How the body and mind talk to one another to understand the world

  by Sarah Garfinkel Aeon Feb 15, 2019 Have you ever been startled by someone suddenly talking to you when you thought you were alone? Even when they apologise for surprising you, your heart goes on pounding in your chest. You are very aware of this sensation. But what kind of experience is it, and what can … Continue reading How the body and mind talk to one another to understand the world

Extending empathy is key to human survival

by Katie Collins Wired Society needs to undergo an empathic revolution if we are to survive as a species, says Anita Nowak of McGill University. There is a spectrum of empathy, says Nowak, with pity at one end, empathy at the other and compassion and sympathy somewhere in between. Pity, while being an emotional reaction to … Continue reading Extending empathy is key to human survival

The Size of the Amygdala In Our Brains Affects Our Political Opinions

Your Brain on Politics: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Liberals and Conservatives by Andrea Kuszewski Intersection Can neuroscience provide evidence for a liberal and conservative thinking style? It may seem like a stretch to say that one could predict whether you lean left or right by looking at a brain scan—no questions asked, no opinions voiced—purely … Continue reading The Size of the Amygdala In Our Brains Affects Our Political Opinions