This is a wonderful article – replete with pictures (National Geographic) and data (thanks to the Pew Research Center). To my
American friends – this is the future of our country. I wonder how this shift, this blending, will affect stereotyping behavior? How will the behavior morph and change? Will it increase, decrease, or remain the same? All good questions to ponder over. I can imagine good ‘ol London – chock full of diversity – sharing the same fate as outlined in the article. Food for thought!
Hmmm… for some reason I’m not terribly surprised by this finding (I wonder why…). Indeed, though, it is a fascinating find! The researchers measured blood testosterone levels and did fMRI scans of the brains of their participants (all men). They also measured the substance – oxytocin. Everyone knows about dopamine and (possibly to a lesser degree) serotonin. Well, oxytocin is one of the lesser known neurotransmitters that also masquerades as a hormone in the body. It is directly involved in the birthing process, lactation, and maternal bonding. It has been labelled the “bonding hormone” (see e.g., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxytocin) as it is also implicated in pair-bonding, social recognition, trust, and empathy. As there has recently been much focus on fatherhood research, oxytocin levels have been shown to rise in dads with babies and young children. Thus, oxytocin seems to underlie paternal bonding. It’s a nice read with a very interesting result.
This is quite fascinating. Hong Kong protesters are electronically connecting to each without the use of cell (mobile) or WiFi networks. How? Ingenious! Read the article. Cell (mobile) phones are nothing more than very fancy walkie-talkies… This kind of reminds me of the citizens band (CB) radio days. What humans will do to communicate. NPR article