Here’s How to Get to Conscious Machines, Neuroscientists Say Unlike the director leads you to believe, the protagonist of Ex Machina, Andrew Garland’s 2015 masterpiece, isn’t Caleb, a young programmer tasked with evaluating machine consciousness. Rather, it’s his target Ava, … Continue reading The verge of consciousness
The Chill of Fear A copse can beckon, with its dappled leaves and songbird trills. But linger past twilight, and tree, bush, and animal assume different dimensions. Trunks thicken and loom, bushes snatch at clothing, and the rustlings and skitters … Continue reading Fear factors
The Loneliest Neuron There it lives, the loneliest neuron. The neuron that lies furthest from the outside world. Furthest from the inputs from your senses; furthest from the outputs to your muscles. It will never know the taste of a … Continue reading Brain building
How to defend against your own mind When it comes to some of the most important decisions we make — how much to bid for a house, the right person to hire, or how to plan for the future — … Continue reading Exploring biases
Poverty and the Developing Brain People love “Rags to Riches” stories—those sanguine tales in which someone who grew up in poverty manages to become extremely wealthy and professionally successful. These stories breathe life into the American Dream, inspire hope, and … Continue reading Does poverty shrink hippocampus?
This is your brain on art If you think about it, having a great time at the theater defies logic in many ways. We’re surrounded by strangers, bombarded with unusual images and often faced with a wordless language of symbols. … Continue reading Entertained in a crowd
The Right Music Can Change How Your Date Sees You, Say Scientists Male musicians somehow always get the girl, and live concerts always seem to be great settings to spark romance. Recently, researchers uncovered new insights into why that always … Continue reading Is music a core human experience?