Looking at Pain in the Mirror: pain mirror neurons found in rats.

How is it that we get overwhelmed when watching someone cry, or feel a coating of inspiration when we see a face filled with hope? And, are we the only animal to exert an empathic response to those emotional cues? A study published last week by Carrillo and colleagues uncovers the potential mechanism that allows … Continue reading Looking at Pain in the Mirror: pain mirror neurons found in rats.

Book review of “Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion” by Sam Harris

Sam Harris has attempted to demonstrate that one’s atheism does not preclude a journey into the spiritual. Harris, however, has not turned to God for enlightenment, instead, he looks to consciousness and our capacity for experience; he believes its high time that religion be relinquished from any claim of being spiritual. In his book, Waking … Continue reading Book review of “Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion” by Sam Harris

Democratic Dendrites

Each of our neurons compute inordinate amounts of information in compartmentalised sections, according to one of the first recordings of electrical activity in human brain cells. Our understanding of neurons (brain cells) is almost exclusively from investigation into our small mammalian friends - the rodent. A study Published in the journal Cell, however, has revealed … Continue reading Democratic Dendrites

How intelligent are we? Its for our cells to decide.

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Cattell, in the 1960’s, defined two sets of intelligence that were inextricably linked: that of fluid and crystallised intelligence. According to Cattell, one’s aptitude to solve for novel problems, apply cognitive tools to new situations and identify patterns, outlines their fluid intelligence. Crystallised intelligence, on the other hand, envelops one’s ability to take what they … Continue reading How intelligent are we? Its for our cells to decide.

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We are unconscious perceivers of emotion.

Often, when someone dashes a smile your way, you reciprocally dash one back, regardless of whether that person is categorised as a stranger or a friend to you – a social reflex you might say, or something of a contagion i.e. when one-person smiles, that communique is irrevocably passed on. You would have thought, as … Continue reading We are unconscious perceivers of emotion.