석봉수

2011. 02 ~ 2011. 05

소속: McGill University

관심 연구 분야: Brain and Cognitive Science

“I had a great interest in human nature, and that I used to love studying and meditating upon the philosophies of Confucius. I often asked myself what causes conflicts and how we can build a harmonious society similar to the one proposed by Confucius. Most philosophers want to develop an ideological view of society, but their claims are too intangible to be accomplished. Therefore, I want to find a way to approach this idealism through neuroscience which is based on solid facts and evidence.

By studying neuroscience I can explore the field of my interest in greater depth. In an orchestra, there are many musical instruments which create their own unique sounds. However, these different instruments harmonize to form a beautiful and deeper sound without any disturbance and interference. Similar to the musical instruments, the different perspectives of individuals due to their race, culture, and historical background cause dissonance in our society. But, in contrast with society, the orchestra has a conductor who understands each of the instruments’ unique sounds. The conductor can thereby organize the beautiful sound of the entire orchestra by knowing the proper part of each instrument at the proper place in the score. I want to be a conductor in our society. By studying Cognitive/Behavioral Neuroscience, I want to observe how neural structures affect people’s personalities, specialties, and behaviors. Through these observations, I can understand the different perspectives of individuals and nurture their aptitudes. Therefore, this will allow me to be an intermediary between the scientific world and everyone else; an ambassador, a conductor, a neuroscientist for society. “