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Social : Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect / Matthew D. Lieberman.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Berklee College of Music.

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Stan Getz Library HM1033.L54 S6 2013 37684001098126 Library Stacks Copy hold / Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780307889102
  • ISBN: 0307889106
  • Physical Description: x, 374 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First Paperback Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, [2013]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-365) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Who are we? -- The brain's passion -- Broken hearts and broken legs -- Fairness tastes like chocolate -- Mental magic tricks -- Mirror mirror -- Peaks and valleys -- Trojan horse selves -- Panoptic self-control -- Living with a social brain -- The business of social brains -- Educating the social brain -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.:
"In Social, renowned psychologist Matthew Lieberman explores groundbreaking research in social neuroscience revealing that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental, more basic, than our need for food or shelter. Because of this, our brain uses its spare time to learn about the social world - other people and our relation to them. It is believed that we must commit 10,000 hours to master a skill. According to Lieberman, each of us has spent 10,000 hours learning to make sense of people and groups by the time we are ten. Social argues that our need to reach out to and connect with others is a primary driver behind our behavior. We believe that pain and pleasure alone guide our actions. Yet, new research using fMRI - including a great deal of original research conducted by Lieberman and his UCLA lab -- shows that our brains react to social pain and pleasure in much the same way as they do to physical pain and pleasure. Fortunately, the brain has evolved sophisticated mechanisms for securing our place in the social world. We have a unique ability to read other people's minds, to figure out their hopes, fears, and motivations, allowing us to effectively coordinate our lives with one another. And our most private sense of who we are is intimately linked to the important people and groups in our lives. This wiring often leads us to restrain our selfish impulses for the greater good. These mechanisms lead to behavior that might seem irrational, but is really just the result of our deep social wiring and necessary for our success as a species. Based on the latest cutting edge research, the findings in Social have important real-world implications. Our schools and businesses, for example, attempt to minimalize social distractions. But this is exactly the wrong thing to do to encourage engagement and learning, and literally shuts down the social brain, leaving powerful neuro-cognitive resources untapped. The insights revealed in this pioneering book suggest ways to improve learning in schools, make the workplace more productive, and improve our overall well-being"-- viewed on October 9, 2014.
Subject: Social psychology.
Cognitive neuroscience.
Social networks.
Social interaction.

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