Brain, Self and Consciousness
Coordinator: Sangeetha Menon
What essentially constitutes the self-sense? How the self-sense is impaired due to de-afferentation? How does the brain represent and map the self-and body-sense distinctly? The concept of self is central in neuropsychiatric narratives. At the same time the origins and development of its characteristics such as personal identity and emotional core have deep and over-arching philosophical bearings. Another component of this module will focus on philosophical foundations of neuropsychiatric narratives on self (in particular, theory of emotions and wellbeing) with emphasis on Indian wisdom traditions.
What is the Self?
The experiences of self and the corresponding concept have psychological, psychiatric and cultural implications for consciousness studies. The focus on the concept of the self follows three research goals: (a) The place of the self in self-brain interrelations with focus on the phenomenology of the body and emotions, (b) the self in bodies with disability and how subjectivity is centred in body concepts, and (c) the comparative study of self and wellbeing with focus on social, psychological and cultural contexts.
Emotion and Mental HealthThe theories and debates on self have moved from studying an abstract object to a living subject whose personhood is challenged and framed by neural disposition. Neural disorders that change self-perceptions indicate how delicate and thin the neural divide between normalcy and disorder is. It is also significant that the challenge is not one way, but two ways. The subjective self through her experiences, values, attitudes and self-perceptions can alter or influence neural changes to bring in qualitative progress in life.
Our Doctoral Students and their work
coming soon ... watch this space ...
Making small leaps ...
Two scholars are working on difficult but original research ideas, with the Mani Bhaumik Research Fellowship.
Geetha Anand is working on how the body, body-states and levels of consciousness are conceived in Tamil Siddha Philosophy. This will be an original contribution to the discipline of Indian psychology.
Satyanarayana Sharma is venturing on an interdisiplinary study in the field of philosophy of psychology. His work is on understanding the experiences of people with autistic spectrum disorder with particular focus on a philosophical analysis of empathy, desire and self-conscious emotions.