Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++

Loneliness alters your brain’s social network

Loneliness alters how the brain represents relationships, a new study reports. Social media sites aren’t the only things that keep track of your social network — your brain does, too. But loneliness alters how the brain represents relationships, according to … Continue reading

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How Does Your Brain Process Emotions? Answer Could Help Address Loneliness Epidemic

Specific brain regions respond in opposing ways when exposed to emotional stimuli associated with loneliness and wisdom. Research over the last decade has shown that loneliness is an important determinant of health. It is associated with considerable physical and mental … Continue reading

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Midlife Loneliness Is a Risk Factor for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Those who report feeling consistently lonely and socially isolated between the ages of 45 and 64 have an increased risk of developing dementia later in life. However, the risk can be reversed if people embark on activities to expand their … Continue reading

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Generosity and selfishness: A neural dance

Unique signatures of neural synchrony reflect whether pro-social or anti-social decisions are made. Brain regions, including the cingulate gyrus, amygdala, and medial prefrontal cortex, are highly synchronized when pro-social behavior is exhibited but decreases in the presence of anti-social behavior. … Continue reading

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Mindfulness Can Make You Selfish

Often touted as helping to improve personal mental states, a new study reveals mindfulness can actually make people more selfish. Those who consider themselves to be more independent-minded, rather than having a pluralistic mindset, demonstrate a decrease in prosocial behavior … Continue reading

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Origins of modern human ancestry

New finds in the palaeoanthropological and genomic records have changed our view of the origins of modern human ancestry. Here we review our current understanding of how the ancestry of modern humans around the globe can be traced into the … Continue reading

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Father’s Early-Life Exposure to Stress Associated With Child’s Brain Development

Stress experienced by fathers during early life was associated with more rapid development of white matter tracts in his child’s brain. The FinnBrain research of the University of Turku has demonstrated for the first time that the stress the father … Continue reading

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Traumatic Stress in Childhood Can Lead to Brain Changes in Adulthood

Experiencing trauma or extreme stress during childhood can lead to structural changes in the hippocampus and amygdala that can be seen decades later.urce: University of Alberta A new study from University of Alberta researchers has shown that traumatic or stressful … Continue reading

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Building a strong immune system that could defeat COVID-19

You may not know it, but you have an army of microbes living inside of you that are essential for fighting off threats, including the virus that causes COVID-19. In the past two decades scientists have learned our bodies are … Continue reading

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On Having No Head: Cognition throughout Biological Systems

The central nervous system (CNS) underlies memory, perception, decision-making, and behavior in numerous organisms. However, neural networks have no monopoly on the signaling functions that implement these remarkable algorithms. It is often forgotten that neurons optimized cellular signaling modes that … Continue reading

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