Category Archives: Neuroscience

Applying the neuroscience of creativity to creativity training

This article investigates how neuroscience in general, and neuroscience of creativity in particular, can be used in teaching “applied creativity” and the usefulness of this approach to creativity training. The article is based on empirical data and our experiences from … Continue reading

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Neurobiologically Poor? Brain Phenotypes, Inequality, and Biosocial Determinism

The rise of neuroplasticity has led to new fields of study about the relationship between social inequalities and neurobiology, including investigations into the “neuroscience of poverty.” The neural phenotype of poverty proposed in recent neuroscientific research emerges out of classed, … Continue reading

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Critical Neuroscience and Socially Extended Minds

The concept of a socially extended mind suggests that our cognitive processes are extended not simply by the various tools and technologies we use, but by other minds in our intersubjective interactions and, more systematically, by institutions that, like tools … Continue reading

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Social Science and Neuroscience beyond Interdisciplinarity

This article is an account of the dynamics of interaction across the social sciences and neurosciences. Against an arid rhetoric of ‘interdisciplinarity’, it calls for a more expansive imaginary of what experiment – as practice and ethos – might offer … Continue reading

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The Neurobiology of Music-Induced Pleasure

Neuroscientists have pinpointed neural correlates associated with enjoying music. A pioneering new study by an international team of neuroscientists has identified a specific functional connectivity network between brain regions that is directly associated with the degree of pleasure someone experiences … Continue reading

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Neurobiological Mechanisms of Responding to Injustice

People are particularly sensitive to injustice. Accordingly, deeper knowledge regarding the processes that underlie the perception of injustice, and the subsequent decisions to either punish transgressors or compensate victims, is of important social value. By combining a novel decision-making paradigm with functional neuroimaging, … Continue reading

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The Neuroscience of Fairness and Injustice

How Our Brains Are Wired to Resist Unfair Treatment: Humans are inherently social beings. We care not only about material and financial rewards, but also about social status, belonging, and respect. Research studies show that our brains automatically evaluate the … Continue reading

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We Are Not Alone: Perception and The Others

In this paper, I have outlined an original Metaphysics of Perception which takes into consideration some of the most common views about perception in the contemporary debate. Then I will look at the consequences of this metaphysics about our perception … Continue reading

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Social Cognitive Neuroscience of Empathy: Concepts, Circuits, and Genes

This article reviews concepts of, as well as neurocognitive and genetic studies on, empathy. Whereas cognitive empathy can be equated with the affective theory of mind, that is, with mentalizing the emotions of others, affective empathy is about sharing emotions … Continue reading

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Networks of Mind: Learning, Culture, Neuroscience

This groundbreaking book is unique in bringing together two perspectives on learning – sociocultural theory and neuroscience. Drawing on both perspectives, it foregrounds important developments in our understanding of what learning is, where and how learning occurs and what we can do to … Continue reading

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