Perception of social interactions unfolds through pupil dilation. The findings shed light on the visual system’s role in sensitivity to social interactions.
People are less likely to harshly judge a friend or family member who acts unethically than they would a stranger. However, the leniency comes at a cost to the judger’s sense of self-worth.
People will empathize with others when they recognize them as opportunities to show empathy, but often notice the feelings with others without flagging them as an opportunity to empathize.
Researchers say older adults who feel lonely are twice as likely to use opioids to control pain, and 2.5 times more likely to be prescribed anti-anxiety medications and sedatives than those who have a more socially active lifestyle.
Alterations in long-term social behavior and gene expression were observed in the offspring of mice exposed to pain-killing opioids during pregnancy.
Reducing sensitivity to physical pain resulted in a reduction of pain empathy toward others, a study found. The results suggest a possible neurobiological link between pain and empathy.
Researchers investigate mentalizing, or how we are able to understand what another person is thinking, and how this process differs from empathy.
A new study demonstrated dogs do not reciprocate food-giving, nor do they act more favorably toward a friendly human.
Mindful meditation causes those who consider themselves to be more “independent-minded” or egocentric to become less generous and more selfish, researchers report.
When a rat helps another within its social group, brain areas associated with reward and motivation become more active. This does not occur when a rat is faced with the prospect of helping another rat outside its social group. Researchers say the findi…
Over 50% of people surveyed reporting they feel uneasy about returning to in-person interactions, regardless of vaccination status, following covid lockdowns. Researchers share their thoughts on how social isolation and resocialization could impact th…
Researchers identified the gut bacteria E. faecalis as a mediator of social behavior and corticosterone levels in mice.
Researchers explore why some people will ignore their personal beliefs and go along with the more extreme beliefs of a crowd. They report acting against personal beliefs and adopting a fused identity becomes an attractive solution, especially if the re…
A new study reveals what goes on in the brain when a person embarks on a musical collaboration project.
Patients with schizophrenia, but not those with social anhedonia, exhibited deficits in real-life social network size. Those with schizophrenia and those with social anhedonia had reversals functional connectivity to one another. People with schizophre…
Due to social restrictions following the COVID lockdowns, people may need to brush up on their social skills of concentrating on conversations. A new study reveals people can train themselves to do this on their own.
By the age of three, children are more likely to go along with what peers say in order to follow the crowd, rather than acting out of a desire to follow authority.
Researchers have developed a smart-watch app they call Smart Otter, that allows couples to communicate with one another based on sensed heart rate.
Young male orangutans seek out role models in immigrant adult males and female juveniles, while young female orangutans prefer their mothers or other local female adults as their role models.
APP, a protein commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease, plays a vital role in learning, memory, and social behavior in the developing brain, a new mouse study finds.