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LA Times – Stress matters to brains white matter

February 18, 2014

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Stress can damage the brain. The hormones it releases can change the way nerves fire, and send circuits into a dangerous feedback loop, leaving us vulnerable to anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. But how stress accomplishes its sinister work on a cellular level has remained mysterious. Neuroscientists at a UC Berkeley lab have uncovered […]

The Life and Death of a New Years Resolution

January 8, 2014

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Crash Course in Body Language

December 18, 2013

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How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy : The New Yorker

December 12, 2013

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A 2010 study from Carnegie Mellon found that, when people engaged in direct interaction with others—that is, posting on walls, messaging, or “liking” something—their feelings of bonding and general social capital increased, while their sense of loneliness decreased. But when participants simply consumed a lot of content passively, Facebook had the opposite effect, lowering their feelings of […]

Balancing old and new skills – MIT News Office

December 10, 2013

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To learn new motor skills, the brain must be plastic: able to rapidly change the strengths of connections between neurons, forming new patterns that accomplish a particular task. However, if the brain were too plastic, previously learned skills would be lost too easily.A new computational model developed by MIT neuroscientists explains how the brain maintains […]

Finding Meaning at Work, Even When Your Job Is Dull – Morten Hansen and Dacher Keltner – Harvard Business Review

December 5, 2013

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Do you experience meaning at work — or just emptiness? In the United States people spend on average 35 – 40 hours working every week. That’s some 80,000 hours during a career — more time than you will spend with your kids probably. Beyond the paycheck, what does work give you? Few questions could be […]

Increasing Empathy | Psychology Today

November 28, 2013

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The world abounds with conflicts, from international clashes all the way down to domestic disputes. One valuable method for resolving disputes is empathy—getting a better emotional understanding of other people. A new technique for mapping emotional values has potential for increasing empathy by helping people to grasp their own values as well as those of […]