Neurohumanities

Today the ‘Literature and the Meaning of Life’ MA group had a lecture from Prof. Trudy Dehue of the Department of Psychology. Amongst other things she critically addressed the use of fMRI brain imaging, pharmaceutical marketing, and gender and the treatment of depression (with a bit about Charlotte Perkins Gilman‘s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ on top of all this). If you think that brain imaging seems to be outside the academic interests of students of the humanities, then you’ll be surprised to learn about neurohumanities, which, amongst other things, involves scanning readers of Jane Austen. See http://www.thenation.com/article/174221/adventures-neurohumanities?page=full#

(NB: This article was not part of today’s talk.)

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