I thought I had a dream, where I talked with a GLACIER crazy right? but I was told this. CRAVE YOUR OWN PATH GO SLOW CHANNEL YOUR STRENGTHS SMOOTH THE WAY FOR OTHERS KEEP MOVING FORWARD AVOID MELTDOWNS BE COOL.
we are all the same MW .
We are not to worry about a grain of sand in our friends eye, when we may have a two by four sticking out of our own
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Strange New Details in Case of Missing Brazilian Student
April 23, 2017
by Brett Tingley
A young Brazilian man named Bruno Borges made headlines last month when he mysteriously vanished from his room without a trace. While missing persons cases happen every day (particularly in Brazil), the strange clues left behind by Borges left police and family baffled. Shortly after Borges went missing, his parents discovered that his room was covered floor-to-ceiling in strange, cryptic writings concerned with the search for occult mysteries, references to aliens, and alchemical symbols.
Stranger still were the twelve numbered manuscripts Borges left behind. Each was written in an unknown cipher and featured a large red roman numeral on the cover. A few pages have been translated so far, but their contents largely remain unknown.
The Brain Can Distinguish between Real and Fake Laughter
Nongenuine chuckles cause a specific cortical region to “light up” more
By Diana Kwon | SA Mind May 2017 Issue
Most of us will laugh at a good joke, but we also laugh when we are not actually amused. Fake chuckles are common in social situations—such as during an important interview or a promising first date. “Laughter is really interesting because we observe it across all human cultures and in other species,” says Carolyn McGettigan, a cognitive neuroscientist at Royal Holloway, University of London. “It's an incredibly important social signal.”
In a 2013 study, McGettigan, then a postdoctoral researcher at University College London, and her colleagues scanned the brains of 21 participants while they passively listened to clips of laughter elicited by funny YouTube videos or produced on command (with instructions to sound as natural as possible). Subjects whose medial prefrontal cortex “lit up” more when hearing the posed laughter were better at detecting whether laughs were genuine or not in a subsequent test. (This brain region is involved in understanding the viewpoint of others.) “If you hear a laugh that seems ambiguous in terms of what the person means,” McGettigan explains, “it makes sense that you're going to try to work out why this person sounds like this.”
In a follow-up study in 2016, McGettigan and her colleagues recruited a fresh set of participants to rate the laugh tracks on various qualities, such as authenticity and positivity. They compared these findings with the original brain data and found that the activity in the medial prefrontal cortex was negatively correlated with the genuineness of the laughs. Their analyses also revealed that both types of laughter engaged the auditory cortices, although activity in these brain regions increased as the laughs became happier, more energetic and more authentic.
Greg Bryant, a cognitive scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study, says the findings are consistent with his research. “It doesn't look like the brain is really working that hard to classify laughs as much as it's working to figure out the vocalizer's intention,” he observes.
“Evolutionarily speaking, it's good to be able to detect if someone is authentically experiencing an emotion versus if they're not,” McGettigan says, “because you don't want to be fooled.”
This article was originally published with the title "Real or Faux Hilarity?"