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Blogging on the Brain: 6/26

The best from recent cognitive/brain blogs: Suspect someone’s lying to you? Ask for the story in reverse order. Psyblog also has some suggestions. A sober look at mind-reading fMRI pattern classification techniques over at Mind Hacks. Nabokovian reviews a new computational model of short term memory, using a recurrent network. What’s all the hooplah about…

Blogging on the Brain: 6/08

Recent highlights from the best in brain blogging: “Brain training” games that are actually fun! Also check out the Lumosity blog. It seems like they understand the reward structure of good games. Tonal similarities between music and language. Genetic differences between speakers of tonal and non-tonal languages – critique at the excellent Language Log, including…

Blogging on the Brain: 5/25

Highlights from recent brain blogging: First, a new edition of Encephalon. Physicalism and Panpsychism – a book review by Jerry Fodor. Looks like a pretty nice book… And here, Fodor explains mental representation to his aunt. Silicon smackdown – an article in the June Scientific American talks about new algorithms for playing the ancient board…

Blogging on the Brain 5/18

Recent highlights from the best in brain blogging: Who knew? These videos will tell you how the mind works (supposedly). The origins of the old myth that we use only 10% of our “brain power”. A woman awakens from a coma with a reversed sense of directionality. Restoring sight in the blind with lateral geniculate…

Blogging on the Brain: 4/18

What better way to start out than some cool visual illusions known as hybrid images. It’s a short jump from visual illusions to mass delusions. Is the benefit of exercise a similar mass delusion, a kind of population-level placebo effect? How do we turn perception into action? It may involve binding between the brain’s dorsal…

Blogging on the Brain: 3/29

Recent highlights from the best in brain-blogging: Is our sense of morality localized to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex? More reasons for caution when beginning sentences with the phrase; “Only humans are cognitively capable of …….” Are wild monkeys in a stone-age of their own? Spatial memory in single-celled organisms.

Blogging on the Brain: 3/10

Recent highlights from the best in brain blogging: Online experiments at the Harvard Visual Cognition Lab! Less invasive brain-computer interfacing, for video games. Brain-computer interface implants: videos. A new weapon in the Israeli arsenal: the VIPER robot. The current state of the art in robotics, as reviewed by Cognitive Daily. Guiding pigeons with remote controls.…

Blogging on the Brain 2/24/07

The story of a patient who awoke after a 20-year coma, induced by traumatic brain injury. Epidemic proportions of TBI in soldiers returning from Iraq: a new problem. Second chance to live: a new blog written by a TBI survivor.

Encephalon 16 at MindHacks

Check out the latest issue of Encephalon at MindHacks – covering topics like sleep research, decision making, music perception, and the cognitive processing of time. Nice job Vaughan!

Blogging on the Brain: 02/03

My favorites from the last two weeks in brain blogging: First off, a new blog: Robots Will Take Over! Neural networks in silicon, and progress in brain-computer interfaces. Lifestyle improvements, brought to you by your friends at DARPA Is machine learning really any different from statistics? (One of my pet peeves, incidentally). A critical view…