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Encephalon #25 arrives June 20, 2007

Posted by Johan in Developmental Psychology, Links, Social Neuroscience.

Grab it now at Psyblog. Some favourite posts:

Developing Intelligence reports on some evidence that children have a difficult time telling fantasy from reality. This notion may seem common sense, but this is one of the first empirical demonstrations I’ve heard of.

Omnibrain posted a video of a laughing rat, which almost made me run out and get one for myself.

Finally, Memoirs of a Postgrad explains what embodiment means, as applied in embodied cognition but also in AI research. With mirror neurons being all the rage these days, embodied theories are everywhere. This post is a nice introduction to what the fuss is all about. It’s worth emphasising that embodiment theories preceded  the discovery of mirror neurons, and indeed, it’s not clear that mirror neurons are necessary for embodied representations on a neural level.



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