Cognitive Neuroscience Overview

Cognitive neuroscience is a branch of both psychology and neuroscience, overlapping with disciplines such as physiological psychology, cognitive psychology and neuropsychology.

Cognitive neuroscience is an academic field concerned with the scientific study of biological substrates underlying cognition, with a specific focus on the neural substrates of mental processes. It addresses the questions of how psychological/cognitive functions are produced by neural circuits in the brain.

Posture Critical in Early Learning

Using both robots and infants, a cognitive scientist and collaborators have found that posture is critical in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge.

This study offers a new approach to studying the way “objects of cognition,” such as words or memories of physical objects, are tied to the position of the body. The new insights stem from the field of epigenetic robotics, in which researchers are working to create robots that learn and develop like children, through interaction with their environment.
PLOS ONE 3/18/15 (cc)

Human Face Recognition Found In Neural Network Based On Monkey Brains

A neural network that simulates the way monkeys recognize faces produces many of the idiosyncratic behaviors found in humans, says computer scientists.

“Our proposed model…explains neural response characteristics of monkey face patches; as well several behavioral phenomena observed in humans.”

The process behind this work is almost as fascinating as the result.

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