Moushumi Nath
PhD Integrated Program in Neuroscience
BLUE Fellow
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Winter
2023
Establishing a concept of the self: from neurons to coming-of-age narratives, ego dissolution to end-of-life transitions
BLUE Fellow
Winter
2023

Background

What is the self? I am interested in gaining insight into the self by examining processes of buildup, contrasts, and breakdown. First, can developmental mechanisms underlying a neuron's ability to recognize itself and avoid itself in order to form synaptic connections with other neurons provide a framework for how a psychological concept of self may develop? Second, how do coming-of-age narratives differ in cultures of self versus non-self, the latter being inspired by Buddhist philosophy? Third, how does the self change following drug-induced phenomena of ego dissolution and in end-of-life transitions? The goal of my project would be to establish a simplified concept of the self, with factors that capture the dimensions between self and nonself. This goal is explored in the ambiguous environment on the existence of the self itself.

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