Cube Installation by Pippa Skotnes
Cube Installation by Pippa Skotnes

Ask Mark - Week 6

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Thank you to everyone who posted questions for this week. I have recorded a response to four of the many interesting questions you had posed. My video responses are on YouTube with links below. Transcripts will be posted as soon as they are available.

Question 1: Can the mind or thoughts, change or control the different components of the brain and how it functions? For example, can a person with depression alter that part of the brain associated with depressed state of mind by continually thinking ‘happy thoughts’ or ‘optimistic thoughts’? Can the mind control or train how the brain operates or evolves in a person?

Response to question 1 - length: 8:47


Question 2: How do the concepts ‘agency’ and ‘conscious reflection’ relate to the concept ‘Theory of Mind’ as used in autism research?

Response to question 2 - length: 4:45


Question 3: Earlier in the course you hinted at the connection between dreams and the limbic system. You mentioned eye movements and seeking in dreams. Please can you explain this?

Response to question 3 - length: 11:19


Question 4: I would be very grateful if you could share your view of the brain architecture and how it fits the mind models and mental processes. You explained to us very clearly, what is the difference between upper brainstem and cortex structures, also what the difference is between left or right halves of the brain, what is ventromedial prefrontal cortex “doing” and what is dorsolateral prefrontal cortex “doing”. Are there other brain-mind correlates which you find important to mention?

Response to question 4 - length: 9:45


That is it for the Ask Mark sessions! I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have. Please feel free to browse the collection of all my answers from previous runs of this course on the YouTube playlist linked at the bottom of this page.

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This article is from the free online course:

What Is a Mind?

University of Cape Town