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How Your Thoughts Catches Psychosocial Colds


“It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence.”  - ERIC HOFFER, THE PASSIONATE STATE OF MIND You Feeling Me? You may well be at a social gathering with only some friends and everyone appears to be having a good time. The chit-chat is casual and u…
How Your Thoughts Catches Psychosocial Colds

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Brain Decision Making and The Great Truth Rub Off


“For certainly, at the level of social life, what is called the adjustment of man to his environment takes place through the medium of fictions.” —WALTER LIPPMAN, PUBLIC OPINION Assumption by Committee Simply the previous evening you headed off to see a motion picture that resists straightf…
Brain Decision Making and The Great Truth Rub Off

Tagged: CerebrumMagnetic resonance imagingMindProbability interpretationsPsychologySocial SciencesBrain Improvement

Brain Socializing with Monkeys Like Us


“Society is a masked ball, where everyone hides his real character, and reveals it by hiding.” —RALPH WALDO EMERSON, CONDUCT OF LIFE Monkey See, Monkey Drama Professor Laurie Santos is one of the leading primatologists in the country. As the director of the Yale University CapLab (aka, the Compar…
Brain Socializing with Monkeys Like Us

Tagged: Capuchin monkeyFunctional magnetic resonance imagingGrammatical personhappy brainImpression formationPersonality psychologyPsychologySocial networkSocial network serviceSocial SciencesSocial systemsSociologyBrain Improvement

Brain Want, Get, Regret, Repeat


“I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations—one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: Do it or do not do it—you will regret both.” —SØREN KIERKEGAARD, BALANCE BETWEEN ESTHETIC AND ETHICAL, VOL. 2: “EITHER/OR” Going Z Instead of Y…Oh Why? Madi…
Brain Want, Get, Regret, Repeat

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Brain Restraint - Writing Promises on an Etch-a-Sketch


“I can resist everything except temptation.” —OSCAR WILDE, LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN This Time I Really Promise Robert is a well-regarded pharmacologist who runs a clinic for diabetes patients in Orlando, Florida. Many patients of this clinic do not want to begin a regimen of insulin shots (due…
Brain Restraint - Writing Promises on an Etch-a-Sketch

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Brain Motivation - Revving Your Engine in Idle


“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.” —MARK TWAIN, FROM A LETTER TO AN UNIDENTIFIED PERSON Beating the System Like a Drum I’d like to introduce you to a most unlikely master of industry. We begin by observing Mike in high school. He is, to use the…
Brain Motivation - Revving Your Engine in Idle

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Brain Immersion and the Great Escape from Loneliness


“Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.” —AESOP, AESOP’S FABLES, “THE DOG AND THE SHADOW” When the Web Was Young Idistinctly remember the day I first saw the graphical World Wide Web (WWW). It’s one of those “where were you when” moments that usually append a hi…
Brain Immersion and the Great Escape from Loneliness

Tagged: Aesop's FablesBehaviorBrain stimulation rewarddopamineHuman behaviorhuman brainPsychologyReward systemTalesBrain Improvement

Your Happy Brain and The Magnetism of Autopilot


“All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost.” —J. R. R. TOLKIEN, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING Time Traveling Homeward You are driving home one night after work, later than typical, with a lot on your mind lingering from a busy day. Most of your thirty-minute drive is on th…
Your Happy Brain and The Magnetism of Autopilot

Tagged: Bertrand RussellCerebrumhuman brainMind-wanderingprefrontal cortexBrain Improvement

Why a Happy Brain Discounts the Future


“I never think of the future—it comes soon enough.” —UNKNOWN Your supervisor calls you one morning and tells you that she is heading up a new initiative. She describes in fine detail what this initiative entails, why the company is allocating a budget for it, and each of the expected outcomes. Ev…
Why a Happy Brain Discounts the Future

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Brain Seductive Patterns


“There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snowstorm.” —RALPH WALDO EMERSON, CONDUCT OF LIFE Who’s Telling Me What? Let’s try a little thought experiment. First, imagine that you are walking through an airport. As you stroll, you encounter a series of variables that occur r…
Brain Seductive Patterns

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