Functional Neuroimaging of Belief Disbelief and Uncertainty ( Ebook ) author Sam Harris


SUMMARY Functional Neuroimaging of Belief Disbelief and Uncertainty

Functional Neuroimaging of Belief Disbelief and Uncertainty

ABSTRACTObjective The difference between believing and disbelieving a proposition is one of the most potent regulators of human behavior and emotion When we accept a statement as true it becomes the basis for further thought and action; rejected as false it remains a string of words The purpose of this study was to differentiate belief disbelief and uncertainty at the level of the brainMethods We used functional magnetic resonance imaging fMRI to study the brains of 14 adults while they judged written statements to be “true” belief “false” disbelief or “undecidable” uncertainty To charac.

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Terize belief disbelief and uncertainty in a content independent manner we included statements from a wide range of categories autobiographical mathematical geographical religious ethical semantic and factualResults The states of belief disbelief and uncertainty differentially activated distinct regions of the prefrontal and parietal cortices as well as the basal gangliaInterpretation Belief and disbelief differ from uncertainty in that both provide information that can subseuently inform behavior and emotion The mechanism underlying this difference appears to involve the anterior cingulate cortex A.

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CC and the caudate While many areas of higher cognition are likely involved in assessing the truth value of linguistic propositions the final acceptance of a statement as “true” or its rejection as “false” seems to rely on primitive hedonic processing in the medial prefrontal cortex and the anterior insula Truth may be beauty and beauty truth in than a metaphorical sense and false propositions might actually disgust usREAD THE FULL PAPER HEREFunctional Neuroimaging of Belief Disbelief and Uncertainty READ THE EDITORIAL ABOUT THE STUDY WRITTEN BY OLIVER SACKS JOY HIRSCH HERENeurology of Belie.

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  • Functional Neuroimaging of Belief Disbelief and Uncertainty
  • Sam Harris
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  • 15 October 2017
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2 thoughts on “Functional Neuroimaging of Belief Disbelief and Uncertainty

  1. says:

    Harris is better at finding interesting results than he is at placing them within a philosophical context His work here creates some significant problems for his approach to knowledge

  2. says:

    ABSTRACTObjective The difference between believing and disbelieving a proposition is one of the most potent regulators of human behavior and emotion When we accept a statement as true it becomes the basis for further thought and action; rejected as false it remains a string of words The purpose of this study was to differentiate belief disbelief and uncertainty at the level of the brainMethods We used functional magnetic resonance imaging

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