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Georg Northoff (Canada Research Chair in Neuropsychiatry) at Bogazici, Monday April 16th.

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A Joint Bogazici Cognitive-Science and Philosophy Tallk

“What is Neurophilosophy?”
Georg Northoff (Canada Research Chair in Neuropsychiatry)

Monday April 16th, 5-7pm, M1170 (Engineering Building)

Abstract: Neurophilosophy is a young and novel field right at the intersection between neuroscience and philosophy. Unlike more
established disciplines, it has not yet an established method that needs to be developed in the future as part of a future ‘Theoretical
Neurophilosophy’. At the same time though Neurophilosophy is a highly promising field of the future which will be able to provide novel answers to questions discussed in philosophy since more than 3000 years. This will not only enrich neuroscience and provide new ideas for experimental designs but will also change and reverberate in philosophy itself by allowing for a shift from the hitherto mind-based philosophy to a more brain-based neurophilosophy.

Georg Northoff, MD, PhD, is EJLB-CIHR Michael Smith Chair in Neurosciences and Mental Health and holds a Canada Research Chair for Mind, Brain Imaging and Neuroethics at the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR). He completed his initial training in medicine/psychiatry and philosophy in Germany. Dr. Northoff’s previous academic positions included Professorships at the University of Magdeburg, Germany, and Harvard University, U.S.A. With over 100 scientific publications, his current focus is predominantly on the self – having developed the concept of cortical midline structures. Experimental research within his unit focuses on the functional and biochemical mechanisms underlying our sense of self in both healthy subjects and psychiatric patients. In addition to neuroimaging, he also focuses on neuroethical issues. Early on, he investigated issues related to personal identity in patients with deep brain stimulation and brain tissue transplantation. Another neuroethical focus is on the impact of emotions and empathy in the decision making involved in informed consent, which is of particular
relevance regarding psychiatric patients.


Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm

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