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Lecture 4

Live Lecture 4 Neuroscience II

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LECTURE 4: NEUROSCIENCE II February 4, 2013 - The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat - The Case of the Imposter Syndrome: • David had an accident and was in a coma for 5 years. When his parents come to visit him in the hospital, he seems on edge although he is normal in all other aspects. • The reason he’s on edge with his parents is because he thinks they look like his parents but they’re not (maybe they are highly trained actors – fully convinced)  There is definitely an emotional component because he doesn’t feel the same emotional attachment that he used to  Could be the fact that he saw the parents first before hearing them  REASON: The common explanation for this was Freudian: David had an unconscious attraction to his mother and now he damaged his head and the feelings he used to have make him confused as to how to react  Neurons in the FFG (Fusion-Formed…) respond to faces. The amygdala assesses the emotional significance of a stimulus. • When you see a person that you care about, you have a rush of good feelings. In the Capgras Delusion, the person can recognize who they are seeing but the flood of emotional feelings that is associated with recognition is no longer present. • Because of the fact that David feels no emotional attachment to these people who look like his parents, he thinks they’re imposters  People with Capgras Delusion have: • 1. Recognition without emotion • 2. Delusion does not occur with auditory stimuli • 3. Brain creates a running narrative to explain stimuli and events - Experiment in which people were told that there are Type I and Type II hearts and were asked to put their
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