brain

Brain surgeons must often manipulate the brain and sometimes remove parts of it. The surgery involved is often much cruder than popularly supposed. The brain has the consistency of jelly – it seems something of a cruel miracle that thought and feeling, an understanding of...

Kant maintained that ‘freedom of the will’ is one of the metaphysical issues the human intellect is not fit to tackle. I hope at least to add a tiny tile to the complex mosaic of ‘will and actions’, through the perspective of cognitive neuroscience. I will discuss the cases...

On opening up the top of your head, one of the most striking features of the brain’s structure is that it is divided into two hemispheres. Delving further, you will notice that the two hemispheres are connected with a bundle of fibres called the corpus callosum. But what role...

The work of modern psychologists and neuroscientists is now almost universally informed by the idea that the mind is a product of the physical brain (and anybody taking a different line probably shouldn’t be sat next to at conferences). If this assumption is correct, then it...

Why would anyone think we have two visual systems? After all, we have only one pair of eyes – and clearly we have only one indivisible visual experience of the world. Surely it would be more sensible to assume, as most scientists throughout the history of visual science have...

With so much contemporary psychology preoccupied by a purely phrenological mission to map out which neural areas are active during which tasks, it’s easy to forget all those chemicals washing through our brains, each exerting its own profound influence on our feelings and...