Consciousness In The Brain

  You see, but you do not observe… A Scandal in Bohemia, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes:  Arthur Conan Doyle What is the distinction between seeing and observing? The term ‘seeing’ suggests a passive process, whereas observation clearly requires something additional; the attention to a particular detail or details within the visual scene, the extraction […]

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The addicted brain

If you’ve got the money honey, we’ve got your disease — Guns n’ Roses: Welcome to the Jungle One of the key challenges of cognitive neuroscience is to gain an understanding of the neural mechanisms behind the various psychiatric disorders that can blight mankind. Knowledge of the how various brain mechanisms work in health, and […]

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Can a neuroscientist read your mind?

Media reports into recent research have claimed that neuroscientists are now effectively able to perform ‘mind reading’. Such reporting inevitable raises ethical questions about what applications such research might eventually be put to, and, judging by some of the comments that the on-line versions of these articles have provoked, have alarmed some people regarding the […]

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The dangers of self-report

A common methodology in behavioural science is to use self-report questionnaires to gather data. Data from these questionnaire can be used to identify relationships between scores on the variable(s) that the questionnaire is assumed to measure and either performance on behavioural tasks, physiological measures taken during an experiment, or even scores obtained from other questionnaires […]

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