Give your hippocampus some spice

December 16th, 2010

When web users control how they learn, they learn more. How well we learn depends on a brain network that is centered on our hippocampus, and several brain networks is connects to, finds University of Illinois psychology professor Neal Cohen in a recently published a study in the journal Nature: “Having active control over a learning [...]

Edward Tolman: Pioneering Cognitive Mapping

September 6th, 2010

When you use SpicyNodes for concept mapping, it feels right. That’s by design. It feels natural because the linked nodes largely mimic the way the brain works. But while linking prior knowledge to form new connections seems intuitive, this process wasn’t acknowledged until the mid-20th century, when cognitive behavioral psychologist Edward Tolman coined the term [...]

Mapping the brain at IBM

July 30th, 2010

SpicyNodes is designed to match how our brains process information, but how does that really work? The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) published Tuesday a landmark paper entitled “Network architecture of the long-distance pathways in the macaque brain” (an open-access paper) by Modha and Singh” “We have successfully uncovered and mapped the most comprehensive long-distance network [...]