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People who deeply grasp pain or happiness of others, process music differently in brain

“The researchers found that compared to low empathy people, those with higher empathy process familiar music with greater involvement of the reward system of the brain, as well as in areas responsible for processing social information. […]   Highly empathic … Continue reading

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Hungry for Love: The Influence of Self-Regulation on Infidelity

“The current research examines the effect of self-regulation on the likelihood of committing infidelity. Thirty-two college students in exclusive romantic relationships interacted through a private chat room with an opposite-sex confederate. Prior to this interaction, a food-restriction task depleted half the … Continue reading

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“Knowledgeable individuals protect the wisdom of crowds” (Ed Young)

“Andrew King from the Royal Veterinary College found that it falls apart, but only in certain circumstances. At his university open day, he asked 82 people to guess the number of sweets in a jar. If they made their guesses … Continue reading

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Ritualized Interaction for the Advancement of Children’s National Identification in Hong Kong (Study)

“Both ongoing practice and the theory of interaction ritual chains imply the significance of the contribution that ritual makes to group solidarity, such as national identification. This contribution is in need of empirical examination as in this study, which surveyed … Continue reading

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Searching the brain for social networks (Study, physorg)

“Thornton has hypothesized that a system that he calls social working memory is distinct from but complementary to working memory, which is what people use to hold nonsocial information in mind, such as when alphabetizing a group of words. What … Continue reading

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“Why you can’t have more than 147.8 friends” (Study, in TWSJ)

“Many years ago Mr. Dunbar famously noticed that there is a tight correlation between the size of a primate’s brain and the size of the social group its species generally forms. On this basis human beings should live in groups … Continue reading

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Prosociality personality: Genetic factors women 50%, men 20% (Study, in TheIndependent)

“Women have a stronger genetic predisposition to help other people compared with men, according to a study that has found a significant link between genes and the tendency to be “nice”. The research, based on an analysis of nearly 1,000 … Continue reading

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