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A Dual Mind Approach to Understanding the Conscious Self and Its Treatment

Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program, Department of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Belmont, MA 02478, USA
Academic Editor: James Sonne
NeuroSci 2021, 2(2), 224-234; https://doi.org/10.3390/neurosci2020016
Received: 24 May 2021 / Revised: 6 June 2021 / Accepted: 8 June 2021 / Published: 9 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Neuroanatomy of Consciousness and the Will)
In this paper I will address questions about will, agency, choice, consciousness, relevant brain regions, impacts of disorders, and their therapeutics, and I will do this by referring to my theory, Dual-brain Psychology, which posits that within most of us there exist two mental agencies with different experiences, wills, choices, and behaviors. Each of these agencies is associated as a trait with one brain hemisphere (either left or right) and its composite regions. One of these agencies is more adversely affected by past traumas, and is more immature and more symptomatic, while the other is more mature and healthier. The theory has extensive experimental support through 17 peer-reviewed publications with clinical and non-clinical research. I will discuss how this theory relates to the questions about the nature of agency and I will also discuss my published theory on the physical nature of subjective experience and its relation to the brain, and how that theory interacts with Dual-Brain Psychology, leading to further insights into our human nature and its betterment. View Full-Text
Keywords: consciousness; subjective experience; self; psychopathology; treatment; transcranial near infrared light; biophotomodulation consciousness; subjective experience; self; psychopathology; treatment; transcranial near infrared light; biophotomodulation
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