Neural correlates of the multisensory film experience

Luis Rocha Antunes

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This chapter explores how the intersection between Buddhism and neuroscience is presented for a Buddhist audience specifically, a Western Buddhist audience in popular Buddhist magazines like The Shambhala Sun, Tricycle, and Buddhadharma. The problem is that in the “collaboration” represented between Buddhism and neuroscience in these magazines, only one voice is accorded the cultural authority to make factual pronouncements in the West; only one mode of observation is given the privilege to contribute to knowledge rather than serving as an interesting object of study. The “neuroessentialism” found in some neuroscholarship is only amplified in science journalism, which has often been critiqued for exaggerating the certainty of primary research. While scientific knowledge about the brain may be altered in the sense that it is revised or expanded, the scientific methods and epistemology used to generate that knowledge remain intact. However, as Heuman argues, it seems that Buddhist methods and epistemology do not remain intact, particularly for a Western audience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeuroscience and Media
Subtitle of host publicationNew Understandings and Representations
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781317608486
ISBN (Print)9781138811508
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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