Social Neuroscience and The Self | with Taylor Guthrie @The Cellular Republic | Thinking Tools #24Vote
Understanding social neuroscience requires understanding the neuroscience of the self. That’s because our social interactions are deeply intertwined with how we understand ourselves, our goals, needs, desires, and dreads. Social cognitive neuroscience, one field that studies the brain in social circumstances, has discovered much regarding how our brains process information about ourselves and others.
In this episode of the Thinking Tools Podcast, I speak with Taylor Guthrie, the creator of one of my favorite YouTube channels, @The Cellular Republic (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUNqseoOq5DfzwCRI-7ZAow).
There, Taylor provides university-level lectures on social neuroscience as well as shorter videos that provide insight into other aspects of neuroscience.
Taylor Guthrie is a PhD student at the University of Oregon where his main focus of study is social neuroscience. He is particularly interested in how our brains begin to represent social information in more similar ways to each other as we form close relationships with one another. His work explores the nature of the self at a neural level and seeks to uncover the ways in which the brain separates information about the self from information that is used to represent the various other people around us. He uses MRI and computational analysis methods to explore these various processes.
00:00 Understanding social neuroscience requires understanding the neuroscience of the self.
00:28 Taylor Guthrie’s YouTube channel (The Cellular Republic) and credentials
01:36 Taylor Guthrie’s background
05:18 Neural homophily
06:41 Multivoxel pattern analysis (for studying neural homophily)
09:17 Why did Taylor start his YouTube channel?
13:30 What is social neuroscience?
14:28 Neuroscience of the Self
17:35 New experimental paradigms in social neuroscience
19:37 The default mode network in social cognition
22:22 Uri Hasson and temporal processing
28:50 Prefrontal cortex in social cognition
34:11 Negative health effects of social isolation
43:03 How the brain works (The Cellular Republic)
49:22 Neuroscience book recommendation: “Livewired,” by David Eagleman https://youtu.be/IIEaBXa_6Ag
51:57 What is free will?
59:47 Are cells and molecules conscious?
01:02:50 Find Taylor on his YouTube channel (The Cellular Republic)
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