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 ++

Study Identifies Social Connection as the Strongest Protective Factor for Depression

Active social connection is the strongest protective factor for depression, a new study reports. Additionally, reducing sedentary activities such as watching TV or taking a nap can also help lower depression risk. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have identified … Continue reading

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Researchers Discover a Specific Brain Circuit Damaged by Social Isolation During Childhood

Findings suggest medial prefrontal cortex neurons required for sociability are profoundly affected by social isolation at a young age. Social isolation experienced during childhood has an impact on adult brain function and behavior. Following two weeks of social isolation immediately … Continue reading

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Evolution of genetic networks for human creativity

The genetic basis for the emergence of creativity in modern humans remains a mystery despite sequencing the genomes of himpanzees and Neanderthals, our closest hominid relatives. Data-driven methods allowed us to uncover networks of genes distinguishing the three major systems … Continue reading

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The future of work after COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted labor markets globally during 2020. The short-term consequences were sudden and often severe: Millions of people were furloughed or lost jobs, and others rapidly adjusted to working from home as offices closed. Many other workers were … Continue reading

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When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?

This article updates our perspectives on when the coronavirus pandemic will end to reflect the latest information on vaccine rollout, variants of concern, and disease progression. In the United Kingdom and the United States, we see progress toward a transition … Continue reading

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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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