Monday, November 20, 2006

Thanksgiving and Charity


"We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt..." - Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Best wishes to all for a wonderful Thanksgiving week. We'll be back blogging Nov 27th.

Thanksgiving and charity often go hand-in-hand at this time of year. From last year's Thanksgiving post, you might remember that being thankful mobilizes multisensory areas, reflection, feelings, and empathy.

This year, we can add a recent study that found some of the same areas activated with charitable giving - like the superior temporal sulcus (important for empathy and intention), but also the posterior cingulate, an area rich for personal or autobiographical memory, familiar faces and stories, and contextual information. Neat, huh? Kind of like the home fires of the brain.

Have a safe and very happy Thanksgiving!

Charity and Altruism in the Brain
Eide Neurolearning Blog: The Science of Thanksgiving
Eide Neurolearning Blog: Deep Thinking Brains and Fluid Thinking Seniors
Remembering Familiar People, Posterior Cingulate, and fMRI pdf
Donate - the Salvation Army

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