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OK here goes. A brief time ago we recorded real-time EEG while a person walked and shopped in a grocery store. An abbreviated version of the movie can be seen here. As you can see, besides the large frame showing what the person is oriented towards (although there is no eye-tracking) the smaller right hand [...]

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For a long time, I have wanted to expand my lab facilities to be able to record not only behavioural data at millisecond resolution, but also to expand with neuroimaging such as EEG. Although I am already doing neuroimaging using functional and structural MRI at the DRCMR, I have had an interest in trying other [...]

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In the sci-fi movie “Strange days“, Ralph Fiennes plays a petty pusher dealing with (illegal) recorded memories. The secret technology of this movie was based on so-called SQUIDs, making it possible to record any sensory input and even feeling and mood a person is in. Today, I was alerted about the success of the work [...]

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This is it! We’re beginning our trials using the ultra-cool new tool developed by the Danish Technological University people. Yesterday we started testing a single person walking around a shopping mall and buying things. First, from a planned purchase list, and then random and unplanned decisions. At the same time, the session was filmed by [...]

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Here’s a heads’ up for some recent/new books that might be of your interest. First, I’m finished reading, and will soon provide a review of Pradeep’s “The buying brain“. Pradeep is the CEO of NeuroFocus Inc., a neuromarketing company, and as the description of the book says, he provides the secrets for selling to the [...]

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Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a new treatment for Parkinson’s Disease (PD). It alleviates or altogether eliminates the parkinsonism symptoms of tremour. This wonderful video from youtube demonstrates this beautifully. Although there is no Google translate for speech yet (lol), I do catch the essence of what the person is saying, and his reference to [...]

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Can antidepressive medicine alter your decision behaviour? A recent paper in Science now demonstrates that alterations in subjects’ serotonin levels leads to significant changes in their decision making behaviour. In the study, subjects were set to play the Ultimatum Game repeatedly. Subjects had to do the task two times at two different days, and at [...]

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In relation to our previous and well-visited post about oxytocin, we should mention a new study that uses this very substance in a neuroeconomic set-up. In the study, recently published by Neuron, and headed by Baumgartner et al., it was found that the administration of oxytocin affected subjects’ in a trust game. In particular, it [...]

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Dual use

The good people at the Dana Press have been kind enough to send us an advance copy of Jonathan Moreno’s forthcoming book, Mind Wars. Since it is first scheduled for publication in November (in the US; December in Europe) I will wait a few months before recording my thoughts about it here on the blog, [...]

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Today's featured article at Wikipedia is about transhumanism, "an international intellectual and cultural movement supporting the use of new sciences and technologies to enhance human physical and cognitiveameliorate what it regards as harsh and unnecessary aspects of the human condition, such as disease and aging." If you think of humanism as the attempt to help [...]

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