Topic: Social neuroscience

Brain activity linked to self-perception, esteem

Jan. 7, 2010

Who among us hasn't thought we were smarter, prettier, more athletic or just plain better than all of our friends? Psychologists have long known about the "above average" effect, the natural human tendency to overestimate our skills, abilities and characteristics. Sometimes, that extra self esteem can be good. Sometimes, it can go a little far.

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Brain Activity Levels Affect Self-Perception, Research Shows; "Rose-Colored Glasses" Correlate with Less Frontal Lobe Use

Jan. 6, 2010

The less you use your brain's frontal lobes, the more you see yourself through rose-colored glasses, a University of Texas at Austin researcher says.

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