“Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human…” ― Aristotle, Politics It is not news that Aristotle saw sociality as a defining point of human nature. Interestingly, his idea is backed by modern evolutionary neuroscientists who claim that exactly complex social behavior is the precursor of the primate brain enlargement … Continue reading Sociality – is it really that important?
As you’re reading this, your heart is beating somewhere between 60 and 100 times per minute, it’s generating electrical signals in the heart to maintain that pace, and your blood is being pushed against your artery walls with each beat. The autonomic nervous system, which regulates not just the heart but also other internal organ functions like digestion, respiration, and sexual arousal, is extremely active. … Continue reading Think with your head, AND with your heart
”. . . in the night time, when she was composing her self […] to sleep, sometimes she believed the devil lay upon her and held her down, sometimes that she was choaked […] by a great dog or thief lying upon her breast, so that she could hardly speak or breath, and when she endeavoured to throw off the burthen, she was not able … Continue reading Sleep Paralysis – Awake in a Nightmare
A symphonic masterpiece of feelings, behaviors and experiences, as well as a warehouse of memory and awareness, it’s no surprise the brain is still a mystery to itself. So, what do we truly know about the brain? Better yet, what are we buying into that isn’t actually backed by fact? Let’s see what science says about the brain and throw out myths that hold us back from truly knowing ourselves. Continue reading Are You being Hoodwinked by Neuromyth?
People everywhere, including you, are watching each other all the time, in many different situations. What matters most is how you feel about it… Continue reading Every Step You Take, I’ll Be Watching You
The magic drug, meditation, has drawn significant attention of western scientists, who are considering the huge impact on the wellbeing observed in its practitioners. However, without the wholistic understanding of eastern philosophy, can reductionistic western science really understand meditation? Continue reading The Magic Drug: Meditation
Imitation is a cognitive skill that human beings seem to master at remarkable ease. It is an important mechanism in social learning. Even newborn babies imitate. But do they really? Continue reading Imitation in Infants: Innate or Learned?
People are disgusted by a myriad of objects and situations ranging from rotten tomatos, the concept of incest, or even by observing a malicious betrayal. How did disgust evolve from being a mere guardian of the mouth to a more general guardian of the social community? Continue reading Yuck! How did we get from oral to moral disgust?
Social Hierarchy. What is it good for? Continue reading An average essay on Social Hierarchy
This idea – debunked in its early form decades ago – has recently been brought back again with some interesting new approaches. Continue reading Can you learn in your sleep?