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What do deactivations in neuroimaging mean?

By now, we’re all familiar with the colourful spots and blobs associated with brain imaging. The assumption is often that areas which ‘light up’ are increasingly activated – and are, as such, implicitly more ‘important’ – in the task under … Continue reading

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The aversive brain

The ability to detect and respond appropriately to aversive things or events in our environment is essential for all organisms, from fruit flies to humans. Although much is known about aversive responding at the psychological level (e.g. displays of fear, … Continue reading

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Human Brain Mapping (HBM) 2011

Human Brain Mapping in Quebec City was an excellent, if not slightly overwhelming, conference which brought together the often discrepant worlds of neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, physics, engineering, mathematics, and computer science. (Did I miss anyone?) For a first-timer – and … Continue reading

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Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference 2011

The Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CCNP) is the premier college in Canada for expert knowledge on the pharmacology of brain function. This year’s conference was held in la belle ville de Montréal. Though recent years had a much greater attendance … Continue reading

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Serotonin & reward

In an article entitled “5-HT receptors and reward-related behaviour: A review”, Andrew Greenshaw and I discuss the involvement of the many different serotonin receptors in reward. While dopamine has largely become synonymous with reward, in both the professional literature as … Continue reading

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Is our self nothing but reward?

In a new article entitled “Is our self nothing but reward?“, Georg Northoff and I discuss the potential relationship between reward and self. We explore these notoriously challenging concepts in an attempt to suggest ways in which brain researchers from … Continue reading

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Brains never rest

Whilst part of what we perceive comes through our senses from the object before us, another part (and it may be the larger part) always comes out of our own head. When William James, the preeminent psychologist and philosopher, wrote … Continue reading

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