Some units in the brain are highly specialized. Communication between them is the key for integrating information into our conscious perception. But what happens if such integration fails, and how can the consequences be misinterpreted. Continue reading Two Ghosts in the Machine
In December, researchers were able to reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in mice using a flashing light. What’s more, this might tell us something about what consciousness entails in the human brain, and what gamma waves may have to do with it. Continue reading I See the Light! Waving Hello to Consciousness
We consider wisdom to be the pinnacle of human cognition. So why does cognitive neuroscience have such a difficult time characterising what makes us wise? Continue reading No Neuroscience of Wisdom: Time to wise up?
As technology advances, we’re forced to ask ourselves whether we want moral decisions to be made by humans or algorithms. With the invention of autonomous cars, the “trolley dilemma” is up for discussion again. Is sacrificing one person to save five others the more moral option? Would your answer change if you were the ‘one’? Continue reading On Determining Whom to Kill: The Challenge of Moral Decision Making
“I totally followed through with my New Year’s resolutions!” – said no one ever “This year I’m gonna do it! I will stop procrastinating and start exercising. I will eat healthier and do my paperwork on time.” We all have put demands on our future selves at one point or another in our lives, often around December 31st and many a time fallen back into … Continue reading On the Neuropsychology of the Unconscious