Decision Making

Nitz (2014)

Citation: Nitz (2014). The Posterior Parietal Cortex: Interface Between Maps of External Spaces and the Generation of Action Sequences. In Space, Time, and Memory in the Hippocampal Formation. Ch2 (pg. 27-54)

Part 1 of this book discusses the inputs to the hippocampus and their roles in spatial processing. It seems each chapter in this book is packed with a ton of data (making it a gold-mine for cool papers), yet the authors (at least Nitz) do a good job of making it highly readable. Rather than go deep into specifics, I’ll present overviews of what I’m taking away from each chapter.

This chapter focuses on the posterior parietal cortex, which, sandwiched between sensory and motor areas makes it an interesting candidate for (more…)

Ending the War on Drugs: How Studying the Brain Gives Us Optimism for an Effective Drug Policy


In complete contrast with his brother’s views about drug policy, Christopher Hitchens expresses a more libertarian view, criticizing and advocating an end to the War on Drugs in the United States and Britain. In conversation with David Frum, it is pointed out how if drugs were legalized, addiction rates may increase. Well, why the hell should we ever advocate for a policy that would have such a result? (more…)

I Can’t Choose…Really, I Can’t

In my last post, I explained a little bit of how addiction works in our brains. For addiction to occur, we must have had to have taken the addictive substance in first place, something many people, such as Peter Hitchens you may remember, regard erroneously as a choice that is worthy of punishment. Let’s look at how our brains make decisions and see if we agree with Mr. Hitchens, or if we have a different opinion. (more…)