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Recognizing the Familiar

_____________________ Is Familiarity Different Than Remembering? Brock Kirwan
UCSD Have you ever had the experience of seeing someone in the grocery store that you know you've already met, but you can't quite remember where or when you met them?...

April 1, 2008 — Mind Matters

The Power of Power Naps

_____________________ Tired? Take A Nap Jessica Payne and Matthew Walker
Harvard University and University of California at Berkeley Sleep is such a fundamental biological drive that it's shared by practically every species, from fruit flies to humans...

March 25, 2008 — Mind Matters

Intriguing books found around the Sci Am office, part one: murder

A Cultural History of Causality: Science, Murder Novels, and Systems of Thought By Stephen Kern From Google Books: This pioneering work is the first to trace how our understanding of the causes of human behavior has changed radically over the course of European and American cultural history since 1830...

March 21, 2008 — JR Minkel

Military robot dog cannot be knocked down

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...

March 21, 2008 — JR Minkel

The Reading Brain

_____________________ Routes to Reading Maryanne Wolf, Mirit Barzillai, and Elizabeth Norton
Tufts University Reading changed the course of intellectual development in our species...

March 18, 2008 — Mind Matters

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

The Stress of Poverty Changes the Brain

_____________________ A Neural Correlate for Social Class Mauricio Delgado
Rutgers University Membership in a high social class is thought to contribute to good mental well-being and physical health...

February 19, 2008 — Mind Matters

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