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2010-11-01 08:50:00

Typing test reveals key information about cognitive illusions New research published October 28 in the journal Science says people think about things they think they don't think about. Vanderbilt University psychologists Gordon Logan and Matthew Crump say when highly skilled people such as surgeons, carpenters, or pilots perform actions without thinking, those actions are highly controlled. The finding adds key information to a debate on whether people consciously perform actions in which...

2010-10-18 07:00:00

BERKELEY, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- On the spectrum of corporate rolls of the dice, altering an iconic logo representing a brand that has been a consumer favorite for generations is a high-risk proposition. The Gap is the latest company to confront that fact. What went awry with the Gap's recently-introduced logo? NeuroFocus, the world's leading neuromarketing company, went looking for the most accurate and reliable answers in the best place to find them: the deep subconscious level...

2010-10-14 00:54:18

What's on your computer's mind? Learning from competitors is a critically important form of learning for animals and humans. A new study has used brain imaging to reveal how people and animals learn from failure and success. The team from Bristol University led by Dr Paul Howard-Jones, Senior Lecturer in Education in the Graduate School of Education and Dr Rafal Bogacz, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, scanned the brains of players as they battled against an artificial...

2010-09-28 18:39:43

Bochum's philosophers develop new theory of self-deception Anyone who simply denies the facts is most certainly behaving unreasonably "“ aren't they? Bochum's philosophers Prof. Dr. Albert Newen and Christoph Michel expound that in some cases it may be useful to deceive yourself. The self-deception can be an important motivating factor and not entirely lacking reason. The reason may be locally restricted, however basic strategies of rational evaluation processes remain intact. The...

2010-09-22 12:58:00

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Science & Nonduality Conference in San Rafael, October 20-24 is a unique opportunity to explore various approaches to the relationship between the self and the universal. International presenters offer four days of conferences, panels, networking opportunities and experiential workshops that explore various aspects of nonduality. As part of this year's Science & Nonduality Conference, the Breema Center in Oakland, CA, is offering an...

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2010-09-17 13:00:00

Structure of prefrontal cortex helps humans think about one's own thinking A specific region of the brain appears to be larger in individuals who are good at turning their thoughts inward and reflecting upon their decisions, according to new research published in the journal Science. This act of introspection"”or "thinking about your thinking""”is a key aspect of human consciousness, though scientists have noted plenty of variation in peoples' abilities to introspect. The new...

2010-09-17 09:58:24

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ A specific region of the brain appears to be bigger in people who are good at tuning into their own thoughts and reflecting upon their decisions. Introspection, or "thinking about your thinking", is a key aspect of human consciousness, but scientists have already discovered differences in people's ability to introspect. The researchers along with Prof. Geraint Rees from University College London, suggests that the volume of gray matter in the anterior prefrontal...

2010-09-10 14:22:29

In our dynamic 3D world, we can encounter a familiar face from any angle and still recognize that face with ease, even if the person has, for example, changed his hair style. This is because our brain has used the 2D snapshots perceived by our eyes (like a camera) to build and store a 3D mental representation of the face, which is resilient to such changes. This is an automatic process that most of us are not consciously aware of, and which appears to be a challenge for people with a...

2010-08-16 07:00:00

BERKELEY, Calif., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The breakthrough discovery started with an ice cream cone on a hot summer day. As Dr. A. K. Pradeep recounts in his new book, The Buying Brain: Secrets for Selling to the Subconscious, a researcher in Professor Giancomo Rizzolati's neuroscience laboratory at the University of Parma in Italy was enjoying a frozen treat while a monkey sat nearby, connected to equipment that monitored his brainwave activity. Upon seeing the lab assistant enjoying the...

2010-07-28 13:02:50

You hear it all the time in museums and art galleries: "I don't know much about art, but I know what I like." As a corollary, neuroscience researchers at Baylor College of Medicine add that money, even if only tangentially related, can influence that opinion. On a more global platform, value judgments of this sort can be altered by such influences or favors, said Dr. P. Read Montague, professor of neuroscience at BCM and the senior author of a report evaluating the effect of a payment on art...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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