Patricia S. Churchland

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The Computational Bruin represents a notable attempt to summarize the current status of research on computational models of brain function at an introductory level. As we might expect from the authors’ backgrounds, the work integrates topics in philosophy, neuroscience, and connectionist modelling, and it will therefore be reviewed in all three areas after(More)
Research on the neurobiological and behavioral effects of oxytocin (OT), as well as on its possible therapeutic applications, has intensified in the past decade. Accurate determination of peripheral OT levels is essential to reach meaningful conclusions and to motivate, support and inform clinical interventions. Different, but concordant, methods for(More)
rtificial-intelligence research is Aundergoing a revolution To explain how and why, and to put John R. Searle’s argument in perspective, we first need a flashback. By the early 1950’s the old, vague question, Could a machine think? had been replaced by the more approachable question, Could a machine that manipulated physical symbols according to(More)
One of the great strengths of the mouse model is the wide array of genetic tools that have been developed. Striking examples include methods for directed modification of the genome, and for regulated expression or inactivation of genes. Within neuroscience, it is now routine to express reporter genes, neuronal activity indicators, and opsins in specific(More)
We critically review the mushrooming literature addressing the neural mechanisms of moral cognition (NMMC), reaching the following broad conclusions: (1) research mainly focuses on three inter-related categories: the moral emotions, moral social cognition, and abstract moral reasoning. (2) Research varies in terms of whether it deploys ecologically valid or(More)
Big data has transformed fields such as physics and genomics. Neuroscience is set to collect its own big data sets, but to exploit its full potential, there need to be ways to standardize, integrate and synthesize diverse types of data from different levels of analysis and across species. This will require a cultural shift in sharing data across labs, as(More)
Broad-spectrum philosophical resistance to physicalist accounts of conscious awareness has condensed around a single and clearly identified line of argument. Philosophical analysis and criticism of that line of argument has also begun to crystallize. The nature of that criticism coheres with certain theoretical ideas from cognitive neuroscience that attempt(More)