Latest Mary Helen Immordino-Yang Stories

2012-07-03 10:19:39

As each day passes, the pace of life seems to accelerate — demands on productivity continue ever upward and there is hardly ever a moment when we aren´t, in some way, in touch with our family, friends, or coworkers. While moments for reflection may be hard to come by, a new article suggests that the long-lost art of introspection –even daydreaming – may be an increasingly valuable part of life. In the article, published in the July issue of Perspectives on...

2011-07-07 18:59:30

The human brain may simulate physical sensations to prompt introspection, capitalizing on moments of high emotion to promote moral behavior, according to a USC researcher. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute and the USC Rossier School of Education found that individuals who were told stories designed to evoke compassion and admiration for virtue sometimes reported that they felt a physical sensation in response. These psycho-physical "pangs" of emotion are very...

2009-04-14 14:34:23

A U.S. researcher raises questions about the emotional cost of the heavy reliance on a rapid stream of news snippets from TV, online or Twitter. First author Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the University of Southern California said that humans can sort information very quickly and can respond in fractions of seconds to signs of physical pain in others. However, admiration and compassion -- two of the social emotions that define humanity -- take much longer. The researchers used compelling,...

2009-04-14 09:20:00

Media culture should allow time for reflective moments, say USC neuroscientists in a study that also shows higher emotions to be as rooted in the body as primal impulses Emotions linked to our moral sense awaken slowly in the mind, according to a new study from a neuroscience group led by corresponding author Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. The finding, contained in one of the first brain studies of inspirational...

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