The Self-Referential Loop We Call Consciousness

Self as Symbol — The loopy nature of consciousness trips up scientists studying themselves By Tom Siegfried February 11th, 2012; Vol.181 #3 (p. 28) This essay is part of Demystifying the Mind, a special report on the new science of consciousness. The next installments will appear in the February 25 and March 10 issues of Science News. …deciphering consciousness […]

“Alcohol intoxication raises men’s performance on a test of verbal ingenuity.”

and much needed!  lol Vodka delivers shot of creativity A boozy glow may trigger problem-solving insights By Bruce Bower Friday, February 10th, 2012 Getting a buzz from booze may boost creativity. Men who drank themselves tipsy solved more problems demanding verbal resourcefulness in less time than sober guys did, a new study finds. Sudden, intuitive […]

Metaphors Make Brains Touchy Feely

Metaphors Make Brains Touchy Feely Conceptual metaphor theory suggests that knowledge is structured around metaphorical mappings derived from physical experience. Segregated processing of object properties in sensory cortex allows testing of the hypothesis that metaphor processing recruits activity in domain-specific sensory cortex. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) we show that texture-selective somatosensory cortex in […]

“Abnormal Brain Structure Implicated in Stimulant Drug Addiction” Sibling Study

Abnormal Brain Structure Implicated in Stimulant Drug Addiction (excerpted from Science mag.) Abstract — Addiction to drugs is a major contemporary public health issue, characterized by maladaptive behavior to obtain and consume an increasing amount of drugs at the expense of the individual’s health and social and personal life. We discovered abnormalities in fronto-striatal brain […]