This week's Séance Sunday will be on a paper by D. E. Broadbent. The paper begins with the proposition that people hate model building. The paper's purpose is to describe a very basic model of the human perceptual system. The above figure is the simple model for attention. Needed are a Y-shaped tubes and some … Continue reading Seance Sunday: A Mechanical model of human learning and memory Part 1
Who wouldn't want to lucid dream,--be aware of oneself when dreaming, and able to control the dream? I sure would. I experienced it once, and needless to say, the experience left me craving more. There are techniques to enable yourself to lucid dream. They will be discussed in a future article. This article, however, will focus … Continue reading Findings Friday: Lucid Dreamers
In light of an earlier article I wrote on the vulnerability of memories, and how false memories can be planted in our minds, I decided to write an article on how to tell a memory is false. Consider Madrigal (yes, it's the name of a book character, from Dreams of Gods and Monsters if you … Continue reading Techniques Thursday: Memory Sleuth: How to tell a memory is false
We've heard about how false memories can be "planted" in someone's mind. For example, people can be convinced they committed a crime they never did commit--in just a few hours! Others have been convinced they were raped, or molested as children. In 1999, Dr. Elizabeth F. Loftus conducted a study that greatly impacted our understanding of … Continue reading Manic Monday: Loftus lost in the Mall
This article certainly starts off fun. The article, written by Frank A. Beach, begins with a reference to Lewis Carroll's poem, "The Hunting of the Snark." In the poem, a crew goes hunting for a snark, which turns out to be a very dangerous boojum. The article by Beach goes on to state that for anyone … Continue reading Seance Sunday: The Snark was a Boojum
Many of us have heard of Papez Circuit, the neural network that controls human emotion. In 1937, James Papez wrote an article called A Proposed Mechanism of Emotion. He begins his article by citing the relevant word of Bard and Cannon, who will be discussed in a later article. But Papez cites the reason for … Continue reading Seance Sunday: Papez Circuit
Manic Monday: Harlow's Pit of Despair, the Rape Rack and Iron Maidens.