Monday, March 13, 2006

How genes make up your mind

I have written a small piece about imaging genetics (IG) in Science & Consciousness Review. IG is IMHO really going to revolutionize cognitive science, hopefully even philosophy of mind. The findings made here point altogether to how tightly coupled the mind is to its physical brain, and how our minds are made by our brains.

Just a small passage from my piece:
"Genes control the development of neurons to make up brains, but they also govern neuronal gene expression during our daily lives. (...) Genes work at every level of the neural process. They are the fundamental building blocks for both the structure and the functioning of the brain. They set the stage for how neurons and functional groups of neurons act in response to different inputs. Genes are therefore fundamental for the way we experience, think and behave."


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