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Simone Shane's picture

Just another member of the band

Both Sophie and Skye's comments got me thinking about the I-function's role in the "conductorless symphony"of neuronal output. Indeed, the I-function often feels like a conductor when it engages in what Sophie calls "self-talk" in instances such as when one tells oneself to relax in order to deactivate the sympathetic nervous system. But is the I-function conducting or just sending merely another message, say, the feedback of discontent and desire for physiological change? Indeed, this message does not always work (as I'm sure we all know), which leads me to believe that it is not a conductor. Moreover, it seems like even the I-function is subject to feedback from other stronger signals that may be saying "too bad, this is what we have to do right now."

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