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?
Daniel C. Dennett Center for Cognitive Studies Tufts University Medford, MA 02155 The vivid terms, “Top-down” and “Bottom-up” have become popular in several different contexts in cognitive science. My task today is to sort out some different meanings and comment … Continue reading Cognitive Science as Reverse Engineering
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
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
The meaning of language is represented in regions of the cerebral cortex known collectively as the “semantic system”. However, little of the semantic system has been mapped comprehensively, and the semantic selectivity of most regions is still unknown. Here we … Continue reading Semantic maps in the human brain
Interactive nodal network diagrams can offer some of the most well-supplied data exploration opportunities in the world of data graphics. The Macro Connections Group at MIT Media Lab released Global Language Network, an interactive visualization of the relationships among the world’s many … Continue reading Visualizing the Global Network of Languages
Do you remember the first time you met your college classmate? You were probably nervous, talking a little too loudly and laughing a little too heartily. What else does that memory bring to mind? The lunch you shared later? The … Continue reading How the Brain Builds Memory Chains
Almost two billion people study English as a non-native language – that’s nearly one in three people worldwide. In the developing world, English is less of a forein language skill but a tool synonymous with development, expanding a country’s economy, … Continue reading How’s your English?
As scientists unlock more of the neurological secrets of the bilingual brain, they’re learning that speaking more than one language may have cognitive benefits that extend from childhood into old age. Parlez vous francais? Sprechen Sie Deutsches? Parli italiano? Hablas español? … Continue reading The Bilingual Brain