mirror neurons

A Quote by Daniel Goleman on neural wi-fi and mirror neurons

The work with mirror neurons is proceeding furiously around the world. Christian Keysers and Bruno Wicker have shown that one person's emotions activate another person's mirror neurons [2]. At the University of San Diego Dr. V.S. Ramachandran is studying the link between mirror neurons and autism. In short, our brains are constantly reacting to the environment and literally changing based on the people around us.

“Mirror neurons are a kind of 'neural wi-fi' that monitors what is happening in the other people. This system tracks their emotions, what movements they're making, what they intend and it activates, in our brains, precisely the same brain areas as are active in the other person,” Goleman explains. “This puts us on the same wavelength and it does it automatically, instantaneously and unconsciously.

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A Quote by Daniel Goleman on rap, meme, mirror neurons, and social intelligence

Rap lyrics, like any poem, essay, or news story, can be seen as delivery systems for “memes,” ideas that spread from mind to mind, much as emotions do.  The notion of a meme was modeled on that of a gene: an entity that replicates itself by getting passed on from person to person. 

Memes with particular power, like “democracy” or “cleanliness,” lead us to act in a specific way; they are ideas with impact.  Some memes naturally oppose others, and when they do, those memes are at war, a battle of ideas…

Memes may one day be understood as mirror neurons at work.  Their unconscious scripting steers much of what we do, particularly when we are on “automatic.”  But the subtle power of memes to make us act often eludes detection.

Consider their surprising power to prime social interactions.  In an experiment one group of volunteers heard a list of cue words that referred to impoliteness, such as “rude” and “obnoxious,” while another group heard cue words like “considerate” and “polite.”  They then were put in a situation where they had to deliver a message to someone who was talking with another person.  Two out of three of those primed for rudeness butted in to interrupt, while eight of ten primed for politeness waited the full ten minutes for the conversation to end before speaking up.  -pp. 45-46, Social Intelligence, Daniel Goleman

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