Cognitive Neuroscience Becomes Fiction

I suppose it was inevitable that novelists would eventually provide their intriguing perspective on recent important developments in the cognitive neurosciences, such as on the concept of consciousness, our ill-understood subjective relationship to objects and events. We’re in a strange uncharted era. Consciousness had historically been the sole purview of philosophers and theologians, who viewed…

An Intriguing New Perspective on Our Brain’s Organization–Part 2

Last month’s column introduced Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg’s marvelous new book, The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind (2001). The column focused especially on his conceptualization of our brain’s overall organization. Let’s now focus on our cortex’s frontal lobes, which are central to a functioning human brain, and to Goldberg’s book. Survival is dependent…

An Intriguing New Perspective of Our Brain’s Organization–Part 1

The split brain research of several decades ago sparked many educators’ interest in our brain’s organization. The hemispheric separation of selected cognitive functions made sense to teachers who had long observed personality and ability differences in developing brains. Although the right-brain/left-brain rhetoric and learning styles inventories that emerged often went far beyond what neuroscientists had…