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Your Brain and Improv – Charles Limb

 

Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation — so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. What he and his team found has deep implications for our understanding of creativity of all kinds.

 

 

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Intelligence in Creative Processes: An EEG study

Intelligence and creativity are usually studied as two separate cognitive faculties assessed with standard problems having well- or ill-defined problem spaces; intelligence primarily focuses on finding the correct solution, creativity on generating new approaches. The view emerges, however, that they play complementary roles and may be more related than research recognizes. In the present study, participants (N = 52) created their own intelligence tasks: 3 × 3 matrices featuring relations between geometrical components. Using task related alpha synchronization, we demonstrated that intelligence integrates with creativity in a problem solving process evolving in open problem space. Activity was especially visible at prefrontal and frontal sites when information processing was most demanding, i.e., at the start of the creative process due to multiplicity of ideas, and at the end due to narrowing down alternatives. This research could open the way to an approach to cognition where intelligence-related abilities are studied in open problem spaces.

https://www.sowi.uni-kl.de/fileadmin/frueh/publications/pub2015/Jaarsveld_2015_Intelligence_in_creative_processes_18.02.2015.pdf

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An examination of the multidimensionality of flow construct in a computer-mediated environment

As the Web becomes a part of peoples’ everyday lives, there is a growing need to understand user behaviour on the Web. Recently, the flow construct has been proposed as important for understanding the nature of user online experience. Researchers assert that the benefits of flow online include increased learning, exploratory and positive behavior, positive subjective experience, and perceived sense of control over their interaction. Overall, flow could affect outcomes such as navigation patterns and repeat visits on commercial Web sites. Although widely studied over the past years, a review of the literature indicates discrepancies among various flow models and some unclear conceptualization and operationalization of the construct. This paper examined flow according to two specific conceptualizations with respect to its measurement, and tests each conceptualization in an identical nomological network. The results indicate that there is better fit of a reflective flow model compared with a formative flow model to the study data. The results of the study may aid in the understanding of the relationships between the higher order flow construct and its first order dimensions, which may help inform system designers to better assess flow and, thus, be more conducive to flow.

http://web.csulb.edu/journals/jecr/issues/20051/paper2.pdf

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Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness

Consciousness is no longer a threatening notion in the community of AI. In human beings, consciousness corresponds to a collection of different features of human cognition. AI researchers are interested in understanding and, whether achievable, to replicate them in agents. It is fair to claim that there is a broad consensus about the distinction between the phenomenal and the cognitive aspects of consciousness (sometimes referred to as P- and A-Consciousness). The former problem is somehow related with the so-called hard problem and requires deep theoretical commitments. The latter problems are more frequently if not successfully addressed by the AI community. By and large, several models are competing to suggest the better way to deal with cognitive aspects of consciousness allegedly missing from traditional AI implementations. The AAAI Symposium on AI and Consciousness presents an overview on the current state of the art of consciousness inspired AI research.

http://www.consciousness.it/CAI/online_papers/Chella%20Manzotti%20-%20Introductory%20Paper.pdf

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Intelligent games; games intelligence

IGGI’s (Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence) PhD programme is an exciting chance to research cutting-edge topics, work with world-leading academics and top technology companies like Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and 22cans. The four year programme will give you the practical skills and theoretical grounding to succeed within the industry.

http://www.iggi.org.uk

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/insects-are-conscious-claims-major-paper-that-could-show-us-how-our-own-thoughts-began-a7002151.html

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The Quest to Understand Consciousness

Here Damasio explains how consciousness is a perception of shifts from a ‘normative’ state, as determined by sensorial input.

 

Q: what would an EIM version of this be?

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Original provocation invitation

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