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Psychosis, Dreams, and Memory in AI

by Henry Wilkin figures by Rebecca Clements The original dream of research in artificial intelligence was to understand what it is that makes us who we are. Because of this, artificial intelligence has always been close to cognitive science, even if the two have been somewhat far apart in practice. Functional AIs have tended to do best at quickly finding ‘good-enough’ approaches to problems that … Continue reading Psychosis, Dreams, and Memory in AI

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New method successfully recovers lost short-term memories

For decades now, scientists have believed that working memory, a form of short term memory, can be accessed only through the sustained firing of neurons. Working memory is used constantly in our day to day lives — from remembering the name of someone you just met while carrying on a conversation, to mixing the right ingredients in a recipe – it allows us to access … Continue reading New method successfully recovers lost short-term memories

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Remembering the Importance of Sleep for Memory Formation

by Fernanda Ferreira figures by Krissy Lyon Arianna Huffington wants you to get more sleep. Arianna Huffington wants you to leave your phone, with its blue light and sleep-disrupting screen, outside your bedroom and get some sleep. In 2007 the co-founder of The Huffington Post collapsed from exhaustion. Blacking out was the wake up call that put in motion Huffington’s transformation from sleep deprived to … Continue reading Remembering the Importance of Sleep for Memory Formation