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The Genius of Recognizing a Familiar Face

That flash of familiarity we feel when we see someone we know has long fascinated and stumped scientists, who have been unable to pinpoint what is happening in the brain. But for the first time, researchers are now reporting a new class of cells they say is responsible. The discovery goes against the prevailing understanding […]

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Social isolation and loneliness linked to increased risk of CVD in post-menopausal women

Social isolation and loneliness were each associated with a higher risk for cardiovascular disease in post-menopausal women, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology, Prevention, Lifestyle & Cardiometabolic Health Conference 2021. The meeting is virtual, May 20-21 and offers the latest science on population-based health and wellness and implications […]

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Training to wisely navigate social conflicts

Social conflicts, from policy debates to family disagreements, can easily devolve into angry words and personal attacks. Such heated confrontations, however, seldom resolve disagreements and can entrench opposing views. A better approach to resolving interpersonal disagreements is to embrace characteristics that psychological scientists associate with wisdom, like intellectual humility, diverse viewpoints, and open-mindedness. But applying […]

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Scientists identify individual neurons responsible for complex social reasoning in humans

For the first time, scientists have identified the individual neurons critical to human social reasoning, a cognitive process that requires us to acknowledge and predict others’ hidden beliefs and thoughts. A team of neuroscientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had a rare look at how individual neurons represent the […]

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Exploring how activity in the hippocampal CA2 region encodes social interactions

People with neuropsychiatric disorders sometimes exhibit anomalous social behaviors, such as antisocial tendencies or dramatic behavioral changes. These changes could be the manifestation of deficits in social memory, the ability to encode and retain information related to social interactions. Past neuroscientific studies suggest that the hippocampus region in the brain is responsible for the formation […]

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Women and suicide: The dangers of social isolation

Men have long been recognized as being most at risk of suicide, but the Office for National Statistics recently reported the highest annual rate of female suicides in the UK since 2004. This increase in female self-inflicted deaths comes at the same time as concerns the pandemic may increase the number of people who attempt […]

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COIVD-19: A barometer for social justice in New York City

In an editorial for the American Journal of Public Health, faculty from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) led by Dean Ayman El-Mohandes highlight the long-standing public health-related inequities among people of color in the United States—which have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic—and call upon New York […]