The Neuroscience of Friendship

The Neuroscience of Friendship

We all need friends. Deeper and more numerous friendships promote health, well-being, survival, and even financial success. By the same token, social exclusion and the loss of social partners result in feelings similar to physical pain. Impairments in the ability or...
The Teen Brain

The Teen Brain

Abigail Baird, PhD (Vassar) talks about how we learn to consolidate, generalize and then (at light speed) make use of our experiences to navigate our every day lives AND avoid/survive life threatening situations; and how all of this is solidified in the brain during...
Why Study Consciousness?

Why Study Consciousness?

Why are top scientists increasingly interested in researching human consciousness? Because the quest to solve the puzzle of human consciousness – the very essence of our being – is one of the great problems of modern science. For 2000 years, the questions...
Is All Anger Bad? Debunking the Myths Surrounding the Emotion

Is All Anger Bad? Debunking the Myths Surrounding the Emotion

By Deepan Guharajan, B.S. In the popular Pixar Movie “Inside Out”, the emotion, Joy, says “[Anger] cares very deeply about things being fair.” This becomes apparent when Riley—the protagonist in the film and whose emotions are heavily involved in her decisions—has a...

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