HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
UCLA researchers show that culture influences brain cells

led corticospinal excitability (CSE)which scientists use to probe the activity of mirror neurons.

They found that the American participants demonstrated higher mirror neuron activity while observing the American making gestures compared to the Nicaraguan. And when the Nicaraguan actor performed American gestures, the mirror neuron activation of the observers dropped.

We believe these are some of the first data to show neurobiological responses to culture-specific stimuli, said Molnar-Szakacs. Our data show that both ethnicity and culture interact to influence activity in the brain, specifically within the mirror neuron network involved in social communication and interaction.

We are the heirs of communal but local traditions, said Iacoboni. Mirror neurons are the brain cells that help us in shaping our own culture. However, the neural mechanisms of mirroring that shape our assimilation of local traditions could also reveal other cultures, as long as such cross-cultural encounters are truly possible. All in all, our research suggests that with mirror neurons our brain mirrors people, not simply actions.

Thus, it appears that neural systems supporting memory, empathy and general cognition encodes information differently depending on whos giving the informationa member of ones own cultural/ethnic in-group, or a member of an out-group, and that ethnic in-group membership and a culturally learned motor repertoire more strongly influence the brains responses to observed actions, specifically actions used in social communication.

An important conclusion from these results is that culture has a measurable influence on our brain and, as a result, our behavior. Researchers need to take this into consideration when drawing conclusions about brain function and human behavior, said Molnar-Szakacs. The findings, the researchers note, may also have implications for motor skill and language learning, intergroup communication, as
'"/>

Contact: Mark Wheeler
mwheeler@mednet.ucla.edu
310-794-2265
University of California - Los Angeles
17-Jul-2007


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Innovative tagging technique may help researchers better protect fish stocks
2. Penn researchers discover how key protein stops inflammation
3. ASU researchers partner with UOP to make biofuel for military jets a reality
4. Einstein researchers prototype vaccine could provide improved protection against tuberculosis
5. Penn researchers discover pathway that eliminates genetic defects in red blood cells
6. U-M researchers find family of on switches that cause prostate cancer
7. 2007 EURYI: 20 young researchers to receive Nobel Prize-sized awards for breakthrough ideas
8. Pets could be source of multiresistant bacteria infections in humans, MU researchers investigate
9. MGH researchers confirm that bone marrow restores fertility in female mice
10. Smithsonians National Zoo researchers use electronic eggs to help save threatened species
11. U-M researchers identify gene involved in breast cancer

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: UCLA researchers show that culture influences brain cells

(Date:6/25/2015)... LAKE CITY , June 25, 2015  Imagine ... first steps toward a healthier, happier life. That,s exactly ... is designed to do. The cutting-edge, portable health program ... offers real-life solutions to help improve your lifestyle and ... Association awards dinner and gala Wednesday night, USANA,s THA ...
(Date:6/24/2015)... , June 24, 2015 This report provides ... the next six years. It contains an analysis of ... along with their impact from the short, medium, and ... discusses the industry, market, and technology trends that currently, ... need of concerned authorities to efficiently manage the increasing ...
(Date:6/24/2015)... Biometry authentication provider KeyLemon today announced ... one face in. Logo - ... in, entering the expanding biometric authentication market in ... answer to the password problem. With advanced face ... KeyLemon, one face in allows users to securely ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):@USANAinc's Personalized Nutrition Program Wins Industry Innovation Award 2Automatic Identification System Market by Class, by Platform, by Application and by Geography - Global Forecasts & Analysis to 2014 - 2020 2KeyLemon Announces Partnership With Biometric Password Solution onefacein 2
(Date:7/28/2015)... July 28, 2015 Seahorse Bioscience, the ... is the provider of XF Technology which is ... research areas. As the links between mitochondrial function ... metabolism is escalating rapidly.   Recently, ... Nature Publishing Group (NPG) featuring XF Technology, including ...
(Date:7/28/2015)... 2015 Deerfield Management Company, L.P. today announced ... which will invest in groundbreaking advancements in science that ... and orphan diseases. The venture capital fund will also ... developed and improve the way healthcare is delivered to ... healthcare-focused venture funds in the sector, will donate all ...
(Date:7/28/2015)... July 28, 2015 CSL Behring ... has accepted for review the company,s Biologics License Application ... (rVIII-SingleChain) for the treatment of hemophilia A. In the ... Hemophilia A is a congenital ... nearly all affected patients are male. People with hemophilia ...
(Date:7/27/2015)... , July 27, 2015  Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN ... quarter financial results on Thursday, July 30, 2015, after ... will be followed by a conference call with the ... call from Amgen will be Robert A. Bradway ... of Amgen,s senior management team. Live audio ...
Breaking Biology Technology:XF Technology Used to Demonstrate Feasibility of Stem Cell Regenerative Technique 2XF Technology Used to Demonstrate Feasibility of Stem Cell Regenerative Technique 3Deerfield Launches $550 Million Healthcare Venture-Capital Fund 2Deerfield Launches $550 Million Healthcare Venture-Capital Fund 3U.S. FDA Accepts for Review CSL Behring's Biologics License Application for Its Novel rVIII-SingleChain Therapy for Patients with Hemophilia A 2U.S. FDA Accepts for Review CSL Behring's Biologics License Application for Its Novel rVIII-SingleChain Therapy for Patients with Hemophilia A 3Amgen Announces Webcast of 2015 Second Quarter Financial Results 2
Cached News: