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Wednesday, June 30, 2010


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Monday, June 28, 2010

  • What kind of brain is the Web giving us? That question will no doubt be the subject of a great deal of research in the years ahead. Already, though, there is much we know or can surmise?and the news is quite disturbing. Dozens of studies by psychologists, neurobiologists, and educators point to the same conclusion: When we go online, we enter an environment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, and superficial learning. Even as the Internet grants us easy access to vast amounts of information, it is turning us into shallower thinkers, literally changing the structure of our brain.

    tags: brain, web, carr, grue


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Friday, June 25, 2010

  • ...the transition to addiction could result from a persistent impairment of synaptic plasticity in a key structure of the brain.

    tags: addiction, plasticity, brain, grue

  • In a new paper, ?Incidental Haptic Sensations Influence Social Judgments and Decisions,? published this week in the journal Science, Ackerman and his co-authors, Christopher Nocera of Harvard and John Bargh of Yale, describe the results of six studies showing a variety of ways that tactile sensations can affect decision-making. From workplace judgments to financial decisions, they write, ?haptically acquired information exerts a rather broad influence over cognition, in ways of which we are probably often unaware.?

    tags: embodiment, embodied-cognition, mind, grue


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

  • Chimpanzees are highly intelligent animals, capable of great acts of empathy, technological sophistication, culture and cooperation. But they can also be murderers. Groups of chimps, mostly male, will mount lengthy aggressive campaigns against individuals from other groups, attacking them en masse and beating them to death. Their reasons for such killings have long been a source of debate among zoologists, but the aftermath of the Ngogo murders reveals an important clue. After the chimps picked off their neighbours, they eventually took over their territory. It seems that chimps kill for land.

    tags: chimpanzees, primates, grue, morality


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Sunday, June 20, 2010

  • The brain is active during sleep It has been known that sleep plays an important role in learning in humans and other mammals. In songbirds it had been shown previously that during sleep the brain has the same pattern of activity as during singing the day before. The present findings show that the more young songbirds have learned from their father's song, the more active their brain is during subsequent sleep.

    tags: sleep, learn, brain, grue


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Saturday, June 19, 2010


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Friday, June 18, 2010

  • tags: psychopathy, neuroethics, grue

    • Psychopaths are characterized by their lack of guilt and remorse and also often display antisocial behavior and have poor behavioral control
  • It should come as no surprise that we don?t notice everything that we see. We all experience this on a regular basis ? there is a great deal of visual information in our field of view but we only pay attention to a small fraction of it. Yet at the same time something within our vision can capture our attention if it flashes, moves, or otherwise changes dramatically enough. Interestingly, despite our common and frequent experience with the limitations of our own visual attention, people tend to have overconfidence in their ability to notice details and are often surprised when an important detail goes unnoticed.

    tags: change-blindness, perception, grue


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Thursday, June 17, 2010


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Tuesday, June 15, 2010


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Monday, June 14, 2010

  • AM I awake or am I dreaming?" I ask myself for probably the hundredth time. I am fully awake, just like all the other times I asked, and to be honest I am beginning to feel a bit silly. All week I have been performing this "reality check" in the hope that it will become so ingrained in my mind that I will start asking it in my dreams too.

    tags: dream, mind, brain, grue


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Monday, June 07, 2010


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