Category Archives: Neuroscience

We Are Not Alone: Perception and The Others

In this paper, I have outlined an original Metaphysics of Perception which takes into consideration some of the most common views about perception in the contemporary debate. Then I will look at the consequences of this metaphysics about our perception … Continue reading

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Social Cognitive Neuroscience of Empathy: Concepts, Circuits, and Genes

This article reviews concepts of, as well as neurocognitive and genetic studies on, empathy. Whereas cognitive empathy can be equated with the affective theory of mind, that is, with mentalizing the emotions of others, affective empathy is about sharing emotions … Continue reading

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Networks of Mind: Learning, Culture, Neuroscience

This groundbreaking book is unique in bringing together two perspectives on learning – sociocultural theory and neuroscience. Drawing on both perspectives, it foregrounds important developments in our understanding of what learning is, where and how learning occurs and what we can do to … Continue reading

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The Neuroscience of Empathy: progress, pitfalls and promise

The last decade has witnessed enormous growth in the neuroscience of empathy. Here, we survey research in this domain with an eye toward evaluating its strengths and weaknesses. First, we take stock of the notable progress made by early research in characterizing the neural … Continue reading

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The perils of a Life in Isolation

Humans are hardwired to interact with others, especially during times of stress. On the other hand, when we go through a trying ordeal alone, a lack of emotional support and comradeship can increase our anxiety and hinder our ability to … Continue reading

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Habits that Improve Cognitive Function

In order to give your brain a full workout, you need to engage both hemispheres of the cerebrum, and both hemispheres of the cerebellum. You can only do this by practicing, exploring, and learning new things in the three dimensions … Continue reading

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Leader Emergence through Interpersonal Neural Synchronization

Great leaders are often great communicators. However, little is known about the neural basis of leader–follower communication. Only recently have neuroscientists been able to examine interpersonal neural synchronization (INS) between leaders and followers during social interactions. Here, we show that … Continue reading

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Trees of the Brain, Roots of the Mind

The human brain is often described as the most complex object in the universe. Tens of billions of nerve cells-tiny tree-like structures — make up a massive network with enormous computational power. In this book, Giorgio Ascoli reveals another aspect … Continue reading

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How Curiosity drives Learning

People find it easier to learn about topics that interest them, but little is known about the mechanisms by which intrinsic motivational states affect learning. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate how curiosity (intrinsic motivation to learn) influences … Continue reading

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The Intercultural Mind: Connecting Culture, Cognition, and Global Living

In this pioneering book, Joseph Shaules explores exciting new research in cultural psychology and neuroscience and explains how the new science of the mind can help us understand how the unconscious mind processes cultural differences, and how our sense of … Continue reading

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