Weekly Science Picks

Here we are with new fascinating stories for this week. This time we plan to concentrate on mind and learning phenomena. You will see how new technologies affected our brains, how our mind stays stable during learning, what the point of mind games is and much more. So, please come with us and enjoy this amazing journey.

How computers change the way we learn

“This discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories,” a concerned commentator once spoke of a new technology. “[People] will be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will be tiresome company, having the show of wisdom without the reality.”

Brain games exploit anxieties about memory loss for profit – scientists

Companies marketing “brain games” that are meant to slow or reverse age-related memory decline and enhance other cognitive functions are exploiting customers by making “exaggerated and misleading claims” that are not based on sound scientific evidence, according to an open letter signed by 73 psychologists, cognitive scientists and neuroscientists from around the world.

Next-gen technologies get down to Robo-business

Next-gen technologies like self-driving vehicles, remote augmented reality and fully-autonomous robots are now being used to help companies work better, from underground mines to the factory floor.

Mathematical model shows how brain remains stable during learning

Complex biochemical signals that coordinate fast and slow changes in neuronal networks keep the brain in balance during learning, according to an international team of scientists. Neuronal networks form a learning machine that allows the brain to extract and store new information from its surroundings via the senses. Researchers have long puzzled over how the brain achieves sensitivity and stability to unexpected new experiences during learning — two seemingly contradictory requirements.

Thanks so much for your attention. That would be everything for this week’s selection. Please stay with us – new stories are coming shortly!