(Minor spoiler alert for those of you who haven’t seen The LEGO Movie)
It is always interesting when an academic debate in philosophy coincides with the release of a blockbuster movie on the same issue. In the last couple of months, a series of texts and comments on free will and moral responsibility were published by some prominent psychologists and philosophers, including Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Paul Bloom, Jerry Coyne, as well as Tamler Sommers and David Pizarro. Meanwhile The LEGO Movie, a clever allegorical metaphor on freedom and creativity, generated 69 million dollars within its first opening weekend in cinemas. Continue reading
Dana Alliance member Thomas R. Insel has been a staunch trailblazer in neuroscience and psychiatry with an amazing capacity for doing it with, as a recent New York Times article states, “a reflexively earnest good nature.” As the director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the priorities and mission he has developed and continues to develop guide the activities of an influential federal organization that has a large impact on public health and policy.
NEURO.tv starts the season with an amazing discussion with Katherine L. Bryant about the visual cortex in primates and the anatomical differences found between the brains of different primates. Continue reading
Romantic love is both psychological and physical. Although a complex conscious emotion, love has strong biological foundations. The study of love, as with much of Neuroscience, crosses boundaries. Lucy Brown and Helen Fischer use both psychological and biological approaches to gain insights into the mystery of “love” and share their insights on the website The Anatomy of Love. Continue reading
Brain Awareness Week (BAW)—March 10-16—is less than two months away, and brain enthusiasts around the world are busy preparing for the excitement. From the skyscrapers of New York City to the Himalayas in Nepal, BAW partners, including hospitals, universities, schools, senior centers, and other institutions, are preparing for brain bees, brain fairs, brain lectures, brain lab tours, brain dissections, brain art exhibits, brain performances and…you get the picture. Continue reading