Inside the Brain: A Journey Through Time | Brain Imaging Advances | Neurons & Neuroscience | LiveScience
His stroke damaged the parietal lobe on the right side of his brain, the part that deals with the higher processing of attention. The damage causes him to ignore people, sounds, and objects on his left.
If we truly want to pay a debt of gratitude to our ancestors we need to not only reassess them, but also ourselves. The 21st century brain has its own set of challenges to figure out. While our ancestors needed to outsmart the competition that was stronger and faster, we need to catch up to our own runaway growth and devise plans for a sustainable future.
One does not need to imagine a day when we could no longer comprehend the problem, or counteract the slow decay in the genes underlying our intellectual fitness, or have visions of the world population docilely watching reruns on televisions they can no longer build. It is exceedingly unlikely that a few hundred years will make any difference for the rate of change that might be occurring. Remarkably, it seems that although our genomes are fragile, our society is robust almost entirely by virtue of education, which allows strengths to be rapidly distributed to all members. The sciences have come so far in the past 100 years that we can safely predict that the accelerating rate of knowledge accumulation within our intellectually robust society will lead to the solution of this potentially very difficult problem by socially and morally acceptable means.
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Why Would Being Primed With Guilt Make Pleasurable Experiences More Enjoyable? – Science and Religion Today
These connections between guilt and pleasure are reinforced by the media and by advertising, which often highlights the “sin” associated with indulging.
Spaun could provide a powerful platform for testing hypotheses about how the brain works. For example, it includes a virtual version of the basal ganglia, a region thought to act as a switchboard to allow the brain to toggle between different behaviours. “This was an untested suggestion,” says Eliasmith. “We showed that the basal ganglia can perform that role in a way that allows Spaun to match human performance for different tasks.”