social cognition

When it comes to entertainment, people enjoy seeing bad guys get their punishment more than seeing them be forgiven, a new study from Ohio State University indicates. But even though they don’t enjoy the forgiveness stories as much, people do find these narratives more meaningful and thought-provoking than ones in which the bad guys receive… Read more

Rats are able to use other rats as danger antennas by attending to the emotions of the rats around them, researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience report[1]. With this finding, new targets for treatment of empathy disorders in humans, such as psychopathy and fronto-temporal dementia, could someday be possible. Rats are experts at avoiding… Read more

The brain activity patterns found in your friends’ brains when they consider your personality traits may be remarkably similar to what is found in your’s when you think of yourself, a new study suggests[1]. Those same friends will have a different brain activity pattern when they think of someone else in your group — and… Read more

“Honey, what are you thinking about?” asks my spouse as we sit at the kitchen table with our morning cups of coffee. “Oh nothing,” I reply. Our brains are fairly energy-intensive devices, consuming around 20 percent of the body’s energy, while making up only 2 percent of its mass. It has been known since the… Read more

Growing up in an impoverished urban neighborhood more than doubles your chances over the average person of developing a psychosis-spectrum disorder by middle adulthood, a new study indicates. Researchers, who followed nearly 4,000 families for more than three decades, say the results suggest that intervention through social policies and investment in neighborhood improvements, as well… Read more