Deciding Without Knowing It?

In the paper “Predicting Persuasion-Induced Behavior Change from the Brain” from The Journal of Neuroscience , UCLA researchers reveal that they were better able to predict test subjects’ behavior days in advance by monitoring activity in the medial prefrontal cortex than by asking them what they would do.  Psyorg.com explains: The new study by Lieberman [Read More...]

The Writer Who Literally Could Not Read

The story of an incredible, counter-intuitive, assumption-rattling, neurological situation and the ingenious way that Howard Engel learned to make the best of it: If you would rather watch a cartoon version of the above, that’s here. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Researchers May Have Explanation For Near Death Experiences

That the phenomenon of seeing a bright light before one dies has a brain-based cause is hardly a surprise, but rather the clearly most likely inference.  But it is still wonderful to live in a time at which it may be possible neuroscientifically to ascertain that precise cause and hopefully undermine those who would reinforce [Read More...]

Neuroplasticity

In May 2009, Margaret Throsby interviewed Norman Doidge MD, research psychiatrist at the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Centre and the University of Toronto.  Here are a few nuggets from the fascinating, 40 minute long audio interview on neuroplasticity: a property of the brain which allows it to change its structure and its function as it goes [Read More...]

How Exercise Helps Mold A More Stress-Resistant Brain

Really interesting research out of Princeton: In the experiment, preliminary results of which were presented last month at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Chicago, scientists allowed one group of rats to run. Another set of rodents was not allowed to exercise. Then all of the rats swam in cold water, which they [Read More...]

Philosophers’ Blog Carnival

Welcome to The Philosophers’ Blog Carnival at Camels With Hammers! (via Peter Mandik’s Brain Hammer) First I want to kick things off with a super post not actually submitted to the carnival but worth your attention nonetheless. Phil Goetz writes: The history of religions sometimes resembles the history of viruses. Judaism and Islam were both [Read More...]

The Integral Role Of Emotions In Good Decision Making

Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio on the indispensable connection between emotions and value assessment and how these are necessary for decision making. The full talk: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Daniel Tammet—The Boy With The Incredible Brain

The story of Daniel Tammet’s amazing, amazing, amazing brain.  Tammet can master a new language in a week and he can memorize pi to thousands of places and do extraordinarily complicated math problems in his head simply seeing the numbers and other images and patterns in his mind. There are 5 parts, be sure to watch [Read More...]

New Research On Possible Sources Of Psychopathy Brain Abnormalities

Science Daily reports: Earlier studies had suggested that dysfunction of specific brain regions might underpin psychopathy. Such areas of the brain were identified as the amygdale, ie the area associated with emotions, fear and aggression, and the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), the region which deals with decision making. There is a white matter tract that connects [Read More...]


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