November 2009 Blog Posts (5)

The somniloquy hypothesis: How the immature brain learns facts

A while back I wrote about the possible adaptive function of somnambulism or sleep-walking. Well...I've come up with yet another hypothesis addressing an "abnormal" behavior falling under parasomnias.

Somniloquy or sleep-talking can happen during stages of REM or NREM sleep (I'm speaking to the latter). This seemingly bizarre behavior typically occurs in childhood and is outgrown by puberty. Presentation can vary from rhythmic nonsense words to long coherent speeches. No… Continue

Added by William Lu on November 17, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Artifacts from Neuroscience

Click on the photo below to be directed to flickr and to read more about each object pictured.

SfN Chicago 2009

Added by Mike Pascoe on November 16, 2009 at 4:39pm — No Comments

The dual-tasking meditation master

I recently read an article in the latest Scientific American Mind magazine discussing the cell mechanisms underlying meditative states. The author briefly mentioned the fact that expert meditators were able to avoid the attentional blink that lay people seem to experience when attending to rapid firing visual stimuli. This brought up a question for me. Would expert meditators perform better on dual-tasks compared to age-matched control subjects?

I believe the answer is in the… Continue

Added by William Lu on November 10, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

What does the WAIS-IV measure: CHC analysis and beyond

IAP AP101 Report #2: What does the WAIS-IV measure: CHC analysis and beyond is now up for viewing. Enjoy. Feedback and discussion welcomed

Added by Kevin McGrew on November 8, 2009 at 10:13pm — No Comments

Call for Papers: Behavioral Representation in Modeling & Simulation (BRIMS) 2010

You are invited to participate in the 19th Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation (BRIMS). BRIMS enables modeling and simulation research scientists, engineers, and technical communities across disciplines to meet, share ideas, identify capability gaps, discuss cutting-edge research directions, highlight promising technologies, and showcase the state-of-the-art in applications. The BRIMS Conference will consist of many exciting elements in 2010, including special topic… Continue

Added by Tiffany Jastrzembski on November 3, 2009 at 3:51pm — No Comments

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