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Rebecca Saxe: How we read each other’s minds

By Guest Author On April 24, 2010 Under Personal Development

http://www.ted.com Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Here, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples’ thoughts — and judges their actions.

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25 comments - add yours
stevemp2581

April 24, 2010

I would marry that …
I would marry that one ^^^

fteoOpty64

April 24, 2010

@naviyastube It …
@naviyastube It would not be morally right with ir without technology.
Humans do it all the time by “imposing” the same religious beliefs on our children

IMLozsingMyMinD

April 24, 2010

The most beautiful …
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
— Albert Einstein

naviyastube

April 24, 2010

do u guys think its …
do u guys think its morally right to use technology to influence another persons judgmental decisions???
I recon it could have a very adverse affect if it gets to a extremist group (terrorist, guerrilla fighters) at the same time it would be great if they can use it to rehabilitate the prisoners (mental disorders, patients)

allora23

April 24, 2010

Don’t believe her!

Don’t believe her!

She makes you believe that her magnetic pulses can influence your decisions, but the statistics that she claims would show this does not seem to indicate a significant impact of the magnetic pulse (1 candidate difference, no repeats of the experiment, etc.).

This is brilliant: demonstrate that it does not work, but make people believe that you actually can do it.

wangchangyang

April 24, 2010

ah that makes a lot …
ah that makes a lot of sense, thanks a lot.

1schwererziehbar1

April 24, 2010

quite probably some …
quite probably some RTPJ are a bit bigger or smaller than others. but most are pretty much the same.
what really differs is how specialized they are and how active they get when you give them these specific problems. you saw that in her talk. you also saw that the RTPJs must become specialized over time. this means that if a child is not stimulated to develope the RTPJ (ie because no contact to humans,child soldier,etc) then it will have a less developed RTPJ as an adult.

wangchangyang

April 24, 2010

How is it that some …
How is it that some people have a lower or underdeveloped RTPJ than others. What happened during its development that promoted growth or lack thereof in this area? Is it the same as some people being more athletically gifted than others? Pease I MUST KNOW!

TheRooster602

April 24, 2010

how did she know I …
how did she know I was curious about this?

Tgreenfi08

April 24, 2010

thats some crazy …
thats some crazy shit

Notsorandomnumbers

April 24, 2010

Thats crazy…
Thats crazy…

Contian1001

April 24, 2010

Smart

But what …
Smart

But what about kids?

buttersnp2

April 24, 2010

I want a cheese …
I want a cheese sandwich

SophosVII

April 24, 2010

I wonder if all …
I wonder if all those adults I work with have underdeveloped RTPJ or they are just happy being morons…

Thank you again for the video!

Yamakashi1

April 24, 2010

wtf lol
wtf lol

Yamakashi1

April 24, 2010

agreed

//

well …
agreed

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well maybe it was just people saying she was a bit guilty or she should feel a little bit of guilt or something and not that she has to die for her sins or something, unless there were some religious people or smth

Yamakashi1

April 24, 2010

hahaahhahaha
hahaahhahaha

Yamakashi1

April 24, 2010

laughin my off
laughin my off

lukemurfather

April 24, 2010

Great young …
Great young scientist!

Nowekian

April 24, 2010

i know you think …
i know you think you understand what you thought i said, but i’m not sure you realize that was you heard was not what i meant.
haha!

fluffapuff13

April 24, 2010

wtf? if grace did …
wtf? if grace did that, it would be considered attempted murder!

Saerain

April 24, 2010

Yeah?
Yeah?

Saerain

April 24, 2010

I suspect that some …
I suspect that some people weren’t really paying close enough attention and thought that, in the accident scenario, Grace thought the powder was sugar despite it being labeled as poison, rather than because it was then labeled as sugar.

I got a little lost when she described it, myself, needing to watch it again.

L1zardK1n9

April 24, 2010

such a beautiful …
such a beautiful and smart girl. very enertaining and informative. thanks

DannySmith300

April 24, 2010

thats stupid, she …
thats stupid, she didnt mean to kill her and she thought it was sugar, how does she diserve blam? the person who thought it was poison but gave it to here and she was ok, she deserves less blame?

like this:

i open a door realy fast and hit another persons head by opening it realy fast, i go to prison and get raped by a black guy? even though i didnt mean harm? SOCIETY IS RETARDED!!!!