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Mon Jun 01 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
we can no longer view hallucinations as just a symptom of mental illness or specific drugs. They represent a not-so-rare process that may well occur in an otherwise healthy individual under certain circumstances. Unraveling the elusive mechanism underlying this ill-perceived symptom is a major task for current neuropsychiatry.
Mon May 11 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
Glutamate is coined as the primary excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. If we were to sum up Glutamate and GABA, it would be fair to say that they serve as some form of balance. Equilibrium is key. Too much or too little of any of them is detrimental, which is why complicated regulation systems are required to keep them in check.
Tue Apr 28 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
GABA is the primary neurotransmitter employed by inhibitory neurons, both in the spinal cord and the brain. All in all, it is safe to say that an apparently straightforward matter, such as the supposedly well-known role GABA plays in the brain, becomes infinitely more intricate once we dissect it carefully enough.
Fri Apr 10 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
The ability to let go of information is, in many respects, as worthy as the ability to store it in the first place. Although it may not receive as much praise as memory, forgetting is an impressive process in itself, often necessary for our brains to function in a way we deem normal. Forgetting should not be viewed as a deficit, but rather as an ability.
Thu Mar 26 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
Every passing moment, this one included, is nothing more than a fleeting instance of reality. We stitch together this moment with the one before it and the one before that until we create an experience. Memory does not occupy a specific location or set of neurons, but rather a specific neural circuit.
Fri Mar 06 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
We can agree as much today as ever that our outstanding problem-solving capacities are highly dependent on our ability to remember previous knowledge. The precise nature of memory, however, has been highly debated over the centuries. Where do we store our memories? What is it that makes us remember?
Thu Feb 20 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
We take pride in our complex language, in the nuances and subtleties it can convey, as well as in its perpetual evolution. In many ways, we use it as a measure of intelligence. One of the most complex and essential functions of modern humans, language, stays in many respects elusive to our understanding.
Tutorial: Deep Learning #1
Fri Feb 14 2020 | by Ivan Sivak
Let's say you have data. It can be anything. Let's say you would like to use the power of AI and predict certain information about the new records coming to this database. Let's say you want to do it in 5 minutes from scratch, and you have zero programming skills. Impossible? Not for BotX.
The Reward System
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Regardless of whether we are aware of it or not, each and every one of the motor programs designed within our prefrontal cortex is based on some form of intrinsic reasoning. A significant amount of contemporary neuroscientific work focuses on defining and understanding the circuitry that underlies reward, and how this manages to shape us.
Mon Jan 20 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
Have we found the magical switch that solves, at least at a biochemical level, our existential quest for well-being? As we refine our understanding of serotoninergic systems and their ramifications, we come to realize that serotonin's action is in no way straightforward. A simplistic understanding of serotonin as a neurotransmitter may often prove ignorant.
Cognitive Diagrams
Thu Jan 09 2020 | by Ivan Sivak
Chances are you heard of the terms such as AI, machine learning, automation, etc. Indeed, automation is a big thing. Who wouldn't want to automate any of the existing processes or activities and to make them run faster, more efficiently, on a much larger scale, and often more precisely?
Split-brain: multitudes within us
Sat Jan 04 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
One can often find pieces of profound understanding of human nature in the depths of common idioms. “I’m not feeling like myself today.” What does this mean? We are masters of numerous subprograms that run simultaneously to achieve different goals. This is why we are put in a position to constantly make decisions.
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