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The Human Connectome Project - Relating Brain Circuits to Behavior: David Van Essen at TEDxCaltech

David C. Van Essen is the Alumni Endowed Professor in the Anatomy & Neurobiology Department at Washington University in St. Louis. He has pioneered the use o...
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"Les technologies ne modifieront pas l'espèce humaine"

"Les technologies ne modifieront pas l'espèce humaine" | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
Henri Atlan est d’abord un grand chercheur dans le domaine de la biologie médicale, où il a contribué en particulier à renouveler profondément l’approche...

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The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his product through stories instead of benefits and bullet points, sign-ups went through the roof.

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The Moral Brain - BrainFacts.org

The Moral Brain - BrainFacts.org | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
Scientists don’t claim to know how people determine right from wrong. However, they can study how the brain responds when an individual judges another’s actions.
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"The findings illustrate how individual differences in biology might influence the way people view, and respond to, the actions of others."

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How does Virtual-reality Therapy for PTSD work?: Scientific American

How does Virtual-reality Therapy for PTSD work?: Scientific American | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
How does virtual-reality therapy for PTSD work?

Robert N.
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The jury is still out as to whether virtual reality is superior to other forms of therapy for PTSD. Several studies have demonstrated that symptoms improve after virtual-reality exposure, and at least one study, which used functional MRI, indicated that the therapy tends to restore patients' brain activity to more normal patterns. No treatment works for everyone, however.

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Daniel Goleman Explains Emotional Intelligence

Psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman is the author of "Working With Emotional Intelligence". Goleman believes that I.Q. is not longer as valued as it o...

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CECI Jean-François's curator insight, November 23, 2013 9:44 AM

Parmi les souhaits des entreprises concernant les capacités recherchées figurent essentiellement des aptitudes liées à l'intelligence emmotionnelle ! Edifiant...

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Conférence vidéo - LES NEURONES DE LA LECTURE PAR STANISLAS DEHAENE

Conférence vidéo - LES NEURONES DE LA LECTURE PAR STANISLAS DEHAENE | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it

Stanislas Dehaene se propose ici d'aborder le processus de lecture sous l'angle des neurosciences. Une telle approche permet d'éclairer d'un jour nouveau cette activité propre à l'homme, que la plupart des adultes accomplissent le plus naturellement du monde, et dont l'apprentissage est crucial.


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Gilles Le Page's curator insight, November 20, 2013 10:44 AM

Le thème est essentiel pour l'écriture web mais aussi pour la pédagogie.

Le bouquin m'a passionné.

Cette conférence donne vraiment envie de le lire.

Gilles Le Page's curator insight, November 20, 2013 10:45 AM

conférence et livre sont passionnants

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Paul Ricoeur (1/4) : soi-même comme les autres - Idées - France Culture

Paul Ricoeur (1/4) : soi-même comme les autres - Idées - France Culture | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
"@philippeliotard: entendre Paul Ricoeur sur FC c'est toute la semaine "la philosophie comme méditation de la vie" http://t.co/mrZX1DwLuU "

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NEWPSYCHIATRY

NEWPSYCHIATRY | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
Looking out psychiatry from a different point of view...
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"It’s better to associate a drug that inhibits a specific hypersynchronous manifestation with a psychic stimulus that is equally effective to neutralize the same hypersynchronous manifestation than using the stimuli separately"

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Catching Ourselves in the Act of Thinking | Brainwaves, Scientific American Blog Network

Catching Ourselves in the Act of Thinking | Brainwaves, Scientific American Blog Network | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
From 1934 to 1970, Louie Mayer worked as a cook and housekeeper for writers Virginia and Leonard Woolf at their home in Rodmell, England. Her very ...
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"What we call the self is a story that we continuously write and rewrite in our minds—a narrative that appears to rely, at least in part, on verbal thought specifically. Merely reacting to the world around oneself by talking to oneself about it may be essential to maintaining a cohesive identity that persists through the past, present and future. In 1972, a stroke robbed clinical psychologist Claude Moss of both audible and inner speech. “In other words,” he wrote, “I did not have the ability to think about the future—to worry, to anticipate or perceive it—at least not with words. Thus for the first four or five weeks after hospitalization I simply existed.” Similarly, Helen Keller has written that, before she could think in language, “I did not know that I am. I lived in a world that was a no-world. I cannot hope to describe adequately that unconscious, yet conscious time of nothingness.” Descartes would nod in agreement. Unless we talk to ourselves, we are not ourselves."

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Noam Chomsky: The Singularity is Science Fiction! | Machines Like Us

Noam Chomsky: The Singularity is Science Fiction! | Machines Like Us | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
Dr. Noam Chomsky is a famed linguist, political activist, prolific author and recognized public speaker, who has spent the last 60 years living a double life—one as a political activist and another as a linguist.
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Comprendre l'apparition du langage avec la robotique

Comprendre l'apparition du langage avec la robotique | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
Environ 6.000 langues sont aujourd'hui parlées dans le monde et il est difficile d'imaginer une humanité sans langage. Pourtant, il y a longtemps les humains ne parlaient pas.

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, November 15, 2013 9:01 AM

Environ 6.000 langues sont aujourd'hui parlées dans le monde et il est difficile d'imaginer une humanité sans langage. Pourtant, il y a longtemps les humains ne parlaient pas. Des scientifiques font appel à l'informatique et à la robotique pour essayer de comprendre comment est apparu notre langage.

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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
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"WIRED: That’s pretty fuzzy. How does consciousness arise? How can you quantify it?

Koch: There’s a theory, called Integrated Information Theory, developed by Giulio Tononi at the University of Wisconsin, that assigns to any one brain, or any complex system, a number — denoted by the Greek symbol of Φ — that tells you how integrated a system is, how much more the system is than the union of its parts. Φ gives you an information-theoretical measure of consciousness. Any system with integrated information different from zero has consciousness. Any integration feels like something

It's not that any physical system has consciousness. A black hole, a heap of sand, a bunch of isolated neurons in a dish, they're not integrated. They have no consciousness. But complex systems do. And how much consciousness they have depends on how many connections they have and how they’re wired up."

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Mapping the entire brain with new and improved Brainbow II technology

Mapping the entire brain with new and improved Brainbow II technology | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Among the many great talks at the recent annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience were three special lectures given sequentially during the evenings.

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How Technology Wires the Learning Brain

How Technology Wires the Learning Brain | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
Kids between the ages of 8 and 18 spend 11.5 hours a day using technology -- whether that’s computers, television, mobile phones, or video games –
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The Ruthless, Fruitless Pursuit Of Immortality

The Ruthless, Fruitless Pursuit Of Immortality | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
Technology is bringing us closer to the dream of living forever. What might we surrender in the quest?

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For as long as we’ve dreamed of immortality, we’ve debated its desirability. Techno-utopians claim we’re on a preordained path, but not everyone wants to become non-biological. What would it really mean to become software-based creatures? Are we prepared to forsake our humanity to become immortal cyborgs? The radical futurists among us certainly are. “The whole idea of a ‘species’ is a biological concept,” Kurzweil clarifies. “What we are doing is transcending biology.”

It’s clear that physical immortality is, at this time, still an article of faith. Whether it’s a poorer one than spiritual immortality is a personal choice. Those who expect the scientific method to provide an answer to every question are simply subverting religious belief into scientism. In the end, when it comes to understanding death, all we have is what we started with: beliefs.

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A Critical Theory in Brain Development

A Critical Theory in Brain Development | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
Researchers present a new theory which explains how critical periods are triggered during neurodevelopment.
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Importantly, the theory explains distinct experience-dependent plasticity that takes place before the onset of the critical period, which has been observed in experiments but not explained by other theories. “In the future,” says Toyoizumi, “it would be useful to be able to control developmental plasticity stages by manipulating spontaneous activity in specific brain areas, which could have therapeutic applications.”

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19 Reasons Why Willpower Fails You, And What To Do About It

19 Reasons Why Willpower Fails You, And What To Do About It | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
Ever tried? Ever failed? No Matter. Try again, fail again, fail better. --Samuel Beckett Willpower is an essential ingredient in achieving, overcoming, and becoming -- so why does it so often fail us?
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Connections in the Brains of Young Children Strengthen During Sleep

Connections in the Brains of Young Children Strengthen During Sleep | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
The connections between the right and left hemispheres of the brain strengthen during sleep for children. This strengthening could help brain functions mature, a new study suggests.
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The Neuroscience of Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier, by Ocean Robbins

The Neuroscience of Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier, by Ocean Robbins | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
Our world is pretty messed up. With all the violence, pollution and crazy things people do, it would be easy to turn into a grouchy old man without being either elderly or male.
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"As Drs. Blaire and Rita Justice reported for the University of Texas Health Science Center, "a growing body of research shows that gratitude is truly amazing in its physical and psychosocial benefits."

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Bionic Eye Implant Will Become Available in U.S. in Coming Weeks

Bionic Eye Implant Will Become Available in U.S. in Coming Weeks | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it

The Argus II retinal implant looks like computing goggles such as Google Glass, but it sends the images the eyeglass-mounted visual processing unit detects to a tiny electrode array that’s been implanted in the user’s retina.

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A Contemplation of Chattering Minds | Brainwaves, Scientific American Blog Network

A Contemplation of Chattering Minds | Brainwaves, Scientific American Blog Network | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
On Friday I read a post by novelist and essayist Tim Parks on the New York Review of Books blog. Parks argues that the most memorable ...
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"The self is a story we continually revise, just like Clarissa making it all up as she goes along. One of the greatest accomplishments of fiction writers in the twentieth century was learning to recreate this self-narration so realistically that reading their writing feels like slipping into someone else’s mind. Their thoughts become our thoughts. In an earlier post, Parks concludes that we do not need these kinds of novels or any stories for that matter, nor do we need the narrative self. True, we do not need novels the same way we need water, but when it comes to stories, we do not have a choice. We do not wake up one day in toddlerhood and say, “Now I shall begin to tell the story of my Self!” It just happens. Our brains are evolved storytellers."

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Hidden Metaphors Get under Our Skin: Scientific American

Hidden Metaphors Get under Our Skin: Scientific American | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
Our surroundings can trigger figurative thinking and influence behavior
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In all these studies, the influence of the embodied metaphors evaded conscious awareness—the study subjects did not notice the connection between their sensations and their subsequent decisions or feelings. Yet researchers think we might be able to wield this effect by altering our surroundings and habits, such as choosing office art that evokes forward motion. “If you're actively touching an object with the expectation that it will change your view of a situation, it might not work right away,” explains Joshua Ackerman, a psychologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a co-author of the smoothness study. “But if you make such behavior a habit, you will gradually stop thinking about the connection, and it will then have a stronger effect.”

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The Last Generation to Die — a short film | KurzweilAI

The Last Generation to Die — a short film | KurzweilAI | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
Set in the future when science first begins to stop aging, a daughter tries to save her father from natural death. The story takes place roughly 30 years
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“The film takes the direction of finding the gene(s) for aging and altering them. We start there and add a little literary license to help explain the technology further through an animated video the main character presents in the beginning of the film.”

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3 Technological Innovations that Could Revolutionize Meditation Practice

3 Technological Innovations that Could Revolutionize Meditation Practice | Human Nature  ,Brain and Cognitive Sciences &Singularity | Scoop.it
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