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The Neurobiology of Dread

As Edward Munch seemed to intuit, dread is its own kind of pain. The Value of Dread by Andreas Olsson Columbia University, New York, N.Y..

March 12, 2007 — David Dobbs

Closing the Racial Achievement Gap

Welcome to the fifth installment of Mind Matters Sciam.com's "seminar blog" on the sciences of mind and brain. Each week, top researchers describe their disciplines' most significant new findings -- and what they, as fellow researchers, find most exciting, maddening, significant, odd, or otherwise noteworthy in the research driving their fields...

February 20, 2007 — David Dobbs

Big Decision: Head or Gut? Hmm ...

This week's paper is On Making the Right Choice: The Deliberation-Without-Attention Effect by Ap Dijksterhuis, Maarten W. Bos, Loran F. Nordgren and Rick B.

February 3, 2007 — David Dobbs

Through the Grid, a Window on Cognition

by A. David Redish, Ph.D. University of Minnesota Commentary on Microstructure of a spatial map in the entorhinal cortex," by Torkel Hafting, Marianne Fyhn, Sturla Molden, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I...

January 23, 2007 — David Dobbs

The Organic Automaton

When will computers become living, sentient beings? In movies, it is commonly depicted as an abrupt, unforeseen epiphany. Ray Kurzweil has predicted (in our pages and elsewhere) that personal computers will be able to run real-time, full-up simulations of the human brain by the 2020s...

August 17, 2006 — George Musser

Doomsday: Not As Much Fun As You'd Think

Why is doomsday so fun to think about? Maybe it fulfills the same role as the frontier once did: to allow us to envision a new world that we can shape from scratch.

August 4, 2006 — George Musser

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