Upcoming Courses

go to course
Emotional Design: How to make products people will love
Starts TODAY LAST CALL!
go to course
UI Design Patterns for Successful Software
87% booked. Starts in 8 days
 
 

Featured chapter

Marc Hassenzahl explains the fascinating concept of User Experience and Experience Design. Commentaries by Don Norman, Eric Reiss, Mark Blythe, and Whitney Hess

User Experience and Experience Design !

 
 

Our Latest Books

 
 
The Social Design of Technical Systems: Building technologies for communities. 2nd Edition
by Brian Whitworth and Adnan Ahmad
start reading
 
 
 
 
Gamification at Work: Designing Engaging Business Software
by Janaki Mythily Kumar and Mario Herger
start reading
 
 
 
 
The Social Design of Technical Systems: Building technologies for communities
by Brian Whitworth and Adnan Ahmad
start reading
 
 
 
 
The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd Ed.
by Mads Soegaard and Rikke Friis Dam
start reading
 
 

Psychoneural identity hypothesis

Within pschology there is a debate between dualists and monists over whether the mind and the brain are "seperate and distinct entities". Dualists believe that the brain and the mind indeed are seperate entities whereas monists believe that the mind and brain are the same thing. This is emphasized by the psychoneural identity hypothesis, which states that while we might find it convenient to distinguish certain types of mental activity for semantic purposes, all experience is, in principle, completely reducible to physical activity within the brain. In practice we are a long way from being able to carry out this reduction due to the sheer complexity of the brain, but in principle the orthodox scientific view believes this is possible.

Discussion of the psychoneural identity hypothesis is relevant for all disciplines concerning themselves with theories of cognition (such as Interaction Design/HCI). As an example, it is relevant for the field of Artificial Intelligence in that it, if accepted, provides support for the claim that intelligent behaviour can emerge from mere information-processing systems like computers. If an entity (the human mind) is merely a sum of its parts (neurons), it can be argued that other systems are likewise reducible to the sum of their constituent parts. Consequently, the hypothesis implicitly questions whether a system (organic as well as mechanical) can display properties that are not merely a sum of its elements, a statement which, pushed to extremes, would render disciplines such as psychology and sociology superflous if neurobiological advances were made.

 
 

Join our community and advance:

Your
Skills

Your
Network

Your
Career

 
Join our community!
 
 

User-contributed notes

Give us your opinion! Do you have any comments/additions
that you would like other visitors to see?

 
comment You (your email) say: Oct 25th, 2014
#1
Oct 25
Add a thoughtful commentary or note to this page ! 
 

will be spam-protected
How many?
= e.g. "6"
User ExperienceBy submitting you agree to the Site Terms