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The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights by Daniel Goleman

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Self-Awareness

New findings suggest how brain regions involved in self-awareness help us with ethics and with decision making in general. The key to understanding this neural dynamic is to distinguish between the thinking brain (neocortex), and the subcortical areas.

 

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The neocortex – the wavy areas in green – contains centers for cognition and other complex mental operations. The subcortical areas, shown here in blue, are where more basic mental processes occur. Just below the thinking brain, and projecting into the cortex, are the limbic centers, the brain’s main areas for emotion. These areas are also found in the brains of other mammals. The ...

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