D. | Posted 07.19.2011 | Healthy Living
David R. Hamilton, Ph.D.

Ever noticed that you feel happy around happy people and sad around sad or depressed people? This is known as "emotional contagion" and is facilitated by an interconnected network of cells in the brain.

Why We Don't Need God to Be Good (and What Religious Folk Don't Want You to Know)

Mark Matousek | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

It is through mirror neurons -- not God -- that we redeem ourselves, achieve salvation, and are "reborn" in virtuous ways once co-opted by religions. Evolution knew what she was doing.

Neuroscience, Meet Conceptual Art

Carl Schoonover | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carl Schoonover

In making the case for the raw aesthetic appeal of neuroscience data, I focus on the powerful ideas that have given us this striking visual vocabulary.

I'll Have What She's Having: How Mirror Neurons and Music Increase Pleasure

Suzie Heumann | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Suzie Heumann

Do you have music playing when you make love? I hope you do so let's assume you do. Do you notice that you like to put on the same play list, over and over, at least some of the time? The one you remember having the best lovemaking to?

The #1 Mistake in Modern Communication

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ali Binazir

This article is going to be short. It will contain one main message. It's an important one. The message is this: No emotional communication via email, text or voicemail (AKA asynchronous media). Ever.

'Empathic Civilization': Amazing Empathic Babies

Alison Gopnik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Alison Gopnik

One of the best ways of understanding human nature is to study children. After all, if we want understand who we are, we should find out how we got to be that way.

'Empathic Civilization' in an Age of Trauma

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert D. Stolorow

If we can help one another bear the darkness rather than evade it, perhaps one day we will be able to see the light.

'Empathic Civilization': Our Brains Were Built For Feeling Each Other's Pain

Richard Restak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard Restak

In our culture we're taught to think of ourselves as independent and self-actualizing. In reality, our brain is uniquely constructed for experiencing other people's thoughts, emotions and actions as if they were our own.

Moving From Lack to Hope

Adele Israel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Adele Israel

Frances Moore Lappé is a humorous, energetic dynamo. She's a democracy advocate, as well as a world food and hunger expert. Her Grand Junction speech was titled, "Getting a Grip on Democracy."

'The Empathic Civilization': Rethinking Human Nature in the Biosphere Era

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeremy Rifkin

Our rush to universal empathic connectivity is running up against a rapidly accelerating entropic juggernaut in the form of climate change. Can we reach biosphere consciousness in time to avert planetary collapse?

How Your Neighbor Can Make You Fat (or Thin)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

What kind of connection can exist invisibly, without people talking to each other, watching how each other behaves, or even knowing about each other's existence?