Automatic decoding of facial movements
March 20, 2014
08:40 How many choices are these?
Oh, but it doesn’t matter. It’s all just soda. That’s just one choice.
Anne Swanson used to fear phone interactions due to Intrusive Thought Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She would fear she had said something atrocious, even though she hadn’t. However, through exposure response therapy, Anne has learned to manage her anxiety and embrace leaving voicemail messages.
Logging In to the Brain’s Social Network
October 18, 2013
self-control seems like something that is there to help us move our own agenda forward, but a lot of times self-control is really serving to move the group’s agenda forward and serve the group.
So it’s a much more social factor than I think we usually consider.
Calling Dunbar’s Numbers
Pádraig MacCarron, Kimmo Kaski, Robin Dunbar
4 Aug 2016
The social brain hypothesis predicts that humans have an average of about 150 relationships at any given time.
Within this 150, there are layers of friends of an ego, where the number of friends in a layer increases as the emotional closeness decreases.
Individuals do not give equal weight to each relationship and evidence from the social brain hypothesis suggests that ego networks are structured into a sequence of layers with the size of each layer increasing as emotional closeness decreases (Dunbar 1998, Hill and Dunbar 2003).
The mean number of friends in each has been found to be around 5, 15, 50 and 150 in the cumulative layers (i.e. on average 10 people in the second layer to make a total of 15) (Zhou et al. 2005, Hamilton et al. 2007).
Nature Outlook, March 2016