By Patrick Rogers
The current issue of Cognitive Neuroscience is a special issue on the neuroscience of consciousness. Of particular interest is the article by Victor A.F. Lamme, “How neuroscience will change our view consciousness“. From the abstract:
…the study of consciousness is dominated by what we know from introspection and behavior. This has fooled us into thinking that we know what we are conscious of. …in fact we don’t know what we are conscious of. …The exercise is an example of how neuroscience will move us away from psychological intuitions about consciousness, and hence depict a notion of consciousness that may go against our deepest conviction: “My consciousness is mine, and mine alone.” It’s not.
The rest of the issue is behind a paywall (UCSD has institutional access), but this article freely available to everyone.
by Robert Bond
The New York Times has an article on how Literature professors are looking into how evolutionary psychology may be related to how we understand and enjoy literature. Fascinating stuff!
By Patrick Rogers
We’re all familiar with the Blue Brain Project, which is attempting to computationally replicate a mammalian brain, at this point they’ve already succeeded in building the first cellular-level neocortical column based entirely on biological data.
There’s now a documentary short covering the project called “BLUEBRAIN – Year One”. It’s a little over 16 minutes, and pretty cool.
Bluebrain | Year One from Couple 3 Films on Vimeo.
By Darren Schreiber
There have been so many interesting things published since my last update that I decided to split the list into two emails. In this collections, we’ve got the gamut from genes to neurotransmitters to brain to behavior. Crisan (1), Long (7), and Zak (13) show that neurochemistry (with serotonin and testosterone) alter economic decision making and Gan (20) provides evidence of the role for dopamine in encoding rewards. Decision-making is further illuminated with work on the nucleus accumbens (2), the temporo-parietal junction (12), and the orbitofrontal cortex (15). The insula and its roles in both internal (18) and social (3) perceptual process are also explored. Other highlights include discussions of the neural architecture of social reasoning (9), pain (10), attention (17), and Bayesian inference (19). I also think that the implications of new work on psychopaths (8) is fascinating as we try to synthesize our intuitions about legal and moral responsibility with work on the neuropathology that underpins this disease.