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Turns out metaphor, the stuff of literature class and poetry seminars, is real – at least your brain thinks so. Human brains use metaphor in a literal way. In this New York Times opinion article, Stanford University neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky summarizes a series of studies that reveal how metaphor shapes the way that humans perceive and understand the world around us.
Sapolsky makes the point that the same brain circuitry that goes to work when we encounter physical features of the world (like seeing tigers or eating rotten meat) is triggered when we respond to our environment abstractly (evaluating people in job interviews or through the newspaper for example.) This dual nature of brain function gives words great power over our perception…
What makes Robert Sapolsky unique? He is a rock star of neuroscience: beloved by National Geographic, The New York Times and the MacArthur Foundation. You haven’t heard of Robert Sapolsky? Other researchers may impress you with how smart they are; Sapolsky makes you feel like a genius. That earns him the five star rating in our estimation. Here, he delivers an end of the year celebration speech at Stanford University where he teaches and does neurobiology research. This talk for general audiences compares us with the other animals. What is the difference? You can reflect on his reflections on reflection.
A special region in your brain lights up when you hear or read a verb. It doesn’t have to be an action verb. What does that mean? Neuroscience does not have a definitive answer but every year scientists produce thousands of new reports on what we are learning.
This lecture, part of the 350 year celebration of the Royal Society*, is far more than a jazz on your lifelong ability to learn new things as you age. Oxford professor of neuroscience Colin Blakemore delivers a true history of our understanding of the brain and cognition. Along the way, he gives a tour of the brain: its evolution, principle regions and related cognitive functions.
Eric Chudler’s NFK provides information about all things related to neuroscience. Although site design is limited and the title suggests that the explanations will be simplistic, you will find the explanations anecdotal and written to spark curiosity. The posts may be written for young people but adults will appreciate the content and clarity of expression.
The site enables your curiosity by allowing the user to link from idea to idea in a non-linear way that is addictive.
Our emotions define the quality of our lives. They color our experiences and influence our relations with others and with ourselves. What makes us feel the way we do?