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Bigthink.com: Personalized “deep learning” equips robots for autism therapy

Bigthink.com: Personalized “deep learning” equips robots for autism therapy

Children with autism spectrum conditions often have trouble recognizing the emotional states of people around them — distinguishing a happy face from a fearful face, for instance. To remedy this, some therapists use a kid-friendly robot to demonstrate those emotions and to engage the children in imitating the emotions

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Bigthink.com: Schizophrenia is likely a side effect of our brain's complex evolution

Bigthink.com: Schizophrenia is likely a side effect of our brain's complex evolution

Schizophrenia affects only about 1% of the US population. The condition is typified by confused thoughts and speech, delusions and hallucinations. Symptoms start off gradual and become more severe over time. It’s thought that schizophrenia is a latent condition that’s triggered by some type of event in a person’s life,

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Bigthink.com: A test for autism is on the horizon, powered by A.I.

Bigthink.com: A test for autism is on the horizon, powered by A.I.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a very broad set of neurodevelopmental conditions. Around 1 in 160 children have it worldwide. It’s a much larger ratio in the U.S. at 1 in 68. While symptoms vary significantly, those who experience ASD often have trouble communicating, managing their emotions or developing social skills.

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Bigthink.com: Researchers just discovered a genetic link between alcoholism, autism, bipolar disorder …

Bigthink.com: Researchers just discovered a genetic link between alcoholism, autism, bipolar disorder …

In his book, The Gene, journalist and physician Siddhartha Mukherjee borrows Richard Dawkins’s description to describe genes, not as “blueprints” but “recipes” that specify processes inside of our bodies; he calls them “formula for forms.” Our understanding of disease must now consider the most elementary of molecules, he continues. In order

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Bigthink.com: The Jealousy Brain Circuit Has Been Discovered in Monkeys. Here's What It Means for Us.

Bigthink.com: The Jealousy Brain Circuit Has Been Discovered in Monkeys. Here's What It Means for Us.

Jealousy. The green-eyed monster. We’ve all felt it at one time or another. In relationships, it’s often motivated by more powerful, underlying emotions such as envy, insecurity, anger, or the fear of abandonment or rejection. Psychologists say jealousy, like all emotions, isn’t good or bad, it just is. It’s how

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