In 1890, William James famously declared in The Principles of Psychology that “Everyone knows what attention is”. Attention has become a catch-all term for how the brain processes its own information, and its effects can be measured through behaviors, electrophysiology, and … Continue reading A taxonomy of attention
Memory is essential to all our lives. Without a memory of the past, we could not operate in the present or think about the future. We would not be able to remember what we did yesterday, what we have done … Continue reading How human memory works?
The origins of the myth The left/right brain myth holds that a right-brain dominant person is generally creative, intuitive, artsy, while a left-brain dominant person is more of a problem-solver, more linear, logical. The myth arose from genuine science, but … Continue reading The left/right brain myth
What is mindfulness meditation? Meditation can be defined as a form of mental training that aims to improve an individual’s core psychological capacities, such as attentional and emotional self-regulation. Meditation encompasses a family of complex practices that include mindfulness meditation, mantra meditation, yoga, tai-chi and chi-gong. Of … Continue reading How does mindfulness meditation change the brain?
Mastering any physical skill takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. But what does practice actually do to make us better at … Continue reading How to practice effectively for just about anything
How good is your gut number sense? Have you ever tried to guess how many jelly beans are in a jar? Or “guesstimated” the number of people who were at the concert last night? Number sense is your intuitive recognition … Continue reading How good is your gut number sense?
Sony Corporation developed a model of polyphonic music generation, which learns to compose chorales in the style of Bach. This model is capable of producing convincing chorales, even if it is trained with no other data that the 400 chorale sheets by … Continue reading DeepBach: Listens to Bach music and writes new one in the same style
Scientists have their own models of love and attraction, formed independently and through different methods. Though there are likely many models, I will stick to the model of love defined by Helen Fisher. Helen E. Fisher, PhD biological anthropologist, is … Continue reading Lust, Romance, Attachment – What brain scanning says about the drive to love
The Fourier transform is a mathematical technique that allows an MR signal to be decomposed into a sum of sine waves of different frequencies, phases, and amplitudes. This remarkable result derives from the work of Jean-Baptiste Joseph Fourier (1768-1830), a … Continue reading Understanding the Fourier transform
Fingerprint scanning, iris scanning, and voice stress analyzer are dated technology compared to the latest form of biometric authentication: the brain’s semantic memory. A team led by postdoctoral researcher Blair Armstrong of the Basque Center for Cognition, Brain, and Language … Continue reading Brain signals, a new biometric identification