Research: Neuroscience and Information Processing

When researching for homework, I try to look at the subject from different prospectives: Of course, I am going right to the internet to do that.  When I entered “Neuroscience, information processing” into Walden library research guide, and later in Google Reader, there was such a lot of reference material. I needed a “sorting and processing process to process it? The first blog that caught my eye was strongly grounded in religion? So I looked at that one and later tried to find input from other perspectives. I sorted them into three categories, the philosophical perspective of the brain and physiological perspective and a psychological perspective on the subject of Neuroscience and Information Processing.

Among what I thought were the most interesting sources of information among those perspectives, were these:

Philosophy: Making mind out of meat? 

By Dr. Nancy Murphy: Presented at the ‘Ethics, Values and Personhood in the 21st Century’ Conference held in January 2000 at Seattle Pacific University

“So the mental, as information processing at least, is clearly a biological function. It depends on the organization of certain kinds of cells, the neurons that got great pictures of this morning–capable of transmitting electrical impulses to a central processing organ, for us, the brain. And from that central processing organism to the muscles, etcetera.

Now, consciousness–I won’t say very much about this–but recall the title of my talk: Getting Mind Out of Meat. That comes from a line I read in one of Patricia Churchland‘s books. She says a lot of the arguments against physicalism are of the–I can’t see how you could get ever get mind out of meat kind of arguments.”

http://www.counterbalance.org/evp-mind/consc-frame.html

Physiology: Under the microscope

There is a wealth of information on the physical aspects that science has identified. The engineering process of how the brain works is absolutely incredible, but it seems to be beyond the ability of my brain to absorb it in any meaningful way. Neurons, synapses, and the subconscious process by which we remember things just do not help me find my car keys. However, here is a link I have found to further explore that. The link to the Neuroscientist online publication contains many scholarly papers on the subject and invites others who are interested to contribute. There is a subscription at Walden Library Resources to Sage Publications. So as students, we have access to all the research that is located there. Check this one out: Unconscious High-Level Information Processing: Implication for Neurobiological Theories of Consciousness o Simon van Gaal and o Victor A. F. Lamme The Neuroscientist, 1073858411404079, first published on May 31, 2011 …Unconscious High-Level Information Processing: Implication for Neurobiological…Victor A. F. Lamme Cognitive Neuroscience Group, Department of Psychology…Unconscious High-Level Psychology:

Psychology: Brain and behavior?

This site is related to Psychology study and how different conditions in the brain can affect physical and psychological behavior. This site also has some very good video presentations and I find it helps not to have to do so much reading to get the meaning. I think this site is a good example of instructional design. This  is located online at

http://www.highered.mcgraw-Hill.com/sites/0073382736/student_view0/perspectives_in_psychology/five_perspectives_in_psych/

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