Pro-social behavior in rats is modulated by social experience

It seems that spending time with others does more than make you happy, it makes you more empathetic. In a research study done by Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal, et al., rats who were exposed to other rats were more likely to help that.There were two types of rats used, while type albino rats, and rats with … Continue reading Pro-social behavior in rats is modulated by social experience

Planning and the Comfort of Control

So, I'm a planner. I love making schedules, planning out the next year of studies, finances, etc. I love doing that. So much. In fact, I look forward to creating spreadsheets on Excel and planning ahead.And so I've been thinking: why is that? What's it about planning that I like so much? I think it gives me … Continue reading Planning and the Comfort of Control

Are we really only after squirts of dopamine

So what is it that we're all after? Happiness, I'm willing to bet that's what most, if not all, people will say. There may be other variants to the answer, maybe, say self-actualization, peace, love, etc. but in the end, they're all related to what? To happiness.So what is happiness? Neurochemically, isn't it squirts of … Continue reading Are we really only after squirts of dopamine

NonViolent Communication

Ever wonder just how much of our arguments stem not from the circumstances instigating a disagreement, but more from our communication styles?I do.I’ve been reading this book about how to communicate empathetically (Living Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg, if you’re interested), and he talks about how to empathetically receive and give communication about our wants … Continue reading NonViolent Communication