1. As humans, we like to think that our decisions are under our conscious control — that we have free will. Philosophers have debated that concept for centuries, and now Haynes and other experimental neuroscientists are raising a new challenge. They argue that consciousness of a decision may be a mere biochemical afterthought, with no influence whatsoever on a person’s actions. According to this logic, they say, free will is an illusion. “We feel we choose, but we don’t,” says Patrick Haggard, a neuroscientist at University College London.
This quote, is from this story, and it is worth a read if you are interested in free will research (the original papers are linked within the article).
I get a lot of questions about my Ph.D. project, and the article linked above is a good read to get the gist of what I am studying in my first lab rotation.  I will eventually sit down and write it out properly (read: in normal english not written to impress research councils only), but for now here is the official blurb for my first project if you want to read it.

    As humans, we like to think that our decisions are under our conscious control — that we have free will. Philosophers have debated that concept for centuries, and now Haynes and other experimental neuroscientists are raising a new challenge. They argue that consciousness of a decision may be a mere biochemical afterthought, with no influence whatsoever on a person’s actions. According to this logic, they say, free will is an illusion. “We feel we choose, but we don’t,” says Patrick Haggard, a neuroscientist at University College London.

    This quote, is from this story, and it is worth a read if you are interested in free will research (the original papers are linked within the article).

    I get a lot of questions about my Ph.D. project, and the article linked above is a good read to get the gist of what I am studying in my first lab rotation.  I will eventually sit down and write it out properly (read: in normal english not written to impress research councils only), but for now here is the official blurb for my first project if you want to read it.

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Hi, and welcome to my blog! This is where I collect things that I find interesting about the brain, neuroscience, pyschology and more recently, grad school.

Ok so first, a bit about my background. I did a B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology, and now I am a first year neuroscience and neuroimaging Ph.D. student. In my PhD I look at the underlying brain mechanisms of multisensory perception, using functional imaging, psychophysics and computational modelling.

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