Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Praise and Cash Reward

Here is a news headline in Reuters "Praise as good as cash to brain: study"

Here are some sections from that article

"NEED TO BELONG'

Both kinds of rewards triggered activity in a reward-related area of the brain. Sadato said the finding represents an important first step toward explaining complex human social behaviors such as altruism."

The article acknowledges the existence of biologically coded reward system in brain.

"The fact that the social reward is biologically coded suggests that "the need to belong ... is essential for humans," said Sadato, whose study appears in the journal Neuron."

The following pssage shows that human brain uses same parts of brain to process and react to different social and environmental inputs and stimuli.

"A similar study in the same journal by Caroline Zink of the National Institute of Mental Health and colleagues found the same brain region was active when people were processing information about social status."

The complete Reuters news article is at.

3 comments:

Oleg Kucheryavenko said...

I didn't like this article because it simplified neuroscientific data to its primitive level. It distorted all the principles of cognitive sciences. My opinion: it's awful :(

Javed Alam said...

Oleg

I agree with you that most of these articles are over simplication of what goes on within 10 billion neurons in human brain.

Here is my question to you? How best you will communicate your knowledge of Neuroscience about this topic to people who has very basic knowledge of human brain functioning or nothing at all?

Oleg Kucheryavenko said...

I'm delighted to reply this question. I think people should be told all the information about brain and human functioning that takes place as it is. Maybe you disagree with this point of view but as for me it is the only correct and undoubted, elsewise we will mess the science instead of making it popular.

"The cobbler should stick to his last" - exact quote that describes fake scientists.

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