Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Here, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples' thoughts -- and judges their actions.
The importance attached to knowledge distinguishes humanity from other animal species. To achieve the goal of building the Semantic Web, we need to “teach” the language to computers, and we need to know: What is the nature of knowledge? How to represent knowledge?
On the face of it, you might think doing crosswords and other brain-boosting activities is enough to keep your mind young as you get older. But if you're a man with an asymmetric face, it might all be in vain, research has shown.
Radiotherapy used to treat brain tumours may lead to a decline in mental function many years down the line, say Dutch researchers. A study of 65 patients, 12 years after they were treated, found those who had radiotherapy were more likely to have problems with memory and attention.
For decades researchers ranging from economists to psychologists to neuroscientists have tried to understand how people make decisions, both mundane and major. Guest host Paul Raeburn and guests look at what happens in the mind of "the decider" when there's a choice to be made.
Is the internet reprogramming us? In his famous article, Nicholas Carr writes we are changing the way we read and think. « New forms of “reading” are emerging as users “power browse” horizontally through titles, contents pages and abstracts going for quick wins. »
What are the mental loopholes that make us see a woman get sawed in half while we know it's just impossible? These cognitive illusions have been used by magicians long before any scientist identified them... until now!