The five most-read posts on Scope this week were:
Study says sharing a bed with baby may lead to more breastfeeding: The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents against sharing a bed with their infant, citing instances of infants being accidentally smothered to death in adults' beds. But new research showing links between bed-sharing and breastfeeding might one day alter the contours of that guidance.
Stanford to live webcast Dalai Lama events Oct. 14 & 15: The Dalai Lama delivered a public talk at Stanford last week titled "The Centrality of Compassion in Human Life and Society." He also participated in a daylong conference sponsored by the medical school's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Both events were streamed live and archived video is now available online.
Dalai Lama and Stanford researchers explore science of compassion and altruism: During the Oct. 15 conference on "Scientific Explorations of Compassion and Altruism," Stanford researchers and colleagues engaged in a dialogue with the Dalai Lama about the neural, genetic and behavioral mechanisms associated with compassion, altruism and other pro-social emotions.
Image of the week: Your brain on love: Passionate feelings of love activate reward systems in the brain and can block the sensation of pain, according to recent research from Stanford. This image shows the brain of a study subject exposed to acute experimental thermal pain as he or she is viewing pictures of a loved one.
The Atlantic profiles Stanford's John Ioannidis, "one of the most influential scientists alive": The November issue of The Atlantic features a detailed account of the work of the John Ioannidis, MD, DSc, the new head of the Stanford Prevention Research Center.