Neurophilosophy

Archives for December, 2009

Feeling the pain of others

HOW do you react when you see somebody else in pain? Most of us can empathize with someone who has been injured or is sick – we can quite easily put ourselves “in their shoes” and understand, to some extent, what they are feeling. We can share their emotional experience, because observing their pain activates…

Glimpsing memory traces in real time

MEMORY is one of the biggest enduring mysteries of modern neuroscience, and has perhaps been researched more intensively than any other aspect of brain function. The past few decades have yielded a great deal of knowledge about the cellular and molecular mechanisms of memory, and it is now widely believed that memories are formed as…

Project H.M., Phase I

IN February of this year, Jacopo Annese (above), a neuroanatomist and radiologist at the University of California, San Diego travelled to Boston to take delivery of a brain. For Annese, collecting brains is not unusual – he is, after all, director of UCSD’s Brain Observatory, which will eventually become a comprehensive library of brains donated…