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The social brain and its superpowers: Matthew Lieberman, Ph.D.

The social brain and its superpowers: Matthew Lieberman, Ph.D.

 

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Neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman explains that through his studies he’s learned that our kryptonite is ignoring the importance of our social superpowers and by building on our social intuition, we can make ourselves smarter, happier, and more productive. In this TEDx Talk, Lieberman explores groundbreaking research in social neuroscience that reveals that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental than our need for food or shelter and that the social pain and pleasure we experience has just as much impact as physical pain and pleasure.

When does pain heal?

Who are the strongest people?

Every successful person has a painful story

The walls we build around ourselves

The aim of the wise is to avoid pain – Aristotle

How you handle your pain is most important

How you handle your pain is most important

How you handle your pain is most important

Are you sure you really know how much you hurt someone?

Are you sure you really know how much you hurt someone?

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Sometimes we need pain in our life to grow – Will Smith

Sometimes we need pain in our life to grow – Will Smith

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Elliot Krane: The mystery of chronic pain

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We think of pain as a symptom, but there are cases where the nervous system develops feedback loops and pain becomes a terrifying disease in itself. Starting with the story of a girl whose sprained wrist turned into a nightmare, Elliot Krane talks about the complex mystery of chronic pain, and reviews the facts we’re just learning about how it works and how to treat it.

At the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Elliot Krane works on the problem of treating pain in children.

Why you should listen to him:

It’s an awful problem to contemplate: How do you help a young child in pain? As director of Pain Management Services at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Elliot Krane works on solving this problem, studying and treating kids who are undergoing surgeries, suffering from complications of diabetes — and kids suffering “neuropathic pain” resulting from injury to the nervous system itself.