Science

Untangling the Neuroscience of Free Will

Sometimes just having a conscious belief in free will can make a difference… By Brooke Dulka Free will is the belief that one’s actions and thoughts arise from, and are controlled by, a conscious self. However, some scientists believe that free will...

Time to Act?

Decision making, with and without consciousness By Georgeann Sack All images by plant_microverse These images reveal the structures of plants. A talented plant cell biologist from Charles University in Prague has taken optical cross sections of...

Causal Effects of Consciousness

An area ripe for study By Georgeann Sack Photo by gjohnstonphoto/iStock/StandardLicense In “Neuroscience Can Model Consciousness,” Jussi Jylkkä and Henry Railo asserted that consciousness has causal effects. I have been thinking about that a...

Sensory Integration: Your Body in the World

Secondary somatosensory cortex may be a site of multi-sensory integration and projection By Georgeann Sack By GeorgePeters/iStock/Standard License In “The Diverse Mechanisms of Sensory Experience,” I described how each of our senses is encoded...

The Heart of our Mind

Harnessing the power of heart-brain connections to rewire your brain for inner calm and clarity By Holly Erin Copeland Photo by Ina RH on Unsplash As anxiety and fear are running high in the face of the COVID-19 virus, there could...

The Collective Development of Scientific Methods

From exoplanet astronomy to the study of consciousness, seeing is believing By Georgeann Sack “Looking out of an observatory in Vicuna, Chile.” By DC_Colombia. Exoplanet astronomers analyze data from telescopes to create visual representations...

Epigenetics: Above and Beyond Genetic Determinism

By Ben Callif Conscious choice and individual experience have a role to play in the progression of evolution and the emergence of new species For those visual learners among you (or those of you who don’t want to read 3,000+ words), here’s a video...