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This is your Brain on Conflict: An unwritten chapter in conflict studies

In Intellectual History on April 1, 2010 at 9:24 am

The most interesting article I came across this morning was from the New York Times (big surprise), and concerned the use of fMRI in English departments. This is written by Patricia Cohen who has a nice niche in covering intellectual movements and happenings at the University (full disclosure, she broke a big story about my research a couple of years ago). Patricia has a knack for picking up on novel aspects of the life of the mind and putting them out there for discussion. This is quite important work really.

In this story we see how important data is for the advancement of knowledge. If you have ever been a student of mine you will have heard the phrase: “love your data.” This is always my advice for those who would attempt to get in the knowledge game, for while explanatory theory is the goal, the data are the way. There is nothing that will get your well connected and over educated peers going than a new set of findings. When you add a new technology of finding making, watch out! This is what we have with fMRI. In case you don’t know what that is, the simple answer is that it is a brain scanning technology that helps researcher to know where in your brain thinking is taking place, and from this to infer what you are thinking about.

The know-how is progressing apace and already most of ┬ásocial sciences have a cognitive subfield with cross-over Read the rest of this entry »