4 min read · 2020-11-23 · In stressful times, this surprising lesson from neuroscience may help to lessen your anxieties.
The scientific name for body budgeting is allostasis.
This budgetary account of how the brain works may seem plausible when it comes to your bodily functions. It may seem less natural to view your mental life as a series of deposits and withdrawals. But your own experience is rarely a guide to your brain’s inner workings. Every thought you have, every feeling of happiness or anger or awe you experience, every kindness you extend and every insult you bear or sling is part of your brain’s calculations as it anticipates and budgets your metabolic needs.
Your brain’s most important job isn’t thinking; it’s running the systems of your body to keep you alive and well.
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To solve hard problems, the brain needs ready access to the information, plans, procedures and knowledge it will be using. Cognitive scientists refer to this collective task knowledge as a task set.
When we decide to perform a task, our brains do a cost–benefit analysis on the fly, weighing the value of the outcome against the projected mental investment required to be successful. As a result, we often avoid hard tasks in favour of smaller, easier tasks, particularly if we aren’t making immediate progress.
returning to a hard task in this way comes with a ‘restart’ cost
~16 min read · 2020-02-27 · The long read: For decades it has been the dominant metaphor in neuroscience. But could this idea have been leading us astray all along?
“Neuroscience still largely lacks organising principles or a theoretical framework for converting brain data into fundamental knowledge and understanding.”
“Global understanding, when it comes, will likely take the form of highly diverse panels loosely stitched together into a patchwork quilt.”
In a computer, software and hardware are separate; however, our brains and our minds consist of what can best be described as wetware, in which what is happening and where it is happening are completely intertwined.