Public Understanding of Cognitive Neuroscience Research Findings: Trying to Peer Beyond Enchanted Glass
Version of Record online: 10 AUG 2011
© 2011 The Author. Journal Compilation © 2011 International Mind, Brain, and Education Society and Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Mind, Brain, and Education
Volume 5, Issue 3, pages 108–114, September 2011
How to Cite
Grotzer, T. A. (2011), Public Understanding of Cognitive Neuroscience Research Findings: Trying to Peer Beyond Enchanted Glass. Mind, Brain, and Education, 5: 108–114. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-228X.2011.01118.x
- Issue online: 10 AUG 2011
- Version of Record online: 10 AUG 2011
This article considers the appeal of cognitive neuroscience research to the general public within the context of the deep puzzles involved in using our minds to understand how our minds work. It offers a few promising examples of findings that illuminate the ways of the mind and reveal these workings to be counter-intuitive with our subjective experience. However, this promise is tempered by the powerful role that perception, attention, and cognition play in how we reason about evidence. It argues that the interplay between what we believe about the nature of our minds and what the findings suggest constitutes a primary challenge in encouraging public understanding of cognitive neuroscience findings.