Place: CiNet 1F Conference Room
Neural and molecular correlates of baseless self-confidence
Belief in oneself is not always well founded, but an essential aspect of the human mind. It motivates to achieve our goals and helps us to have hopes for future, which promote both mental and physical health. In my talk, I will present our recent findings of how baseless self-confidence is associated with default states of neural and molecular systems, using resting-state fMRI and PET.
Imaginary companion in young children
Imaginary companion (IC) refers to imaginary agents who participate in every activity with children.IC is phenomenon commonly observed in young children, and about half of thechildren experience ICs. It is well known that children often report realistic perceptual experience of IC.
However, due to reliance on anecdotal evidence , it was unclear whether children experienced such realistic perception. We indirectly examined the issue by testing whether children’s behaviors and brain responses were affected when “observing” an invisible agent.