The “promposal,” as I’m sure many people are already aware, is one of those opportunities. … It also involves this very elaborate forethought about how you’re going to ask them. This is all this performance of romance. … Instead of “What do girls want? What do boys want?” it’s more like, “What are they being told to want?”… Read More >> 0 comments
Audio & transcript: How can you go about finding ‘who you really are’ if the whole idea of the one true self is a big fabrication? … Finding one’s true place in the world is a massive trope, not just in film and theatre, but also in literature, education and motivational seminars – any place… Read More >> 0 comments
Numerous studies have shown that listening to music leads to changes in activity in core brain networks known to underpin our experience of emotion. These networks include the deep brain areas such as the amygdala, cerebellum, and cingulate gyrus. But they also consist of cortical areas on the surface of the brain including the auditory cortex, posterior temporal cortex,… Read More >> 0 comments
“This is some of the first research on reminding kids about their multi-faceted selves,” said lead author Sarah Gaither, an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke. “Such reminders boost their problem-solving skills and how flexibly they see their social worlds—all from a simple mindset switch.”
The singular “they” is inclusive and flexible, and it breaks the stifling prison of gender expectations. Let’s all use it. … “Part of introducing the concept of gender-neutral pronouns to people is to get them to ask, ‘Why does this part of society need to be gendered in the first place?’” said Jay Wu, director… Read More >> 0 comments
The attempt to fix the tomboy by marrying her off invites disturbing associations with real-life medical practices that “correct” high levels of hormones associated with masculine characteristics. Though less physically invasive, the creative industries have their own ways of imposing corrective measures. Alcott, who never married, was well aware of the narrative constraints she and Jo faced.
The brain makes no distinction between a broken bone and an aching heart. That’s why social exclusion needs a health warning. … Rejection, it tells us, actually hurts.
Video: Human survival instinct to be kind & the effect of social class on generosity…. In this short video, the psychologist Dacher Keltner at the University of California, Berkeley puts kindness in evolutionary context, connecting his own recent neural-imaging work on compassion with Darwin’s view that sympathy is a cornerstone of human flourishing.
This scene was transformative on a personal level, Burnside says afterward. “As the camera started rolling, all I could think about is my uncle and the other men in my life who policed my behavior and the way I moved and way I spoke and expressed myself, citing it as not being for boys, or… Read More >> 0 comments
Alternatively, a raft of sociological and anthropological explanations focus on community, asserting that dancing is one of the first means by which the earliest humans solidified strong social bonds irrespective of blood lines. In these accounts, dancing is eventually replaced by more rational and effective means of social bonding that the dancing itself makes possible, such… Read More >> 0 comments
The finding suggests that oxytocin’s social bonding effects are targeted at whomever a person perceives as part of their in-group, the researchers reported in January 2011 in the journal PNAS. … “My view of what oxytocin is doing in the brain is making social information more salient,” Young said. “It connects brain areas involved in… Read More >> 0 comments
The answers to these questions remain unknown, but it is now scientifically proven that most of us carry a mother’s voice in the neural patterns of our brain: bedtime stories, dinnertime conversation and the chatter we heard before birth identify us, uniquely, as surely as the fingerprint, enabling emotional development and social communication in childhood… Read More >> 0 comments
Video. Every culture dances. Moving our bodies to music is ubiquitous throughout human history and across the globe. So why is this ostensibly frivolous act so fundamental to being human? The answer, it seems, is in our need for social cohesion – that vital glue that keeps societies from breaking apart despite interpersonal differences.
About half of schools around the country have dress codes policies. A dress code identifies what clothes cannot be worn to school. A school uniform policy defines what clothes must be worn to school. Dress codes limit clothing options while school uniforms define clothing options. I believe school uniforms may be part of a broad array of programs and approaches that a school may adopt… Read More >> 0 comments
Women are aware of how easily men are drawn to physically attractive potential partners, so it follows that they are the ones who can have their reputations savaged through gossip as a way of making them seem less desirable as girlfriends, preventing them from establishing a network of friends and allies, and keeping them socially powerless.
But most of us remember high school with an emotional mixture of longing, regret, joy and embarrassment. … It all requires forging alliances and demonstrating loyalty to others. The result is a splintering of the social world into competing cliques that grind each other up in the gears of the social hierarchy.
The notion that fashion is based on imitation – a way for individuals to feel that they belong to something ‘bigger’ than themselves, for example a social class or a nation – was first articulated by the Anglo-Dutch philosopher Bernard de Mandeville in his Fable of the Bees (1714).
They marched down the corridor with over-developed muscles, projecting authority and machismo, hollering to their friends and acquaintances, displaying a front of the ‘hard man’ as they headed to their classrooms. However, when they entered, their demeanours changed dramatically. Their swagger would disappear as they took their seats, and looked at me with apprehension, uncertain… Read More >> 0 comments
We know from everyday experience that a person is partly forged in the crucible of community. Relationships inform self-understanding. Who I am depends on many ‘others’: my family, my friends, my culture, my work colleagues.
Despite costs to individual liberty, we comply with whims of groups. … Other evidence shows that the more people are required to invest in a group, the more connected to that group they feel, and the more likely they are to behave altruistically towards fellow members.