The neuroscience of advanced scientific concepts

  title={The neuroscience of advanced scientific concepts},
  author={Robert A. Mason and Reinhard A Schumacher and Marcel Adam Just},
  journal={NPJ Science of Learning},
Cognitive neuroscience methods can identify the fMRI-measured neural representation of familiar individual concepts, such as apple, and decompose them into meaningful neural and semantic components. This approach was applied here to determine the neural representations and underlying dimensions of representation of far more abstract physics concepts related to matter and energy, such as fermion and dark matter, in the brains of 10 Carnegie Mellon physics faculty members who thought about the… 

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