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Motor Control and Timing in the Brain

Author:movellan @ November 17th, 2008 Leave a Comment

Michael A. Long1 & Michale S. Fee (2008) Using temperature to analyse temporal
dynamics in the songbird motor pathway. Vol 456.

Associative Learning of Social Value

Author:movellan @ November 17th, 2008 Leave a Comment

See link below to recent Nature Article on associative learning of social value.

Timothy E. J. Behrens1,2*, Laurence T. Hunt1,2*, Mark W. Woolrich1 & Matthew F. S. Rushworth1,2 (2008) Associative Learning of Social Value, Nature, Vol 456.

Google Video Chat

Author:nick @ November 12th, 2008 Leave a Comment

Google has introduced an in-browser video chat feature for its internet-based mail client, GMail. It seems to work quite simply and effectively across platform (I’ve used it for Mac-PC). It requires installation of browser plug-ins.

We may want to consider this as a platform for having meetings with collaborators.

More information here: http://mail.google.com/videochat

Pentland’s book on nonlinguistic communication

Author:ianfasel @ November 4th, 2008 Leave a Comment

Check out this new book from Sandy Pentland:

Honest Signals: How They Shape Our World

Here’s a quote from the description on Amazon:

Pentland, an MIT professor, has used a specially designed digital sensor worn like an ID badge—a “sociometer”—to monitor and analyze the back-and-forth patterns of signaling among groups of people. He and his researchers found that this second channel of communication, revolving not around words but around social relations, profoundly influences major decisions in our lives—even though we are largely unaware of it. Pentland presents the scientific background necessary for understanding this form of communication, applies it to examples of group behavior in real organizations, and shows how by “reading” our social networks we can become more successful at pitching an idea, getting a job, or closing a deal. Using this “network intelligence” theory of social signaling, Pentland describes how we can harness the intelligence of our social network to become better managers, workers, and communicators.