Cognition

Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?

<b>Imagine that at some</b> time in the not-too-distant future, you’ve bought a smartphone that comes bundled with a personal digital assistant (PDA) living …

Neurophilosophy

The NHMRC program grant overhaul: will it change the medical research landscape in Australia?

Medical research in Australia is facing some unprecedented challenges. Investment in the National and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has been flat …

Neurophilosophy

Neuroscientist Christof Koch How the “Qualia” of Our Experience Illuminate the Central Mystery of Consciousness

“Informationally speaking, the experience of being sad is a crystal, a fantastically complex shape in a space of a trillion dimensions that is qualitatively different from the brain state that gives rise to sadness.”<p><i>“I wish you could know what it means to be me,”</i> Nina Simone sang in her 1967 civil …

Consciousness

The Attention Paradox: Winning By Slowing Down

"<p>Let's consider the work cycle of Jing - a hypothetical manager based in a typical multinational business. She gets out of bed at 6:30am and, like four in five of us, checks her smartphone within 15 minutes of waking. She makes herself breakfast and spends half-an-hour scanning her phone and …

Time Management

Missing the Point

Dogs are talented observers of human body language. Dog folks attest to this via boatloads of anecdotal stories and home videos that we are happy to …

Dogs

I Am Lying | Miranda Doyle

What is the first lie? Often so much is grafted to deceit in the telling, that afterwards the layers are difficult to unpick. So let’s start with a …

Great Books

Deploy Cognitive Toolkit model to Azure Web Apps

Azure offers several ways of deploying a deep-learning model including Windows Web App, Linux Web App, and Azure Container Services. For those less …

Python Programming

How to Instantly Reduce Stress, According to Science

It's your brain that's creating the stress so your brain can also reduce or even eliminate it.<p>Contrary to popular belief, stress is not an automatic reaction to situations that most people find stressful. Stress is the result of how your brain interprets a situation rather than the situation itself.<p>…

Emotions

Do You See What I See? Visual Perception May Depend on Environment and Birthplace

<i>Summary: A new study reveals the ability to perceive differences between similar images may depend on the cultural background of the person …

Neurophilosophy

Cognitive Bias and Paw Preference in the Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris). - PubMed

Limb use, an indicator of hemispheric functioning, may be a useful predictor of cognitive bias and hence vulnerability to welfare risk. The …

Behavior

IBM and Galvanize Launch Cognitive Curriculum for Data Scientists

Mar 21, 2017<p>IBM and Galvanize announced yesterday new cognitive, cloud and data science training initiatives on IBM Cloud, which will aim to increase …

Big Data

The Moral Importance of Understanding Consciousness - Facts So Romantic

Debating whether other beings are conscious can sometimes feel like an unimportant academic exercise. But it’s not. The conclusion we reach …

Consciousness

How to Imagine Consciousness

In response to:<p><i>Is Consciousness an Illusion?</i> from the March 9, 2017 issue<p><i>To the Editors</i>:<p>Thomas Nagel’s review of <i>From Bacteria to Bach and Back</i> [<i>NYR</i>, …

Neurophilosophy

The Best Resources For Learning About Cognitive Bias

I’ve previously written about how teachers’ implicit bias (and “explicit” bias) can impact the classroom (see We Should Be Obsessed With Racial …

Behavior

Newly Discovered Brain Network Offers Clues to Social Cognition

Researchers discover brain areas in primates exclusively dedicated to analyzing social interactions.The post Newly Discovered Brain Network Offers …

Neurophilosophy

The Road to 2020, Part III: Transforming Your Enterprise With Cognitive Security

<i>This is the final installment in a three-part series. Be sure to read part 1 for the more information on unified endpoint management (UEM) and</i> <i>part 2</i></i> …

Cognitive Computing

Consciousness is not a thing, but a process of inference – Karl Friston

I have a confession. As a physicist and psychiatrist, I find it difficult to engage with conversations about consciousness. My biggest gripe is that …

Neurophilosophy

Cognitive scientist explains why perceiving a false reality is beneficial

There are many wrong ways to sense the world around you, and one of them is the best way to ensure your survival. Amanda Gefter of <i>Quanta Magazine</i> …

Consciousness

The Secret to Smart Negotiations Is Simply Empathy

Many people, when they hear about hostage negotiation, shake their heads and say, “Why don’t they just shoot the guy?” But they don’t know the stats. …

Neurophilosophy

Halle Berry Looks Better Naked At 50 Than I Ever Have

Halle Berry is beautiful—this is not news. Nor should it really be news that she is “still” beautiful at 50 because, as a feminist, I think the idea …

Halle Berry

Confessions of an Anxious Meditator

• 1<p>Not long after I started meditating, I was persuaded to spend a whole day at it. Let’s just say it wasn’t exactly easy. I soon felt trapped in my …

Happiness

Data sharing can offer help in science's reproducibility crisis

The decrease in the number of studies reproduced by other scientists has been termed "the reproducibility crisis." Reproducibility is a key step of …

Research

U. of I. cancels talk by Nobel laureate after faculty raises concerns about his views on race, intelligence

The University of Illinois has cancelled plans to host a talk by Nobel Laureate James Watson after faculty raised concerns about his discredited views on race and intelligence.<p>Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology director Gene Robinson tells The News-Gazette the center dropped plans to host the …

Neurophilosophy

Exercises in Cognitive Dissonance - The Big Picture

Yesterday, we looked at the question so many investors seem to have about President Trump. I tried to show why giving in to your assumptions and …

Cognitive Science

MS Patients Show Big Improvement with BrainHQ Cognitive Training Program, NYU Study Finds

The online BrainHQ adaptive training program developed by Posit Science is better than any computer game at helping multiple sclerosis (MS) patients …

The Brain

40 Million Americans Suffer From Anxiety Disorders—A New Book Explores Why

andrea-petersen-on-edge-book-anxiety-disorder-mental-health-emerging-research<p>Andrea Petersen was halfway through her sophomore year at the University of Michigan when she found herself plagued by a mysterious avalanche of symptoms: racing pulse, unshakeable vertigo, her feet and face tingling. “I …

Beauty

Harvard Psychologist Says ADHD Doesn't Exist, Local Therapists React

SPRINGDALE, Ark. - - A world-renowned Psychologist and Professor at Harvard University claims A.D.H.D. is an "invention..." and doesn't actually …

ADHD

If You Are Anxious Because What You Want Differs from What You Need, Follow These Steps

Have you ever felt torn between two strong ideals? For instance, let’s say that you’re doing well on your diet, sticking to your goals and staying on …

Psychology

Why Panic Attack Medication May Not Be Your Only Alternative

When somebody uses the term “having a panic attack” in jest, the reaction is usually one of amusement from those in receipt of the comment. The …

Anxiety

Commentary: Starting school later is key to solving sleep problem faced by Singapore students

The move by Nanyang Girls' High to start school later helps adolescents get appropriate rest, argue Duke-NUS Medical School experts involved in the …

Education