Developing Intelligence

Archives for December, 2006

While subjects are generally faster to respond to a stimulus if it is presented at a previously “cued” location, they are paradoxically slower to respond if the spatial “cue” occurred more than 300 ms beforehand. This strange phenomenon is known as inhibition of return (IOR), and is thought to result from the reflexive “suppression” of…

Enhancement of Working Memory

“Working memory” refers to the cognitive processes involved in temporarily storing & manipulating information. Unsurprisingly, this capacity is correlated with many measures of intelligence, but (somewhat more surprisingly) is also impaired in a variety of neurological disorders, including schizophrenia. In a recent Psychopharmacology article, Deanna Barch reviewed studies demonstrating drug-induced improvements in working memory with…

“Hello, My Name Is…”

It looks like I’ll be joining the bunch here at ScienceBlogs, so I thought I’d introduce myself. This blog is dedicated to tracking the development of intelligence in both natural and artificial systems. This means looking at intelligence, what it means, and how it emerges over time in humans, monkeys, dolphins, chatbots, and neural network…