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Frames, Biases, and Rational Decision-Making in the Human Brain

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Science  04 Aug 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5787, pp. 684-687
DOI: 10.1126/science.1128356

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  • RE: Mind as EEG Data Based Algorithm is Decision Maker not Brain
    • Dean M Aslam, Professor and Researcher, Michigan State University

    According to Martino et al. [1], “Human choices are remarkably susceptible to the manner in which options are presented . . . . how the brain may modulate the effect of these biasing influences to approximate rationality.” There is no scientific evidence of whether brain or brain parts are decision makers.
    What is Mind? Realizing that brain’s goal is survival, this eletter (a) argues that mind, not brain or its parts, is the decision maker, and (b) attempts to address currently unanswered questions: After perception of data through sound, sight, smell, touch and taste, who decides how to react? What is the role of Amygdala Scripts [2] in human decisions? Who controls brain’s frontal lobe and Amygdala, and their communication with other parts of CNS and PNS (Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems)? Who controls huge bidirectional data flow across CNS and PNS? As the brain’s goal is survival, what is mind’s role and how does it interact with brain? If a human being decides to jump off a cliff, can brain interfere? Is a dog, not under stress, more intelligent than a human under extreme stress? Can mind (a) affect neurogenesis, (b) slowdown aging, (c) detect social interactions, and (d) help brain repair in deep sleep? Is female’s mind more alert and multi-dimensional but less focused than male’s mind that is more focused [3]?
    Scientific Model of Mind: The ancient Egyptians [4] and Chinese [5] considered heart as the center of intelligence and although role of brai...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.

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