7/14/2006

Blogging on the Brain: 5/27 to 7/14

MIT Tech Review has an interview with the ever-controversial figure Marvin Minsky, who is perhaps best known for his book "Perceptrons" (with Seymour Papert), or maybe for killing neural net research for 20 years ... or maybe for the invention of "Logo," or maybe for thinking of the plot of Jurassic Park, or maybe... just read the interview.

Psychology press has just unveiled a new cognitive neuroscience site, full of associated web resources.

Mixing Memory looks at a fascinating study of the game "chicken" - and the implications it has for theory of mind.

MindHacks has an interview with Sherry Turkle, author of "Life on the Screen," one of the most influential tracts on how computing technology affects our minds. The same blog also covered a fascinating article in the NYT about persistent déjà vécu - which, in contrast to deja vu, refers to having an immersive (as opposed to merely visual) feeling of having "lived through" an experience before.

Neurodudes mentions a series of presentations at the IBM Almaden research center on "cognitive computing," after an earlier post on the brain regions responsible for value prediction, in the context of gambling.

John Hawks excellent blog covers the computational geometry of music and the implications for the neuroscience of musical experience. John Hawks also covers recent work from Cambridge on how meerkats teach their young, a behavior not often observed in the wild.

Neurophile covers the neuroscience of various psychedelics (with fascinating comments, too), perhaps in response to another hot topic in the blogosphere this week: psilocybin and mystical experience.

The Neurophilosopher earmarked a new Grossberg paper that purports to explain autism. Should be interesting reading...

Mindblog covers a recent paper in the Journal of Neuroscience that dissociates the representations of future and previous goals in prefrontal cortex.

Finally, BrainTechSci asks whether "mirror neurons" have hogged too much of the limelight.

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