Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Science of Thanksgiving

"The best kind of giving is thanksgiving." G.K. Chesterton

On this start of the Thanksgiving weekend, we wish you all a safe and peaceful holiday.

What does science have to say about thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving, gratitude, and forgiveness are complex processes involving multisensory areas, emotions, reflection, empathy, and categorical decision-making. Forgiveness is definitely an active process, mobilizing empathy, memory, and social rewards.

Oh, and if you didn't know...thanksgiving and forgiveness are good for you.

We'll be gone for Thanksgiving, but will see you back November 28th.

fMRI of Moral Sensitivity
Stanford Forgiveness Project
The Art and Science of Forgiveness
UC Davis Research Project on Gratitude and Thanksgiving
Forgiving and the Brain article

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