What Can Brain Imaging Tell Us About Violent Extremism? Before answering that question, I’ll tell you about an incredibly impressive ethnographic study and field survey. For a one year period, the investigators (Pretus, Hamid et al., 2018) conducted field work … Continue reading Social exclusion and sacred values
How the Brain Decides What to Learn In order to learn about the world, an animal needs to do more than just pay attention to its surroundings. It also needs to learn which sights, sounds and sensations in its environment … Continue reading The learning brain
Neuromodulation of the Cerebellum Influences Social Behavior A potentially game-changing new study on mice by neuroscientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) reports that social impairments can be improved by brain stimulation of targeted areas in the cerebellum. This study, … Continue reading Motor control vs. social behavior
Do You Believe in God, or Is That a Software Glitch? We’ve all seen them, those colorful images that show how our brains “light up” when we’re in love, playing a video game, craving chocolate, etc. Created using functional magnetic … Continue reading The false positives of fmri
Blobs and Pitfalls: Challenges for fMRI Research Brain scanning is big at the moment. In particular, the technique of functional MRI (fMRI) has become hugely popular within neuroscience. But now a group of big-name neuroimaging researchers, led by Russ Poldrack, … Continue reading The traps of neuroimaging research
How The Brain Produces Consciousness in Time Slices The driver ahead suddenly stops, and you find yourself stomping on your breaks before you even realize what is going on. We would call this a reflex, but the underlying reality is … Continue reading Is consciousness continuous or discrete?
The Brain Processes Social Information at High Priority Our brain automatically pays great attention to everyday actions linked to a social context. Researchers from Bochum have verified this fact with the aid of hypnosis. Brain is sensitive for social information. … Continue reading Social competence is for humans