Blog Posts (22)
February 7, 2013
This year’s first issue of
AJOB Neuroscience includes:
COGNITIVE ENHANCEMENT AND EMOTION
RECONSIDERING DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION
MINIMALLY CONSCIOUS AND END-OF-LIFE CARE…
January 3, 2013
What’s catching your eye when you browse the web? On the highly crowded information highway of the Web, any web page only has a few seconds to attract attention. But how do you know what grabs people’s attention? Doing an eye-tracking exper...
January 3, 2013
I teach a course on consumer irrationality and market failure at the Fuqua School of Business. I open up one of my lectures with a brief video demonstration of what psychologists call “the McGurk effect.” (See an example here.) In the video, a ma...
January 2, 2013
Sample analysis of visual magnetism in an advertisement from Olay. Warmer colours denote more magnetic parts of the image, and are more likely to attract attention.
In an ever increasingly complex and crowded visual environment, what do we actually pay...
October 28, 2011
The issue that lurks right over the horizon of possibility is whether increasing complexification in generatively encoded “intelligent machines” could instantiate some form of consciousness. I argue that the most probable answer is “yesR...
October 18, 2011
Professional soccer teams (football to the rest of the world) are using high-powered science to give them a competitive edge. The most recent venture into the world of professional sport and science involves an “unnamed Premier League club” [that] has commissioned Yale University scientists to genetically test its players and attempt to identify genetic indicators that can serve as a warning sign to whether an athlete is prone to injury.” According to Bleacher Report, scientists claim that there are more than 100 genetic factors linked to being prone to injury.…
October 12, 2011
Could robotic systems create environments and bodies for themselves? To answer these questions, let’s start with something simple (and most probable), and then open our discussion to include a somewhat more sublime, and more futuristic vision. Le...
September 21, 2011
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Lakshmi Sandhana as she was preparing her article, “Darwin’s Robots” that appeared in last week’s New Scientist. Lakshmi specifically addresses the work of Jeffrey Clune, of the HyperNEAT Project of C...
August 9, 2011
The employment of basic neuroscientific research (what are known in government parlance as “6.1 Level” studies) in translational development (so-called “6.2 Level” work) and test and evaluation applications (“6.3 Level” uses) is not always ...
August 1, 2011
Neuro – see below
Lalia – from the Latin, lallare – to sing “la la,” the use of language
It was with great interest that I read Deric Bownds’ recent MindBlog re-post about representation of inner lives, and his curre...
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May 16, 2013 5:44 pm
For people who aren’t so good at math, a mild form of brain stimulation may improve your proficiency.
March 12, 2013 3:36 pm
Legal and medical experts are questioning the decision of a judge in Colorado to allow James Holmes, the suspected gunman in the Aurora cinema shooting, to be tested with a “truth serum” should he plead not guilty by reason of insanity.
February 15, 2013 11:56 am
Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (DBS) offers benefits earlier in the course of Parkinson’s disease (PD), before the appearance of severe disabling motor complications, according to results of a randomized controlled trial.
February 4, 2013 1:13 pm
Neuroscientists are working toward a common goal: to increase the understanding of brain function in a way that not only opens new avenues of prevention, diagnosis and treatment for illnesses but also provides insights into the self.
November 26, 2012 5:39 pm
Whether you are an apple tree or an antelope, survival depends on using your energy efficiently. In a difficult or dangerous situation, the key question is whether exerting effort — sending out roots in search of nutrients in a drought or running at top speed from a predator — will be worth the energy.
November 8, 2012 6:12 pm
Performance-boosting drugs, powered prostheses and wearable computers are coming to an office near you — but experts warned in a new report Wednesday that too little thought has been given to the implications of a superhuman workplace.
November 2, 2012 6:32 pm
Children who take drugs to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not at increased risk for serious heart problems, according to a new review that confirms previous findings.
November 1, 2012 4:40 pm
A family in Pueblo is remembering the life of a little boy was considered a medical miracle. Nickolas Coke has died. He’s the three year old was born without a brain. Nickolas had anencephaly, meaning he was only born with a brain stem. Most babies with that condition are still born or die shortly after birth. But Nicholas lived a remarkable life.
October 29, 2012 4:55 pm
Tibetan monk and molecular geneticist Matthieu Ricard is the happiest man in the world according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin. The 66-year-old’s brain produces a level of gamma waves – those linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory – never before reported in neuroscience.
October 25, 2012 4:52 pm
Genetics researchers at the University of Adelaide have solved a 40-year mystery for a family beset by a rare intellectual disability - and they’ve discovered something new about the causes of intellectual disability in the process.
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