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Projects | CSC Center for Strategic Communication – DARPA $6m fMRI Research Grant

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Projects

“Toward Narrative Disruptors and Inductors: Mapping the Narrative Comprehension Network and its Persuasive Effects”, DARPA

http://csc.asu.edu/projects/

In 2012, the CSC was awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) a $6.1 million dollar research grant to study the neurobiology of narrative comprehension, validate narrative theories and explore the connection between narrative and persuasion.

This groundbreaking research study will employ multi-modal neuroimaging, combining the temporal resolution of EEG with the spatial resolution of fMRI.

The project seeks to validate narrative theories that to date have rested on interpretive approaches, rather than empirical, neurophysiological study.

In so doing, the project aims to discover the neural network(s) involved in narrative comprehension and persuasion, and to come to a further understanding of how elements of existing narrative theories can induce or disrupt narrative understanding by the presence or absence of those structural components of narrative.

DARPA

via Projects | CSC Center for Strategic Communication.

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July 30, 2013 at 4:05 am

Sky Deutschland to broadcast adverts directly into train passengers’ heads

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Sky Deutschland has developed technology to transfer adverts from train windows directly and silently into commuters’ heads.

Passengers leaning their head against the window will “hear” adverts “coming from inside the user’s head”, urging them to download the Sky Go app.

The proposal involves using bone conduction technology, which is used in hearing aids, headphones and Google’s Glass headset, to pass sound to the inner ear via vibrations through the skull.

Passengers leaning their head against the window will “hear” adverts “coming from inside the user’s head”, urging them to download the Sky Go app.

 

A video for the Talking Window campaign released by Sky Deutschland and ad agency BBDO Germany states: “Tired commuters often rest their heads against windows. Suddenly a voice inside their head is talking to them. No one else can hear this message.”

The voice comes from a Sky-branded transmitter made by Audiva that is attached to the train window.

BBDO spokesman Ulf Brychcy told the BBC: “If our customer Sky Deutschland agrees, we will start with the new medium as quickly as possible.

via Sky Deutschland to broadcast adverts directly into train passengers’ heads – Telegraph.

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July 5, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Brain activity patterns preserve traces of previous cognitive activity

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June 26, 2013

Weizmann Institute scientists discover that spontaneously emerging brain activity patterns preserve traces of previous cognitive activity.

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The day-after effect of brain activation: The brain image at the back presents spontaneous resting state patterns before an fMRI-based neurofeedback training session. The front brain image presents spontaneous resting state patterns a day after the training session, illustrating the long-term trace of the training. Credit: Weizmann Institute of Science

This research suggests a number of future possibilities for exploring the brain. For example, spontaneously emerging brain patterns could be used as a “mapping tool” for unearthing cognitive events from an individual’s recent past.

Or, on a wider scale, each person’s unique spontaneously emerging activity patterns might eventually reveal a sort of personal profile — highlighting each individual’s abilities, shortcomings, biases, learning skills, etc.

via Brain activity patterns preserve traces of previous cognitive activity | KurzweilAI.

Iranian scientist claims to have invented ‘time machine’ – Telegraph

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Update:  False, possibly State-Sponsored propaganda:   http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/04/iran-time-machine-scientist/64183/

 

An Iranian businessman claims to have mastered time with a machine that allows users to fast forward up to eight years into the future.

Ali Razeghi, a Tehran scientist has registered “The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine” with the state-run Centre for Strategic Inventions.

The device can predict the future in a print out after taking readings from the touch of a user, he told the Fars state newsagency.

Razaeghi, 27, said the device worked by a set of complex algorithims to “predict five to eight years of the future life of any individual, with 98 percent accuracy”.

As the managing director of Iran’s Centre for Strategic Inventions, Razeghi is a serial inventor with 179 other inventions listed under his own name. “I have been working on this project for the last 10 years,” he said.

“My invention easily fits into the size of a personal computer case and can predict details of the next 5-8 years of the life of its users. It will not take you into the future, it will bring the future to you.”

Razeghi says Iran’s government can predict the possibility of a military confrontation with a foreign country, and forecast the fluctuation in the value of foreign currencies and oil prices by using his new invention.

“Naturally a government that can see five years into the future would be able to prepare itself for challenges that might destabilise it,” he said. “As such we expect to market this invention among states as well as individuals once we reach a mass production stage.”

Razeghi said his latest project has been criticised by friends and relatives for “trying to play God” with ordinary lives and history. “This project is not against our religious values at all. The Americans are trying to make this invention by spending millions of dollars on it where I have already achieved it by a fraction of the cost,” he said. “The reason that we are not launching our prototype at this stage is that the Chinese will steal the idea and produce it in millions overnight.”

via Iranian scientist claims to have invented ‘time machine’ – Telegraph.

Computers can see peoples dreams

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Computers can see peoples dreams

By Tia Ghose, Live Science

A computer can predict what you’re dreaming about based on brain wave activity, new research suggests.

By measuring peoples brain activity during waking moments, researchers were able to pick out the signatures of specific dream imagery — such as keys or a bed — while the dreamer was asleep.

“We know almost nothing about the function of dreaming,” said study co-author Masako Tamaki, a neuroscientist at Brown University. “Using this method, we might be able to know more about the function of dreaming.”

The findings, which were published today April 4 in the journal Science, could also help scientists understand what goes on in the brain when people have nightmares.

via Computers can see peoples dreams – The Body Odd.

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April 5, 2013 at 3:04 am

Defense.gov: Contracts for Tuesday, April 02, 2013

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Defense.gov: Contracts for Tuesday, April 02, 2013.

(Light day finally – only 2 new contracts awarded today, according to MSM Headlines however, we’re going to spend $100 million to discover what we already know but keep hidden.)

Obama Asks Congress For $100M To Map Brain…

Hacking the Human Brain

Apparatus and method for remotely monitoring and altering brain waves

Biometric Brainwaves, Your Unique Signature

 

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April 3, 2013 at 3:41 am

Should I trust my intuition?

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Should I trust my intuition?

Should I trust my intuition?

Do we always make better decisions when we take more time to think? Or are there decisions where more time doesn’t really help?

A study led by Zachary Mainen, Director of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, and published today (March 28th) in the scientific journal, Neuron, reports that when rats were challenged with a series of perceptual decision problems, their performance was just as good when they decided rapidly as when they took a much longer time to respond. Despite being encouraged to slow down and try harder, the subjects of this study achieved their maximum performance in less than 300 milliseconds.

‘There are many kinds of decisions, and for some, having more time appears to be of no help. In these cases, you’d better go with your intuition, and that’s what our subjects did’, explains Zachary Mainen, the neuroscientist who led this study, while an Associate Professor at CSHL, in the USA.

This study suggests that rats can be used as an animal model to investigate what is happening in the human brain when ‘intuitive’ decisions are being made. ‘Decision-making is not a well-understood process, but it appears to be surprisingly similar among species. This study provides a basis to begin to take apart one type of decision and see how it really works’, the author adds.

More research in this area is now being conducted at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon.

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown

Should I trust my intuition?

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April 2, 2013 at 2:28 am