Brain tricks: Is this rubber hand really mine?

In a previous post on the self and the brain I briefly mentioned how our bodily self can be affected by disease, such as anorexia nervosa. And as mentioned here some individuals refuse ownership of the their own limbs and want to get rid of them. It does not take disease or injury to interfere with ... read more ...
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I am tired but my feet are alive and kicking: Restless legs syndrome

When I was pregnant with my wonderful, now 14 year old daughter, my feet started to act out. When I lay down in bed, really tired and ready to go to sleep, my feet seemed to be in the mood for some wild dancing. It was almost like they were out of sync with the rest of my body, governed by a different ... read more ...
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When the right hand doesn’t know what the left one is doing: Dr. Strangelove’s affliction

In this video-clip from Stanley Kubrick’s film, “Dr. Strangelove”, we see the character from whom the movie derives its name, struggle to keep his right arm in check, as it repeatedly tries to give the Nazi salute. It literally seems as if Dr. Strangelove’s right arm has a mind of its own. I ... read more ...
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Self-awareness and mirror neurons

It has been proposed that so-called mirror neurons have an important role in the development of self-awareness. They are also important in our ability to emphathize and imitate others. Babies copy facial expressions and it is very cute when they stick out their tongue or yawn in imitation. This behavior ... read more ...
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Sleep disorders in Alzheimer’s disease: chicken or egg?

The sleeping brain Sleep has a vital restorative function, important for optimal day-time functioning. The brain’s activity during sleep can be detected with a device called electroencephalogram (EEG), which measures and records the electrical activity in the brain. EEG studies have found certain ... read more ...
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The self and the brain

 “It is much easier to feel the self than to define the self.” (Gordon Allport, 1961) Philosophers have written a great deal about consciousness and the self. In contrast, many have doubted that these concepts belong in the realm of the neurosciences. I disagree. We should neither let centuries ... read more ...
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