Latest Ken Paller Stories

Researchers Advocate For More Scientific Research On Consciousness
2014-07-11 03:46:20

By Hilary Hurd Anyaso, Northwestern University Why does a relentless stream of subjective experiences normally fill your mind? Maybe that's just one of those mysteries that will always elude us. Yet, research from Northwestern University suggests that consciousness lies well within the realm of scientific inquiry -- as impossible as that may currently seem. Although scientists have yet to agree on an objective measure to index consciousness, progress has been made with this agenda in...

Rehearsing Memories During Sleep Helps You Remember More
2013-04-13 08:08:47

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A group of researchers at Northwestern University wondered, “why do some memories last a lifetime while others disappear quickly?” The new study, published in a recent issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests memories rehearsed, during sleeping or waking, can have an impact on memory consolidation and improve what is remembered later. When a memory has a high value -- for example, associated with making...

2009-11-19 19:44:02

Sounds can penetrate deep sleep and enhance associated memories upon waking They were in a deep sleep, yet sounds, such as a teakettle whistle and a cat's meow, somehow penetrated their slumber. The 25 sounds presented during the nap were reminders of earlier spatial learning, though the Northwestern University research participants were unaware of the sounds as they slept. Yet, upon waking, memory tests showed that spatial memories had changed. The participants were more accurate in dragging...

2009-02-13 21:20:42

U.S. researchers used precise electrophysiological evidence to show that gut feelings may sometimes not be guesswork, as many might suppose. Ken Paller, professor of psychology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., said that in a special recognition test, guesses turned out to be as accurate as, or more accurate than, when study participants thought they consciously remembered information. We may actually know more than we think we know in everyday situations, too, Paller said in a...

2009-02-09 07:33:25

You know the feeling. You make a decision you're certain is merely a "lucky guess." A new study from Northwestern University offers precise electrophysiological evidence that such decisions may sometimes not be guesswork after all. The research utilizes the latest brain-reading technology to point to the surprising accuracy of memories that can't be consciously accessed. During a special recognition test, guesses turned out to be as accurate or more accurate than when study participants...

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