A new article in the latest issue of the PNAS entitled “Predicting risky choices from brain activity patterns“ (h/t to Shannon Selin). This study reminds me of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky’s work: Prospect theory concerns the psychophysics of wealth utility: that is, the perceived tradeoffs between potential outcomes and the probability of some outcome occurring. Kahneman…
Check out Nick Day’s documentary recorded at the annual Toward a Science of Consciousness conference. Artificial intelligenceBuddhismCognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive scienceconsciousnessEmbodied cognitionExtended MindneuroscienceNick Dayphilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindPhilosophy of scienceQuantum mechanicsRoger PenroseRupert Sheldrake
Oliver Sacks is the test subject in looking at the effect of music on the brain. BrainElectroencephalographyMagnetic resonance imagingOliver Sacks
Anil Seth, Chris Frith and Barry Smith (of Birkbeck, not Buffalo!) outline the topography in a podcast. Anil SethBarry SmithChris FrithCognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive sciencecomplexityconsciousnessEmbodied cognitionMagnetic resonance imagingneurosciencePhilosophy of mindqualia
Two articles on that old philosophical chestnut – free will: one from Intelligent Life (neurons v. free will) and one from the sister title, the Economist (Free will and politics). Cognitive scienceFree willIntelligent LifeneurosciencePhilosophy of mind
Check out philosopher Dan Lloyd’s film project. On the film site there are several videos of different brain states worth watching. Dan is, of course, no stranger to using other modalities to communicate his thoughts on consciousness – his book Radiant Cool is a classic in the genre. Inside each of us, at every moment, a symphony…
Here’s a recent article from The Guardian. The brain in the clip turns from red to solid yellow during climax. brain scienceCognitive scienceKayt Sukelmriorgasmqualia
Kayt Sukel performs an intimate act in an fMRI scanner to explore the pathways of pleasure and pain.
Here is the recently published book by my chum Erol Başar who as it happens is also contributing to my forthcoming edited book entitled Hayek in Mind: Hayek’s Philosophical Psychology. Not surprisingly, there is much reference to Hayek’s The Sensory Order peppered throughout Erol’s book most notably in section 2.12 (pp. 39-41). Other distinguished neuroscientists who appreciate…
Another video (via David Livingstone Smith) of Pat Churchland plugging her and Paul’s forthcoming book Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality. This talk is part of the The Great Debate conference Can Science Tell Us Right From Wrong?