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From Building Brains to Brained Buildings: An Interview with Michael A. Arbib

These days, our lives are run by genius gadgets: iPhones, iPads, computers, robots. Did you ever stop to wonder who put the “Siri” in Siri? And what does R2-D2’s brain — if you can call it that — look like? As technology and computers make their presence more and more known in every facet of our lives, wouldn’t it be good to understand how it all works? Michael A. Arbib knows a thing or two about [ … ]

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The Creative Science Behind The Emotional Brain: A Q&A with Dr. Richard J. Davidson

Do you recover quickly from setbacks, or are you prone to wallow in despair? Do your friends think you’re psychic because you always know how they’re feeling, or are you often accused of not “getting it”? Why are some people always “up,” while others are in a perpetual state of gloom and doom? Best-selling author and pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson [ … ]

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A Father’s Love: Actor Joe Mantegna on his Daughter’s Autism

You may know him as David Rossi in the popular TV series “Criminal Minds” or the voice of Fat Tony on “The Simpsons,” but what you might not know is that actor Joe Mantegna is the parent of an autistic child. Twenty-four years ago he and his wife, Arlene, sat across from a doctor hearing the words no parent wants to hear: “I’m pretty sure your daughter is autistic.” [ … ]

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Joseph LeDoux on Fear, Emotions, and Memory

Joseph LeDoux has spent 30 years studying the biological underpinnings of memory and emotion, especially the mechanisms of fear. A Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science and professor of neural science and psychology at New York University, his concentration on the amygdala, that almond-shaped structure in the brain’s temporal lobe having to do with emotional behavior [ … ]

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K and Kwe

USING WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING TO BUILD SELFESTEEM, SELF-EXPRESSION, PERSONAL GROWTH AND HEALING Michael Kweku (“Kwe”) Owusu grew up in the Arts Center, a constructed community attached to Accra’s Centre for National Culture, where some of [ … ]