Fall reflections…

The view out my office window: Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

Fall semester is pretty much half over here at George Mason. Over the past two days, after my return from China, I’ve had time to reflect on the incredible dynamism of the science that goes on here…

An example: today I got to see some absolutely spectacular results that may be relevant to interactions between the brain and the immune system–to my mind, an understudied critical physiological axis in developing new treatments disease.

In the meantime, I’ve been reading up on the default mode network–the system in our brain that seems to subserve mind wandering. Specifically, I’m interested in what happens when the function of this network goes awry (for example in schizophrenia). But the larger question is this: how does the neural dynamics of our brain play out in our complex human social interactions? Can my default mode network affect yours? Time for us to hire some social neuroscientists?

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