Wisdom Beat

Eclectic wisdom research

“What makes us happy?”

“What makes us happy?”: George Vaillant and the Harvard Study of Adult Development @ The Atlantic
““What makes us happy?” in the current issue of The Atlantic looks for lessons in happiness from the Harvard Study of Adult Development with its co-director George Vaillant. Books by Vaillant include Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development.”

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May 28, 2009 Posted by | Book Reviews, Videos and Podcasts | Leave a comment

“From Knowledgable to Knowledge-able: Learning in New Media Environments”

“From Knowledgable to Knowledge-able: Learning in New Media Environments” is an essay on Academic Commons about problems and advantages of learning in the presence of new media and the transformation of learning process.

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May 28, 2009 Posted by | Wisdom Blog posts | Leave a comment

“Decoding the brain’s response to vocal emotions” from NeuroPhilosophy

“Decoding the brain’s response to vocal emotions” is a blog post at NeuroPhilosophy that discusses the neuroimaging results and general patterns associated with various vocal emotions.

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May 28, 2009 Posted by | Wisdom Blog posts | Leave a comment

“Do Brains Make Minds?”

Do Brains Make Minds? is a half an hour long video made by University of Southern California.
“From genetics to cosmology to nanotechnology, science is on the brink of numerous and extraordinary mega-revolutions that will change the very nature of life. Closer to Truth brings together leading scientists, scholars and artists to debate many of today’s fundamental issues. Joining host Robert Kuhn is consciousness expert David Chalmers; philosopher of mind John Searle; anthropologist Marilyn Schlitz; theoretical physicist Fred Alan Wolf; and neuropsychologist Barry Beyerstein. The panelists discuss the connection between the gray matter called a brain, the thoughts we think, the mind-body connection, and whether there’s something more to the human mind than what resides in the brain. ”

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May 28, 2009 Posted by | Videos and Podcasts | Leave a comment

“How learning shapes successful decision making in the human brain”

“How learning shapes successful decision making in the human brain” from Science Codex is a short article about a study by Dr. Zoe Kourtzi in Neuron, that “demonstrates that the brain does not just learn the structure of the physical world but, through learning, encodes rules that regulate how we interpret future sensory information.”

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May 28, 2009 Posted by | Wisdom Articles | Leave a comment

“How the brain talks to itself – errors in emotional prediction”

Deric Bownds’ MindBlog entry discusses an essay by Gilbert and Wilson “Why the brain talks to itself: sources of error in emotional prediction” (provided in PDF). He specifically talks about “mental simulations of future events” – preveiws.

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May 20, 2009 Posted by | Wisdom Articles, Wisdom Blog posts | Leave a comment

The neuroeconomics of taking your pick

This is a post with excerpts from a summary of three papers in Journal of Neuroscience: by Martino et al. (open access), Sharot et al, and Croxson et al.

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May 20, 2009 Posted by | Wisdom Articles, Wisdom Blog posts | Leave a comment

“Genetics Linked to How Brain ‘Frames’ Choices”

This is a short article from HealthDay News about genetic component of “framing effect” (half full or half empty glass interpretation).

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May 20, 2009 Posted by | Wisdom Blog posts | Leave a comment

Triune Ethics: On Neurobiology and Multiple Moralities

This is an essay from Neuroanthropology.

“Editor’s Note: The following essay by Darcia Narvaez is based on her paper Triune Ethics: The Neurobiological Roots of Our Multiple Moral Personalities, which was part of the Notre Dame Symposium on Character and Moral Personality. You can obtain all the conference papers online, including Daniel Cervone, Ross Thompson, Dan McAdams, and others.

Darcia Narvaez is associate professor of psychology at Notre Dame and executive director of the Notre Dame Collaboration for Ethical Education.”

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May 20, 2009 Posted by | Wisdom Articles | Leave a comment

Videos of Wisdom Speakers

“The Wisdom Speakers: Insights and Inspiration for Wisdom Seekers”

“The Wisdom Speakers project captures messages from extraordinary “ordinary” people and spreads their wealth of knowledge in the form of short videos. In this collection you’ll find valuable information to inspire and to perhaps ignite the wisdom in you.”

Videos of John Franks, David Anderson, and Rina Upitis.

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May 19, 2009 Posted by | Videos and Podcasts, Wisdom websites | Leave a comment