Neuro science helps us to look at how the brain operates. The more we know about the brain, the better we can understand how people make decisions and SOMETIMES Why.
We begin our journey with a visual representation of the brain. <br><br>"On assignment for Psychology class, Jackson Mohsenin set out to create an infographic that displayed & explained the major sections of the brain and their functions. The brain is extremely complex, and thus the goal was to communicate just enough without overloading the viewer with information."Edit Remove Move
While today we have many cool and relatively high-tech tools to study the inner workings of the brain, such was not always the case. For many thousands of years looking inside of a functioning brain was very near impossible.
So study of the brain was focused on the rare cases of brain injury (imagine a person got hit in the head and subsequent behavior changed), the effect of certain "drugs" on thought, and postmortem dissections.
That does not mean the brain was not studied, only that it was more difficult and less precise than brain study today. There are many (trust me I have spent hours reading them for fun) online timelines that give a historical perspective to how far we have come. Two of my favorite historical examinations are:On the shoulders of giants (Thanks Isaac Newton!)
Today we have many ways to study how the brain works. At the risk of oversimplification there are five main ways of doing this:
EEGs have been around for over a century (<a rel="" target="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroencephalography#History">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroencephalography#History</a>) but still offer a very useful (and relatively inexpensive) look at brain activity.<br><br><br>Dr. Philip Michael Zeman describing how researchers at the University of Victoria have been using MOST-EEG brain scan technology to investigate how people's brains function while they navigate in the 3D 1st-person perspective videogame.Edit Remove Move
Look who uses EEGs! "LONDON, England (CNN) -- A U.S. professor claims he has identified the parts of the brain that help to make someone a good leader. Pierre Balthazard, an associate professor at the Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, also says he can use neuroscientific techniques to help people improve the skills that play a part in leadership."Edit Remove Move
A research team from Arizona State University has been engaged in a unique research project. Academics have studied leadership for decades. But leadership remains an area of relative mystery because so much of it is associated with cognitive and emotional response. A new multidisciplinary approach is called leadership neuroscience.Edit Remove Move
Neuroscientist and inventor Christopher deCharms demonstrates a new way to use fMRI to show brain activity -- thoughts, emotions, pain -- while it is happening. In other words, you can actually see how you feel.Edit Remove Move
VERY little finance per se, but so interesting I had to include it: "A Canadian man who was believed to have been in a vegetative state for more than a decade, has been able to tell scientists that he is not in any pain. It's the first time an uncommunicative, severely brain-injured patient has been able to give answers clinically relevant to their care."Edit Remove Move
Neuroscience has learned much about the brain's activity and its link to certain thoughts. As Lesley Stahl reports, it may now be possible, on a basic level, to read a person's mind.Edit Remove Move
When two people are trying to make a deal -- whether they're competing or cooperating -- what's really going on inside their brains? Behavioral economist Colin Camerer shows research that reveals just how little we're able to predict what others are thinking.Edit Remove Move
While there is some evidence linking violence in general to risk factors such as age, sex, substance abuse, and personality traits such as anger and impulsiveness, over many years, researchers have established that only a very small subset of people suffering from mental illness are likely to commit violent acts.Edit Remove Move
Robert J. Shiller is Professor of Economics at Yale University: "Economics is at the start of a revolution that is traceable to an unexpected source: medical schools and their research facilities. Neuroscience – the science of how the brain, that physical organ inside one’s head, really works – is beginning to change the way we think about how people make decisions. These findings will inevitably change the way we think about how economies function. In short, we are at the dawn of “neuroeconomics.” Which will be our next tool set.Edit Remove Move
To explain human financial risk taking, economic and finance theories typically refer to the mathematical properties of financial options, whereas psychological theories have emphasized the influence of emotion and cognition on choice. From a neuroscience perspective, choice emanates from a dynamic multicomponential process.Edit Remove Move
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Listening to music may make the daily commute tolerable, but streaming a story through the headphones can make it disappear. You were home; now you're at your desk: What happened? Storytelling happened, and now scientists have mapped the experience of listening to podcasts, specifically " The Moth Radio Hour," using a scanner to track brain activity.Edit Remove Move
New technologies are shedding light on biology's greatest unsolved mystery: how the brain really works.Edit Remove Move