Computer games aren’t just for fun anymore — they’re also valuable research tools. Scientists are taking complex problems — like trying to figure out how proteins fold and how neural networks work — and turning them into engaging games. And they need your help.
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This week Alok Jha meets psychologist Elaine Fox from the University of Essex to explore optimism and pessimism. Professor Fox reveals in her book Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain how having one personality type or the other can affect your health and prospects.
Alok also interviewed physicist and science writer Alex Stone about his passion for magic. Stone has penned Fooling Houdini: Adventures in the World of Magic, a book about what the craft of the magician can tell us about the mind, perception and what it means to be human.
Alok gets an update from Liberal Democrat peer Lord Sharkey on his campaign to win a posthumous pardon for one of Britain’s greatest mathematicians, Alan Turing, who was convicted in 1952 of "gross indecency" with another man. Alok is joined by Guardian science correspondent Ian Sample to discuss the legal and ethical dilemmas posed by such a pardon.
Ian also reveals why synthetic biologists are turning mice cells into simple jellyfish.
If the conscious mind—the part you consider you—is just the tip of the iceberg in the brain, what is all the rest doing? Neuroscientist David Eagleman, author of the New York Times bestseller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, shows that most of what you do, think and believe is generated by parts of your brain to which you have no access. Here’s the exposé about the non-conscious brain and all the machinery under the hood that keeps the show going.
For nearly 20 years, neuroscientist Jim Fallon has studied the brains of psychopaths. After learning that his ancestry included alleged murderers, he decided to study his own brain. He was shocked at what he discovered.
The Brains Behind the Mind David Eagleman, Neuroscientist, Baylor School of Medicine; Author, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain In conversation with Kishore Hari, Director, Bay Area Science Festival What is our subconscious mind doing while we pay our bills, write emails and decide between crunchy and smooth at the grocery store? As neuroscientists are learning more and more about our body’s hidden frontier, we have gained fleeting insights into our own intuition, habits and seemingly unexplainable…
Professor Jean Aitchison delivers her fourth Reith Lecture from her series entitled ‘The Language Web’. She examines the word-learning ability inbuilt in humans, and explains how we manage to recall words at speed when we need them.
Robin Ince and Brian Cox pit science against the supernatural, as they explore ghosts and other paranormal phenomena with the help of actor and magician Andy Nyman, psychologist Richard Wiseman and neuroscientist Bruce Hood.
In case you don’t read The Journal of Neural Engineering, here’s the news: scientists have created a brain implant that restores lost memory function and strengthens recall.
A brain implant. Now, it was in a rat. But it’s proven what can be done.
And offered a glimpse of what’s coming for humans. There is lots of talk about the “bionic brain.” To repair injuries, like Gabby Giffords’.
To supplement brains like yours and mine. Check out this headline: “Intel Wants Brain Implants in Customers Heads by 2020.”
It’s exciting, and it’s scary.
Kathy Sierra talks about expertise and neuroscience. The study of the differences between the world class performer and the average performer reveals something more important than genetics. Sierra shares several tips on how everyone can improve their performance and the most important factors in getting really good at something.
Neuroscientist David Eagleman says everything we think, do and believe is determined by complex neural networks battling it out in our brains. In Incognito, he explains what scientists are learning about this hidden world of cognition.
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