Be very skeptical of what you read on the Internet today… [including this?] (via Triangle Business Journal).
Day: April 1, 2011
The Neuroscience of Humor
“What makes an April Fools’ prank hilarious? A cognitive scientist’s (actually funny) new book shows how the brain breaks down the elements of a joke and why we laugh.” (via The Daily Beast).
Paralyzed woman conducts orchestra with her mind
“A British woman with locked-in syndrome has been able to conduct an orchestra using just the power of her thoughts.The woman is only able to make eye, facial and slight head movements orllowing a stroke which left her paralyzed.But, monitored using electroencephalography EEG, she wore a cap with electrodes which picked up different patterns in her brainwaves depending on what she was looking at on a screen – in this case objects flickering at different frequencies.This ‘frequency-following’ effect was then adapted so that the different frequencies related to different musical instruments which the patient operated with her eyes. After a couple of hours of the trial, the patient was able to play a mini orchestra solo, just by brainpower alone.” (via TG Daily)