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A rustle of undergrowth in the outback: it’s a sound that might make an animal or person stop sharply and be still, in the anticipation of a predator. That “freezing” is part of the fear response, a reaction to a stimulus in the environment and part of the brain’s determination of whether to be afraid of it.
Neuroscience of free will refers to recent neuroscientific investigation of questions concerning free will . It is a topic of philosophy and science . One question is whether, and in what sense, rational agents exercise control over their actions or decisions. As it has become possible to study the living brain , researchers have begun to watch decision making processes at work. Findings could carry implications for moral responsibility in general. Moreover, some research shows that if findings seem to challenge people's belief in the idea of free will itself then this can affect their sense of agency (e.g. sense of control in their life). [ 1 ] [ 2 ]
Neuroscientists at MIT have discovered what appears to be the master gene that controls the forming of new memories in your brain. Called Npas4, the gene triggers a complex reaction that results in memories (events) being encoded into your brain’s neurons — and by knocking out Npas4 from test subjects, the neuroscientists were able to stop new memories from forming . Before you scrunch up your face in disgust, MIT carried out this research on mice, not humans.
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Technology could offer lifeline for stroke victims and people hit by degenerative diseases In the study, a computer analyzed brain activity and reproduced words that people were hearing By Tamara Cohen UPDATED: 05:49 GMT, 1 February 2012
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