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An astonishing recent discovery in computational neuroscience is the relationship between dopamine and the “temporal differences” reinforcement learning algorithm (which Jake describes wonderfully here, and I’ve described in a little more detail here). The essential principle is that the difference between expected and received reward can be used to drive learning, and that this abstract…

Synaesthesia refers to the phenomenon where certain perceptual stimuli induce an unrelated and illusory perception – for example, a digit-color synaesthete may experience a sensation of the color green whenever exposed to the number 3. The relationships between the inducers and the induced synaesthetic experience are widely considered random; one anecodotal explanation is that letter-color…

“Priming” refers to a pervasive phenomenon in which the repetition of a particular stimulus, response, or thought process facilitates its subsequent use. Might this phenomenon extend to more “executive” capacities as well?