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Entries from October 2010

Emotional Networks in the Brain

October 13th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Review of LeDoux, J. & Phelps, E. (2008).  Emotional networks in the brain.  In M. Lewis, J. Haviland-Jones & L. Barrett (Eds.), Handbook of emotions (pp. 159 – 179).  New York, NY: Guilford Press. Summary of the Article In this article, LeDoux and Phelps (2008) review the current state of research into neural and anatomical […]

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The Identity Function of Autobiographical Memory

October 13th, 2010 · 1 Comment

One of the most curious aspects of cognitive psychology is its almost-complete disconnect with philosophy of mind, an academic discipline that has developed since Aristotle and, in modern times, since Descartes.  This neglect is a two-way street; just as cognitive psychology ignores philosophy of mind, so philosophy of mind ignores cognitive psychology, even as they […]

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Philosophical Existentialism v. Existential Psychoanalysis

October 10th, 2010 · 4 Comments

There is a sharp distinction between what might be called “philosophical existentialism” on the one hand, and “existential psychoanalysis” or “therapeutic existentialism” on the other.  The former is a surprisingly specific and narrow reaction to the German idealism of the 18th century.  The latter is a method of psychological analysis. A. Philosophical Existentialism 1. Absolute […]

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