Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Freedberg: Neuroscience

From: David Freedberg
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2007 12:18:39 -0500
Along with Pietro Perona, Vittorio Gallese, and Fortunato Battaglia, I have been working for the last decade or so on the neuroscientific aspects of automatic and unconscious responses to visual imagery. We've concentrated particularly on the problem of emotional and motor responses.
The degree to which these are precognitive or not has been a fundamental issue in the many discussions I've been having with both neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists, as well as in the experiments we're currently devising. Much of the work focuses on issues of embodied simulation. An essay by Gallese and myself which deals, inter alia, with aspects of automatic empathetic responses will shortly appear in Trends in Cognitive Science. More to follow (as time permits), including my responses to the initial questions of this symposium. On dreams as well --

David Freedberg

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