"But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round...as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely."--Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
May you and yours have a very merry Christmas!
Here's the look of altruism, moral sensitivity and compassion, and love. Emotional areas are very important for these sentiments, but also multisensory areas like the superior temporal sulcus that allow us to mirror, empathize, and feel with others.
We'll post just once next week, but back blogging Jan 2nd, 2007.
Research | Compassion & Empathy
It's good to be good
Altruism | The joy of giving | Economist.com
Altruism and the Brain
Maternal and Romantic Love and fMRI
Moral Sensitivity and the Brain
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