Neuroscientists find links between patience, imagination in the brain

By using functional MRI (fMRI) to look inside the brain, neuroscientists Adrianna Jenkins, a UC Berkeley postdoctoral researcher, and Ming Hsu, an associate professor of marketing and neuroscience at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, found that imagination is a pathway toward patience. Imagining an outcome before acting upon an impulse may help increase patience without relying on increased willpower.

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Adam Alter on Digital Addiction. Is your iPhone Heroin?

In his video and article, Digital Addiction: How Half the World Got Hooked Online | Big Thinkpsychologist Adam Alter describes the elements of behavioral addiction and our access to digital media. Alter describes,

Adam Alter: Behavioral addiction is a lot like substance addiction in a lot of ways, but it’s much newer. So substance addiction obviously involves the ingestion of a substance, and in the short-term that feels good, and in the long-term it harms your well being in some respects. It can be physiological, it can be psychological, it can harm your social life, it can cause you to spend too much money, it can have a lot of negative effects on your life. Behavioral addiction is similar; the big difference though is that behavioral addiction does not involve the ingestion of a substance, and it’s much newer, it’s a much more recent phenomenon.

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Obedience: The Milgram experiment in Poland, psychologists show people still obey

The Milgram (1962) experiment tested people’s willingness to deliverer electric shocks to another person when encouraged by an experimenter. While no shocks were actually delivered in any of the experiments, the participants believed them to be real. Read more.

The title is direct, “Would you deliver an electric shock in 2015?” and the answer, according to the results of this replication study, is yes. Social psychologists from SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Poland replicated a modern version of the Milgram experiment and found results similar to studies conducted 50 years earlier.


There’s No Such Thing as Nothing…

if you wait long enough, you’re guaranteed by the laws of quantum mechanics to produce something.”

Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss explains how, over the last hundred or so years, trying to nail down the existence of nothingness has become surprisingly complicated. You know, the Biblical void? Um, no so much. Just because we can’t see anything doesn’t mean a space is really empty. It’s all about the maddeningly unstable rules — if we can even call them that — of quantum physics. Read more


When good people do bad things: Being in a group makes some people lose touch with their personal moral beliefs

Researchers find that being in a group makes some people lose touch with their personal moral beliefs. When people get together in groups, unusual things can happen — both good and bad. Groups create important social institutions that an individual could not achieve alone, but there can be a darker side to such alliances: Belonging to a group makes people more likely to harm others outside the group.Share: