Neurophilosophy

Archives for May, 2009

Fernando Vicente

A beautiful and macabre combination of anatomy and portraiture by Spanish artist Fernando Vicente.

What did you do on March 13th, 1985? People with hyperthymesia (which has been characterized only recently, and of which just a handful of cases have so far been reported) would likely provide a vivid account of what happened on that day. And if this particular date has personal significance for you – if, for…

The ability to interpret other peoples’ emotions is vital for social interactions. We recognize emotions in others by observing their body language and facial expressions. The voice also betrays one’s emotional state: words spoken in anger have a different rhythm, stress and intonation than those uttered with a sense of joy or relief. But how…

Music can be thought of as a form of emotional communication, with which the performer conveys an emotional state to the listener. This “language” is remarkably powerful – it can evoke strong emotions, and make your heart race or send tingles down your spine. And it is universal – the emotional content of a piece…

Human cultural traits such as language, dress, religion and values are generally said to be passed from one generation to the next by social learning. And in animal species which have language, the same is true; male song birds, for example, learn the songs with which they serenade potential mates from older male relatives. A…