social cognition

Infants as young as five months can differentiate laughter between friends and laughs strangers share, a new study reports. The findings suggest that the ability to detect the nature of social relationships shows up early in human infancy, possibly the result of a detection system that uses vocal cues. “Infants’ sensitivity to different kinds of… Read more

A brain region that helps tell an animal when to attack an intruder and when to accept it into its home has been identified by researchers at Columbia University. The brain area, called CA2, is part of the hippocampus, a larger brain structure known to be critical for our memory of people, places, things and… Read more

In Japan, according to a recent survey by the Cabinet Office, 20% of elderly women and 25% of elderly men often feel lonely in everyday life because they have little social contact with other people. Indeed, 25% of the elderly have nobody who they can rely on when they have health problems, which has led… Read more

The symptoms of autism may result from sustained connections between regions of the brain, researchers at University of Utah Health report. “People with autism do not like unexpected stimuli, and it may be because brains are not as efficient at rapidly shifting between ideas or thoughts. We wondered if we could see how local circuits… Read more

Contemplate how a person’s life would be changed by starting to hear or see things others can’t. Now imagine it could offer something good. A research team from Hull University and associated NHS trusts in the UK suggest that, among the tumult, hallucinations can also offer opportunities for growth. Writing in the Journal of Psychology… Read more