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Empathy, Affection and Neurofeedback

Empathy, Affection and Neurofeedback

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There are few couples who haven’t heard or said something like this during an argument: “I’m not a mind reader.” This article from Scientific American¬†discusses a fascinating study that suggest neurofeedback may hold a key toward helping couples communicate better. Researchers focused on the part of the brain associated with affiliative emotions — the “warm and fuzzy” (though not specifically romantic) emotions people feel for family members and close friends. By using the therapy to study the differences between complex social emotions such as affection, pride, tenderness, and more, and how these affected participants’ affiliative emotion levels, the researchers believe they can use these findings to help couples become closer.

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