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MIT neuroscientists show that a gene linked with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder impairs early brain development.

Neuroscience challenges old ideas about Free Will

Neuroscience challenges old ideas about Free Will

What neuroscience has been showing us, however,is that it all works differently than how we feel it must work. For instance,neuroscientific experiments indicate that human decisions for action are made before the individual is consciously aware of them. Instead of this finding answering the age-old question of whether the brain decides before the mind decides,it makes us wonder if that is even the way to think about how the brain works. Research is focused on many aspects of decision making and actions,such as where in the brain decisions to act are formed and executed,how a bunch of interacting neurons becomes a moral agent,and even how one’s beliefs about whether they have free will affect their actions. The list of issues where neuroscience will weigh in is endless.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=free-will-and-the-brain-michael-gazzaniga-interview

Mimicking the brain — in silicon: New computer chip models how neurons communicate with each other at synapses

Mimicking the brain — in silicon: New computer chip models how neurons communicate with each other at synapses
For decades, scientists have dreamed of building computer systems that could replicate the human brain's talent for learning new tasks. Researchers have now taken a major step toward that goal by desi…

Neuroscience Stories

Neuroscience stories – io9
Man with schizophrenia has out-of-body experience in lab, gains knowledge, controls his psychosis. Why do people pee when they’re frightened?. Lucid dreamers bring us a step closer to “dream …

A Brief Guide to Embodied Cognition: Why You Are Not Your Brain You

A Brief Guide to Embodied Cognition: Why You Are Not Your Brain You ≠ Your Brain

Scientists and philosophers alike have begun to realize that our theories of the mind fail to account for how we talk about the world. The metaphors we use to describe our surroundings do not come from a purely mathematical or rational dissection of phenomenon. Rather, the way we each experience the world informs how we think about it. From an early age, for example, we associate warmth with security—the warmth of mother, warm milk, a warm blanket, etc.—so we describe things we trust as being warm, e.g. "I'm beginning to warm to him/her".

Descartes' dualism fell recently to the computational theory of the mind which viewed the brain as a rational calculating machine. It owed much of its impact to our understanding of computers and how our mind seemed to order the world by a similar process. But more and more we realize that personal experiences, shared across communities, also influence how we view and describe the world. For example, participants in scientific studies often lean forward when they think of the future, thus we associate the future with something 'forward'.

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MRI All Set to Eradicate the Lie Detector and Dream Journal Markets

MRI All Set to Eradicate the Lie Detector and Dream Journal Markets | anthrobotic
With sophisticated enough models, I suppose we could wake up and review that moment of unconscious inspiration we can only vaguely recall by mid-morning. And put it up on YouTube.

The Biological Reason You Have Too Many Facebook Friends

The Biological Reason You Have Too Many Facebook Friends
So many people think that the more Facebook friends they have, the better. Wrong! In an excerpt from his just released book You Are Not So Smart David McRaney explains "Dunbar's Number" and why trying…

TechCrunch | Video: Amazing Mini Humanoid Rides Bicycle

#ai #robots #tech #judgmentDayTechCrunch | Video: Amazing Mini Humanoid Rides Bicycle
We've shown you robots completing various tasks in the past, but this new model, a small hobby humanoid, can ride a bicycle like a human being. It's not the first of its kind (Murata's robot and Panas…

Dreams read by brain scanner for the first time

Dreams read by brain scanner for the first time – life – 27 October 2011 – New Scientist
With the help of six rare lucid dreamers, scanners have shown that brain activity when dreaming an action is similar to that of imagining it

Drug hallucinations look real in the brain

Drug hallucinations look real in the brain – life – 28 October 2011 – New Scientist
Brain scans suggest that the visions induced by an Amazonian shamans' brew may be as real as anything the eyes actually see

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