What Is the Seat of Mind?

Timothy McAdooby Timothy McAdoo

Is your mind inside your skull? When you’re thinking, do you “feel” or “hear” the thoughts inside your head? These questions may seem to have obvious answers, but the seat of mind, as defined by the APA Dictionary of Psychology, has been, and still is, a matter of debate:

girl-thinking-1200seat of mind: the proposed place or organ in the body that serves as the physical location of the mind (or, in cartesian dualism, the location in the body where mind and body interact; see conarium). In current thinking, the brain is the seat of the mind; historically, other organs have been proposed, such as the heart. Some theories suggest that the mind (or the spirit) is diffused throughout the body.

In fact, in their new book, Transcendent Mind: Rethinking the Science of Consciousness, Drs. Imants Barušs and Julia Mossbridge argue that consciousness may not be from one’s brain.

What do you think? Or, perhaps I should ask, where do you think you think?


Barušs, I., & Mossbridge, J. (2016). Transcendent mind: Rethinking the science of consciousness. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

VandenBos, G. R. (Ed.). (2015). APA dictionary of psychology (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

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