A Theory Of Mind

The mechanism people use to infer and reason about another person’s states of mind is called a ‘Theory of Mind’ . One of the most striking discoveries of recent human cognitive neuroscience is that there is a group of brain regions in human cortex that selectively and specifically underlie this mechanism.

In this Ted Talk, cognitive neuroscientist, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples’ thoughts — and judges their actions.

Our lab studies these brain regions for Theory of Mind, as a case study in the deeper and broader question: how does the brain – an electrical and biological machine – construct abstract thoughts?

Inside the teenage brain

Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? In this video, cognitive neuroscientist, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.

Inside the storytelling brain

I was reading an article in the Guardian newspaper recently on how important stories are to our human and societal interactions   Most of our ways of understanding the world are narratives of one form or another, whether serious scientific stories  conceptual metaphors, or the kind of tales we use to justify our choices in life.

Watch as cognitive neuroscientist, Michael Gazzaniga ponders our need to hear and tell coherent stories about ourselves.