Spud Webb desperately trying to drive on Shaq) one mirroring the others' movements, swaying back and forth, side to side. Both were a bit confused as to which direction to settle on, and for an estimated 5 seconds I stood there in utter disbelief, witnessing this extremely awkward, yet ridiculously entertaining situation.
How do we avoid catastrophes like this from happening on a daily basis? And if navigating through a mall corridor without incident is THAT difficult, how does the multitude of pedestrians in somewhere like Manhattan manage to avoid such annoying or, in my friend's case, embarrassing encounters? Inattention and "mind-blindness", an inability to develop an awareness of what is in the mind of another human, would seem to be the main culprits. However, there's bit more to it than that and it involves eye gazing.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Alink and colleagues over at the Max Planck Institute in Germany decided to check out what's really going on in the brain when it's making visual predictions.
Using fMRI, the team tested whether predictability reduced responses in the human visual cortex as put forth in Rao and Ballard's 1999 model of predictive coding. They assessed the theoretical claim by looking at the response of V1 (primary visual cortex) when detecting predictive and non-predictive motions.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
more on Stephen Hawking
Labels: Quantum Physics
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Mindhacks has written up a good summation of the key alterations. The link to the DSM-V draft can be found HERE. Explore and enjoy!