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  1. Giancarlo Mirmillo
    Giancarlo Mirmillo at |

    Dear Kyle,
    as a psychologist I have always known the importance of system 2, in the words of Kahneman.
    The influence of emotion on memory, either explicit or implicit, are well known.
    Now we have to take a step forward and look at the development of cognitive modeling, the study of the formalization of cognitive phenomena.
    Tools such as act-r (http://act-r.psy.cmu.edu/) ACT-R is a cognitive architecture: a theory for simulating and understanding human cognition. Researchers working on ACT-R strive to understand how people organize knowledge and produce intelligent behavior. As the research continues, ACT-R evolves ever closer into a system which can perform the full range of human cognitive tasks: capturing in great detail the way we perceive, think about, and act on the world.
    Researchers have developed models related to decision making and the role of emotions.
    At Demologics (the evolution of aicon.me) we provide market research tools that apply the latest discoveries in neuroscience and cognitive modeling without forgetting the rules and methods of social research.
    There are interesting models which we are applying that explain the relationship between emotions and memory, we read emotions through a software for decoding facial expressions and process the data in relation to the models developed by the cognitive neurosciences with predictive interesting results.

  2. Thomas Zoëga Ramsøy, PhD
    Thomas Zoëga Ramsøy, PhD at |

    Hi Kyle,

    Great post! I guess you would appreciate knowing about another phenomenon well covered in neuropsychology and neurology, entitled “confabulation”. In this condition, we see that patients not only have deficits but also make up stories that seem to make sense and coherence to them.

    Take for example one of my previous patients: he had suffered a stroke to his right parietal lobe and was paralysed in most of the left side of his body. Consequently he was in a wheelchair. Besides this, everything to his left side did not exist to him: his left visual fiel, the left side of his face, all a condition well known as unilateral neglect.

    But here are some interesting observations. When asked to wave his right hand, he did so fine. But when asked to wave his left hand, nothing happened, of course, but after a few second he asked if he could take down his arm. Furthermore, he was unaware of his state and claimed that he could in fact walk and work. When confronted with the fact that he was in a wheelchair, he replied that that was only because he liked being pushed around by the cute nurses…

    Thee instances of make believe in neuropsychology are well documented and quite frequent events for a practitioner. But the problem is that it does not stop there: it also happens to us in our everyday lives. Examples such as the illusion of control is just one of many, in which our internal narrator makes up a story that is incoherent with external facts.

  3. Rocio Szpilfeigel
    Rocio Szpilfeigel at |

    Dear Kyle, l
    Looking up TGA for the first time your blog is the first I opened. Maybe you can guide me with some advise since my son only 19 suffered an episode and we ended up at the emergency room, not knowing what was going on!!!!.

    I would greatly appreciate your comments since he is far from 50 and with what certainty can he live a normal live without having this reocurr he seems to be in that low % of exeption to the rules. Will he be a ticking bomb for life?? Concerned Mom


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