How Magic Changes Our Expectations About Autism

submitted by: GustavKuhn
In the vanishing-ball illusion, the magician’s social cues misdirect the audience’s expectations and attention so that the audience “sees” a ball vanish in the air. Because individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are less sensitive to social cues and have superior perception for nonsocial details compared with typically developing individuals, we predicted that they would be less susceptible to the illusion. Surprisingly, the opposite result was found, as individuals with ASD...
Authors: Anastasia Kourkoulou, Gustav Kuhn, Susan r. Leekam

San Diego Science Festival -- Nifty Fifty -- Dr. Javier Movellan

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Dr. Javier Movellan speaks to students of Sacred Heart Middle School about machine intelligence.

UC San Diego's Einstein Robot Has 'Emotional Intelligence'

submitted by: ucsandiego

Albert Einstein may have written his last scientific theory more than half a century ago, but he's still honing his emotional intelligence in a laboratory at the University of California, San Diego. Scientists at UC San Diego's California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) have equipped a robot modeled after the famed theoretical physicist with specialized software that allows it to interact with humans in a relatively natural, conversational way.

The Symmetry of Uracil Translated into a Model Energy Genealogy

submitted by: hsrikm
Though synthesis of Uracil is not possible to accomplish from its' naturally apparent parts it is physically divisible into two symmetrical fragments that are mirror images of one another. A model is presented in animated form that associates a transparent energy divide to this situation as a basic universal parity that enables the existence of the cell as a genetic transmission, relates nucleic acid structure to a transparent energy scale that is based distances along a mobius...