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A kaleidoscope of emotions unfolds as I watch this video of BigDog, the four-legged pack robot. According to Boston Dynamics, the robotics company that's been developing the system since 2006, BigDog clocks in at four miles-per-hour, carries a load of 340 pounds and can scale a 35-degree incline.
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The Neural Substrate of Trust and Reputation Management
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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.
Arizona State University It has become commonplace in neuroscience - and even in everyday conversation - to compare human cognition to that of computers.
At Scientific American, we don't just make science media; we're also, of necessity and by choice, avid consumers of it. We sit around making catty comments about Wired Science the way most people dissect celebrity outfits at the Oscars.
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.
A Neural Correlate for Social Class
Rutgers University Membership in a high social class is thought to contribute to good mental well-being and physical health.
The source of many of the world's woes might be tracked to a specific brain area responsible for identifying people that are not of our ilk.
Are you a Giants fan? Are you feeling good today? It could be the testosterone boost you got from vicariously participating in the Giants' miraculous late-game win in Sunday's Super Bowl.
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