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Prominent Gamifiers: Andrea Kuszewski on the Science of Gamification and Motivation

by Andrea Kuszewski

What makes receiving a badge for completing a task so exciting? Why does seeing a progress bar almost full make us itch until we finish it? Gamification—the combination of game-design principles and elements—implements cognitive psychology and decision-making theory as its scientific foundation. If gamification were stuffed shells, science is the shell, and everything else is stuffing.



Say No to Pot, and Say Yes to Cognitive Enhancement

by Andrea Kuszewski

There are a lot of studies lately going back and forth on whether or not smoking pot is harmful to your brain. Does it lower your IQ? Is that change is permanent, or does it only last for the duration that you are smoking it? Here’s the scoop…



#14 Solutions For A Creativity Crisis: A Look At Cuba’s Technological Disobedience

by Andrea Kuszewski

When you think of the ideal creative environment, what comes to mind?  We may imagine a place where you have freedom of expression, a place that encourages breaking convention, somewhere that is abundant in resources that are readily accessible for innovative development of technology, and exposure to many different cultures for inspiration and collaboration. So as you imagine this ultimate creative playground, does Cuba come to mind?



The Power of Science Narrative to Teach, Excite, and Inspire Action: SlideShare

by Andrea Kuszewski

As science communicators, we need to do more than just entertain — we need to inform; to persuade; to inspire action. One of the biggest challenges in selling ideas about radical science and technology is engaging and exciting an audience in a way that is non-threatening, believable, and structured in a way that they can relate to personally.

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Live-Blogging the Afternoon of Day Two of Humanity+ San Francisco

by Kris Notaro

Our brains are slopping over full at this point at the end of the Humanity+ San Francisco 2012.  Congratulations to Natasha and her team for putting on a great conference. Hopefully next time we’ll have control of the weather.



Live-Blogging the Morning of Day Two of Humanity+ San Francisco

by Kris Notaro

Its apoco-raining this weekend in San Francisco, proving that the transhumanists neither see the future clear enough to choose a nice weekend nor have magical evil powers over the natural world. But they do put on incredibly fascinating parties at wild warehouse-cum-commune spaces full of smart technophiles. We had to drag ourselves back in to the conference this morning so we wouldn’t miss Andrea Kuscewski, David Pearce, Ben Goertzel, Jamais Cascio, Ramez Naam and the others folks speaking today.



Top Hitting Articles for November

Kris and Dr. J. are traveling to San Francisco tomorrow for the H+ events, so we’re calling the top hitters for November a day early.

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Your Brain on Politics: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Liberals and Conservatives

by Andrea Kuszewski

Can neuroscience provide evidence for a liberal and conservative thinking style?



Who’s Afraid of the Neuroscience of Politics?

by Andrea Kuszewski

From the looks of things, it appears to be conservative journalists.



The Science Of Pleasure: Part One- The Allure Of Asymmetry

by Andrea Kuszewski

What happens in your brain when you experience pleasure? Why are fantasies so powerful? Why do our brains love dopamine so much? Why do some images arouse, while others turn us off? Why are the most attractive people often not the ones we are most drawn to sexually? How can you create the longest neurological orgasm possible?

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Where Human Brains Far Surpass Computers

by Andrea Kuszewski

A current trend in AI research involves attempts to replicate a human learning system at the neuronal level—beginning with a single functioning synapse, then an entire neuron, the ultimate goal being a complete replication of the human brain.

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Why Robots Need Psychologists

by Andrea Kuszewski

“My brain is not like a computer.” The day those words were spoken to me marked a significant milestone for both me and the 6-year-old who uttered them.

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A New School Of Thought

by Andrea Kuszewski

How do we learn best?  It depends on the individual!

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Solutions For A Creativity Crisis: A Look At Cuba’s Technological Disobedience

by Andrea Kuszewski

When you think of the ideal creative environment, what comes to mind?  We may imagine a place where you have freedom of expression, a place that encourages breaking convention, somewhere that is abundant in resources that are readily accessible for innovative development of technology, and exposure to many different cultures for inspiration and collaboration. So as you imagine this ultimate creative playground, does Cuba come to mind?

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The Neuroscience Of Creativity And Insight—The Good, The Bad, & The Absolutely Ridiculous

by Andrea Kuszewski

—A Critical Look at Recent Studies of Creativity and Insight—

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#1: Increase Your Intelligence: Five ways to maximize your cognitive potential

by Andrea Kuszewski

Intelligence is being able to approach a new problem, recognize its important components, and solve it—then take that knowledge gained and put it towards solving the next, more complex problem. It’s about innovation and imagination, and about being able to put that to use to make the world a better place.

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Citizen Scientist 2.0

by Andrea Kuszewski

What does the future of science look like?

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Your Brain on Politics: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Liberals and Conservatives

by Andrea Kuszewski

Can neuroscience provide evidence for a liberal and a conservative thinking style?

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Increase Your Intelligence: Five ways to maximize your cognitive potential

by Andrea Kuszewski

Intelligence is being able to approach a new problem, recognize its important components, and solve it—then take that knowledge gained and put it towards solving the next, more complex problem. It’s about innovation and imagination, and about being able to put that to use to make the world a better place.

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The Educational Value of Creative Disobedience

by Andrea Kuszewski

What is supposed to be the most critical learning period for shaping children into the leaders of tomorrow has evolved over the years into a stifling of the creative instinct—wasting the age of imagination—which we then spend the rest of our lives trying to reconnect with.

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Could Chess-Boxing Defuse Aggression?

by Andrea Kuszewski

Teleportation, cloaks of invisibility, smell-o-vision, 3D printing, and even holograms, were all ideas first imagined in science fiction—and now are real products and technologies in various stages of development by scientists. While this is common in fields like experimental physics, it isn’t as often that cognitive neuroscience and applied psychology score insights from this fantasy genre.

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Science Through Stories: Allowing The Rediscovery Of Wonder

by Andrea Kuszewski

Wonder and curiosity. Those two simple words exquisitely describe what drives me in my work, and what keeps me readily tangled in my love affair with research.

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#12: Sex Makes You Smarter — Can ‘Virtual Sex’ Do The Same?

by Andrea Kuszewski

If sex makes you smarter via changes in synaptic strength following the act, can you get the same benefit from virtual sex, as long as your brain is convinced it is real at the time?

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Hey, Barbie — Show Me The Science!

by Andrea Kuszewski

While Christmas shopping with my sister and my little three year-old niece, I noticed something that rather disturbed me. And as difficult as it is for me to say this - it was Barbie.

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#31: Your Brain On Sexual Imagery

by Andrea Kuszewski

Sexual images trigger chemical reactions in your brain, which in turn compel us to act in specific ways, or be drawn to certain things, or motivated to engage in particular behaviors.

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The Sexing Up Of Science (I’m Coming Out! And So Can You!)

by Andrea Kuszewski

A few weeks ago, The Science Cheerleaders grabbed headlines with their appearance at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, where they cheered for citizen science and science literacy as well as served to provide a new kind of role model for young girls, showing them they can be both cheerleaders and scientists.

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The Essential Psychopathology Of Creativity

by Andrea Kuszewski

If we could identify a gene for creativity - let’s call it the “creativity gene” - you would be hard pressed to find many people who would consider it a negative gene or a hazard to possess or carry.

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Solutions for a Creativity Crisis: Technological Disobedience

by Andrea Kuszewski

When you think of the ideal creative environment, what comes to mind? We may imagine a place where you have freedom of expression, a place that encourages breaking convention, somewhere that is abundant in resources that are readily accessible for innovative development of technology, and exposure to many different cultures for inspiration and collaboration.

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The Neurological Orgasm

by Andrea Kuszewski

When we last spoke about sex, we discussed the neurotransmitters involved in pleasure and attraction, namely dopamine and oxytocin. Now let’s look a little deeper into the action of those neurotransmitters and how we can manipulate their action - to extend the neurological orgasm for as long as possible.

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Your Brain On Sexual Imagery

by Andrea Kuszewski

Sexual images trigger chemical reactions in your brain, which in turn compel us to act in specific ways, or be drawn to certain things, or motivated to engage in particular behaviors.

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