Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect
According to psychologist Matthew Lieberman, our need to connect with other people is more fundamental, more basic, than our need for food or shelter. Utilizing social neuroscience research and fMRI, he argues that our need to reach out and connect with others is a primary driver behind our behavior, and shows that our brains react to social pain and pleasure similar to physical pain and pleasure.
He states that the brain has evolved sophisticated mechanisms for securing our place in the social world, allowing us to effectively coordinate our lives with one another.
The findings in this book show that a social environment, and its distractions, is beneficial to encouraging engagement and learning, and developing the social brain.
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Table of Contents/ List of Topics Covered:
Part One: Beginnings
- Who Are We?
- The Brain’s Passion
Part Two: Connection
- Broken Hearts and Broken Legs
- Fairness Tastes like Chocolate
Part Three: Mindreading
- Mental Magic Tricks
- Mirror, Mirror
- Peaks and Valleys
Part Four: Harmonizing
- Trojan Horse Selves
- Panoptic Self-Control
Part Five: Smarter, Happier, More Productive
- Living with a Social Brain
- The Business of Social Brains
- Educating the Social Brain
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