Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Perception or Actuality?

Did you know that your perception of another person’s intentions matters more to your brain’s response than what they actually do? It’s your perception (not their actual actions) that makes the difference. Stanford MRI studies: even though people saw the exact same game, framing the game changed the test subjects’ neural reactions to the players. When you believe a person is doing something nice for someone else, your brains register the observation of a good deed as a personal reward. Of course, the opposite is also true.

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