Category Archives: Mind

Exploring the Musical Mind: Cognition, Emotion, Ability, Function

In the 20 years since the publication of John Sloboda’s landmark volume The Musical Mind, music psychology has developed as a vibrant area of research – exerting influence on areas as diverse as music education and cognitive neuroscience. This new … Continue reading

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Intelligence doesn’t guarantee an open mind

People with higher cognitive abilities are more likely to learn and apply social stereotypes, research finds. However, the experiments also show that those with higher cognitive abilities more easily unlearn stereotypes when presented with new information. “Superior cognitive abilities are often … Continue reading

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Culture, Mind, and the Brain: Current Evidence and Future Directions

Current research on culture focuses on independence and interdependence and documents numerous East-West psychological differences, with an increasing emphasis placed on cognitive mediating mechanisms. Lost in this literature is a time-honored idea of culture as a collective process composed of cross-generationally … Continue reading

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Social Neuroscience – Key Readings

Neuroscientists and cognitive scientists have collaborated for more than a decade with the common goal of understanding how the mind works. These collaborations have helped unravel puzzles of the mind including aspects of perception, imagery, attention and memory. Many aspects … Continue reading

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Complexity and the Function of Mind in Nature

This book is a further contribution to the series Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology.It is an ambitious attempt to explain the relationship between intelligence and environmental complexity, and in so doing to link philosophy of mind to more general … Continue reading

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Minds as Social Institutions

I will first discuss how social interactions organize, coordinate, and specialize as “artifacts,” tools; how these tools are not only for coordination but for achieving something, for some outcome (goal/function), for a collective work. In particular, I will argue that … Continue reading

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Mind Change: How Digital Technologies are leaving their mark on Our Brains

In Mind Change, Susan Greenfield discusses the all-pervading technologies that now surround us, and from which we derive instant information, connected identity, diminished privacy and exceptionally vivid here-and-now experiences. In her view they are creating a new environment, with vast … Continue reading

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Social Brains, Simple Minds: does Social Complexity require Cognitive Complexity?

The social brain hypothesis is a well-accepted and well-supported evolutionary theory of enlarged brain size in the non-human primates. Nevertheless, it tends to emphasize an anthropocentric view of social life and cognition. This often leads to confusion between ultimate and … Continue reading

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The New Science of Mind and the Future of Knowledge

Understanding mental processes in biological terms makes available insights from the new science of the mind to explore connections between philosophy, psychology, the social sciences, the humanities, and studies of disorders of mind. In this perspective we examine how these … Continue reading

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The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording … Continue reading

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