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Familiar categories of mental functions such as perception, memory and attention reflect our experience of ourselves, but they are misleading about how the brain works. More revealing approaches are emerging.
Crows recently demonstrated an understanding of the concept of zero. It’s only the latest evidence of animals’ talents for numerical abstraction — which may still differ from our own grasp of numbers.
Some populations of neurons simultaneously process sensations and memories. New work shows how the brain rotates those representations to prevent interference.
The learning algorithm that enables the runaway success of deep neural networks doesn’t work in biological brains, but researchers are finding alternatives that could.
New research finds that the subjective experience of time is linked to learning, thwarted expectations and neural fatigue.
The heartbeat and other bodily processes play a surprising role in shaping perception and cognition.
A brain circuit that suppresses distracting sensory information holds important clues about attention and other cognitive processes.
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