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3.6 Neuropsychological Experiments

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    • Should neuroscientists move toward more complex, realistic stimuli for neuropsychological experiments? How would you design a realistic experiment to examine free will?

    • Yes, more complex and realistic sets of stimuli, in more realistic situations, should be encouraged.

      I image a group of subjects who have a situation proposed to them, with a number of possible choices to make. After making their choice, they could be offered more information. After receiving the new information, they could choose again from the original options. Any who changed their choice based on the new information would be exhibiting some degree of free choice

    • Fit subjects with long term EEG-type caps + GoPros, then monitor their normal behaviour over test working days and identify and examine ex post potential free will decisions over these test days.

    • The best way to find whether we humans do have free will or not is by understanding more about how actually our brain functions. Is there any particular way that if electrical signals can make someone take decisions in a particular way.

    • For now, I agree with Ayan Paul.

    • Considering that we must gather data regarding decisions involving a moment of free will, we must first have advances within our nano technology sector to create some form of fmri device that can be on a subjects scalp 24 hours a day. That way we record what activity happened during the moment the subject has to decide. They would have to write down on a notepad every moment they considered they took a decision and that way we can also see when they didnt write something down yet had activity in the brain still.

    • I think that this should be studied alot deeper. I would suggest it would be interesting to compare response times between adults and children, between a common adult and a Buddhist (example) adult. What if one lives a life trained to be responsive instead of reactionary? How does this effect the neuron responses to physical actions? As we grow our energy bodies learn physical reactions to frequencies we encounter. Some good some bad, once we are adults we have trained our energy bodies to auto respond when encountering said frequencies. Sarcasm frequency = response laughter / challenge frequency = response fear etc. How we handle the 1st encounters with these frequencies will be the programing for our energy body. So children are not fully programed and may show different areas of response in the brain and different response times. Spiritual people are trying to attain a point of not reacting to things but more so responding with thought and sort of disconnected from the outcome of the stimuli and therefore may also show different than an average study subject. Free will may be greatly impacted by the study subjects understanding of what that means. Some people are followers and some people are leaders. Some people react to life, some people respond. I think diving into the later would take this science to a new perspective of how our concious and subconscious coexist.

    • Should neuroscientists move toward more complex, realistic stimuli for neuropsychological experiments?
      In the long-run view of understanding free will, I would say yes but we are not there yet. The basic principles around the subject are still somewhat open for refinement. In the office hours, he covers this as something that will come from theorists or philosophers in the future as they refine the definition of free will and when and how it behaves in the human being.
      How would you design a realistic experiment to examine free will?
      For now, it would have to involve a deeper level of mapping of the brain as it works through these processes. There is something yet unknown about the processes at play and how the processes are run in the mind. The realistic experiment might involve something that is monitoring deep signals in the brain in real-time with full data collection. We would also need to be able to replay several scenarios with the same conditional setup which by definition we cannot do because of the separation of mechanical machines not truly mimicking physicological brain activity.

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