Dr. Chander Source: Photo credit: Rosso Can technology read your mind? Divya Chander, M.D., Ph.D., has a surprising answer to that question. Chander is a neuroscientist and physician on the faculty at both Stanford University and Singularity University. She was educated at Harvard, the University of California San Diego/Salk Institute, UCSF and Stanford. Her post-doctoral work was in optogenetics at the pioneering Deisseroth lab at Stanford University. In Chander’s presentation at Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine , she referenced the example of a research group at Berkeley that was able to use machine learning , a subset of artificial intelligence (AI) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to try to understand what the brain sees. fMRI measures brain activity by showing the changes in hemodynamics such as the oxygenation, volume and changes in blood flow. Ironically, what’s expediting the recent breakthroughs in neuroscience, AI and fMRI, … [Read more...] about Brain-Computer Interfaces and Neuroscience
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Source: MohammadHasan/Pixabay Why do people feel exhausted after spending hours in virtual meetings? Recently, Stanford professor and founding director of the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL), Jeremy Bailenson, published a paper in Technology, Mind, and Behavior about the potential psychological factors that cause “Zoom fatigue.” “While there are dozens of empirical studies in psychology, human-computer interaction, and communication that examine behavior during videoconferencing, there has yet to be rigorous studies that examine the psychological consequences of spending hours per day on this particular medium,” wrote Bailenson. “Hence this piece outlines a theoretical explanation—one based on previous work—as to why the current implementation of videoconferencing is so exhausting.” Video conferencing, also called web conferencing, online meetings, webcasts, web meetings, videoconferencing, virtual meetings, and webinars, refers to real-time meetings … [Read more...] about Stanford Professor on ‘Zoom Fatigue’ and How to Prevent It
In the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, a quote from Joan Didion that I came across 15 years back came back to me with new significance. She said: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” I understood this on a visceral, emotional level when I first read it. I’d been recently divorced , I was unemployed and the career path I’d been on had been shattered. I was in the depths of chronic depression , with the typical symptoms that included, lack of motivation , low self-esteem , dysphoria, suicidal ideation and an inability to set goals or to care for the self. I had lost the plot, or the story I needed in order to live. I’d lost the marriage -for-life and the career-for-life story and in this state, it seemed to me that I needed to find a new story to live for. If I had something big to believe in, or failing that, a personal goal to aim for, I could get myself out of the downward spiral. That’s perhaps a good image—something solid like a stick or sign, above a … [Read more...] about What Story Will We Live by Now?
Source: 22612 / Pixabay Extraverts, those who are outgoing and generally seek out a relatively high level of social connections and attention , may be more likely to contract corona than are introverts. Think about that for a moment ... Last year, I wrote a piece that summarized the population distribution of introverts and extraverts in terms of what evolutionary behavioral scientists often call balancing selection . The idea here is designed to address the question of why, across pretty much all human populations that have been studied on the topic (see Costa & McCrae, 1985), human populations tend to have an even mix of introverts and extraverts. As introversion / extraversion has regularly shown as having a substantial heritable (genetic) component (see Nettle, 2008), this finding, of relatively even ratios of introverts to extraverts, suggests, from an evolutionary perspective, that the long-term genetic benefits of each strategy roughly equals the long-term … [Read more...] about Extraversion Kills