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  • Signatures of Consciousness: A Talk by Stanislas Dehaene

    by John Brockman from Edge "On October 17, Edge organized a Reality Club meeting at The Hotel Ritz in Paris to allow neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene to present his new theory on how consciousness arises in the brain to a group of Parisian scientists and thinkers. The theory, based on Dehaene's...
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  • Deciding How to Decide

    by Greg Boustead in Seed "It all started with Cheerios. Jonah Lehrer was once again standing in a supermarket aisle, crippled by the thought of which variety of whole-oat goodness to buy: honey nut or apple cinnamon. “It was an embarrassing waste of time,” he says, “and yet it happened to me all...
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  • Brain Damaged But Self-Aware

    By Greg Miller from Science "I think, therefore I am," pronounced the famed French philosopher René Descartes. What imbues us with this uniquely human sense of self-awareness? Some neuroscientists have pegged an area of the brain known as the insula, which helps us detect what's going on...
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  • Why You Can’t Help Believing Everything You Read

    Psyblog recently made a post about cognition and belief which could have interesting implications for the study of wisdom. " What is the mind's default position : are we naturally critical or naturally gullible? As a species do we have a tendency to behave like Agent Mulder from the X-Files...
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  • Minimally conscious patients can learn

    By Jessica Hamzelo | New Scientist "A mere glimmer of consciousness is all that's required to learn something new. Experiments inspired by Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov have revealed that some people who are "minimally conscious" can learn to associate a sound with a sensation....
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  • Freeing the Mind to Forget

    By Karen Hopkin | Scientific American "Some things are hard to remember. Others are hard to forget—especially things that are traumatic. But kids, it turns out, are better than adults at forgetting the bad stuff. Now scientists think they know why. According to an animal study in the September 4th...
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  • Mapping the Brain's Highways

    By Azeen Ghorahi " 'The human brain has been terra incognita for as long as we’ve known it,' says Olaf Sporns, a professor of neuroscience at Indiana University. In 2005, Sporns co-authored a paper attributing the large-scale shortcomings of comprehensive neuroscience research to a lack...
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  • You Know More than You Think

    By Jack Soll and Richard Larrick from Scientific American. "There is an old saying that two heads are better than one. This saying received empirical support in social psychology in the 1920s, when a series of studies showed that groups were more accurate than their individual members. In an early...
     Posted by: A. J. Stasic
  • Ants and Neurons

    Insect colonies offer insight into the mysterious conversations of neurons, illuminating how billions of individual brain cells work in concert to make a single decision... by Elizabeth Lindhardt in Seed Magazine. Read the article.
     Posted by: wattawa
  • 3 ways the brain creates meaning

    By Tom Wujec "Last year at TED we aimed to try to clarify the overwhelming complexity and richness that we experience at the conference in a project called the Big Viz. And the Big Viz is a collection of 650 sketches that were made by two visual artists. David Sibbet from The Grove, and Kevin Richards...
     Posted by: A. J. Stasic
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