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Neuroscience

Mental introspection increases as brain areas begin to act in sync

San Diego - Neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center can now show, using functional MRI images, why it is that behavior in children and young adolescents veers toward the egocentric rather than the introspective.

Social Psychology

Female Social Sensitivity and Effective Problem Solving

Cambridge, MA, USA. Researchers have documented the existence of collective intelligence among groups of people who cooperate well, showing that such intelligence extends beyond the cognitive abilities of the groups' individual members, while linking the tendency for effective cooperation to the number of women in a group.

Neuroscience

Anger Makes People Want Things More

Anger is an interesting emotion for psychologists. On the one hand, it's negative, but then it also has some of the features of positive emotions. For a new study published in Psychological Science, researchers find that associating an object with anger actually makes people want the object -- a kind of motivation that's normally associated with positive emotions.

Social Psychology

Intuition Only Works Between Two People

A new scientific research shows that two people can learn to cooperate intuitively – even without communication or a clear intention to coordinate, but larger groups need to communicate.

Economy

What Can Search Predict?

Observing what people do online at any moment can create a compelling snapshot of our collective consciousness, instantaneously reflecting the interests, concerns, and intentions of people around the world. We can even take this idea one step further: What people are searching for today can be predictive of what they will do in the near future

Problem solving

Collective Intelligence: Number of Women in Group Linked to Effectiveness in Solving Difficult Problems

(Oct. 2, 2010) — When it comes to intelligence, the whole can indeed be greater than the sum of its parts. A new study co-authored by MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and Union College researchers documents the existence of collective intelligence among groups of people who cooperate well, showing that such intelligence extends beyond the cognitive abilities of the groups' individual members, and that the tendency to cooperate effectively is linked to the number of women in a group.

Social Psychology

Why happy couples start to sound alike

People match each other’s language styles more during happy periods of their relationship than at other times, according to new research.

Social Psychology

People Are Cautious in Asking Help from Their Community, Online Gift Exchange Study Finds

People are cautious in exchanging favours and items with other people in their community. Researchers, who studied an online gift exchange service, say that many people buy services because it does not occur to them that someone in their community could help them or they are too shy to ask for a favour.

Neuroscience

For Neurons to Work as a Team, It Helps to Have a Beat

When it comes to conducting complex tasks, it turns out that the brain needs rhythm, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

Neuroscience

Brain region linked to introspective thinking

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A specific region of the brain appears to be bigger in people who are good at tuning into their own thoughts and reflecting upon their decisions.

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