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2011-04-27 23:37:39

A new study uses creative engineering to unravel brain mechanisms associated with one of the most fundamental subjective human feelings: self-consciousness. The research, published by Cell Press in the April 28 issue of the journal Neuron, identifies a brain region called the temporo-parietal junction (TPJ) as being critical for the feeling of being an entity localized at a particular position in space and for perceiving the world from this position and perspective. Recent theories of...

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2011-02-18 09:10:00

It may sound like the stuff of science fiction films, but researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique F©d©rale de Lausanne (EPFL) Brain Mind Institute are using virtual reality and brain imaging technology to study the feeling of owning one's body, as well as near-death and out-of-body experiences. According to a February 17 press release, the study, which is being led by EPFL and University of Geneva neurologist Olaf Blanke, is believed to be "the first experimental, data-driven...

2009-08-05 09:06:46

When you feel you are being touched, usually someone or something is physically touching you and you perceive that your "self" is located in the same place as your body. In new research published in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE, neuroscientists at the Ecole Polytechnique F©d©rale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, investigated the relationship between bodily self-consciousness and the way touch stimuli are spatially represented in humans. They found that sensations...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.