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Autism, the Cingulate and Social Interactions

_____________________ The Neural Substrate of Trust and Reputation Management Chris and Uta Frith
University College London When Leo Kanner first diagnosed a group of 11 children as autistic in 1943, he described the syndrome as one of "extreme aloneness." ("Aut" is greek for "self," and autism translates as "the state of being unto one's self.") The syndrome afflicts 1 in every 160 individuals, and it leaves them emotionally isolated, incapable of engaging in many of the social interactions that most of us take for granted.

March 11, 2008 — Mind Matters

Thinking With the Body

_____________________ Emodied Cognition Art Glenberg
Arizona State University It has become commonplace in neuroscience - and even in everyday conversation - to compare human cognition to that of computers.

March 3, 2008 — Mind Matters

Are Chimps More Rational than Humans?

Before we get to this week's post, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jonah Lehrer and I'm the new editor/curator of Mind Matters, taking over from David Dobbs, who did such a wonderful job developing this site and getting it off the ground.

February 26, 2008 — Mind Matters

For the Pentagon, it's easy being green

The U.S. Navy has successfully shot down NROL 21 (aka USA 193), the crippled and covert National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) satellite. (See SciAm's slide show here.) Whereas skepticism was voiced by some, the mainstream media outside of the science and technology press largely went along with the U.S.

February 21, 2008 — Michael J. Battaglia

Lunar eclipse: tonight!

It's not quite the worldwide phenomenon of last March, but a partial eclipse hits the U.S. east coast at 8:43 PM tonight and proceeds to totality at 10:01 PM.

February 20, 2008 — David Biello

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