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While Jenson, a professor of Romance studies at Duke University, is amused by this faddishness, she has an altogether different kind of neuro-neologism to promote... the neurohumanities. So far, it’s a truly fledgling transdisciplinary enterprise, still trying to work out the best way to get itself off the ground. Preliminary objective: Bring the neurosciences and the humanities together, productively, and, in the process, give identifiable shape to a portion of the murky intellectual terrain that lies between the two proverbial “sides of campus.” Already, neuroscientists and humanists are tackling similar questions—by joining forces, they might vastly refine our understanding of the role that narrative plays in human cognition, for example, or offer new perspectives on the ways in which historiography organizes collective thought around past events, or explore with empirical precision the power of literature to represent consciousness. “We’re all making claims about the brain and its products,” says Jenson, “and, ideally, one participates fully in the pursuits of knowledge in one’s era.”