Archive for September, 2014

Quantum mechanics and artificial intelligence

Posted by

Quantum-enhanced deliberation of learning agents using trapped ions Vedran Dunjko, Nicolai Friis, & Hans Briegel, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Innsbruck University & Ruder Boskovic Institute :: arXiv:1407.2830v1 [quant-ph] 10 Jul 2014  Summary and review of the above paper The authors attempt to use quantum mechanics in the development of artificial intelligence. As part of this scheme, they use a projective simulation (PS) agent a memory system, which is explored by random walks, Read more […]

Emotional and Cognitive Processing

Posted by

The field of affective neuroscience, initiated by Panksepp and Ledoux, embraces the concept that emotional processes are based on brain structures that operate in parallel with cognitive processes, and can thus influence behaviour independently of cognition.

Calcium ions and consciousness

Posted by

Proteins in the open system of the living cell reduce entropy locally at the cost of increasing it in the surrounding environment. Living systems are thus kept in a low entropy state without violating the Second Law of Thermodynamics, and this allows physiochemical activity that drives living processes. Energy from glucose sustains the low entropy of cells. Phosphorylation of proteins sustains them in an active state, and the energy is obtained from blood glucose controlled by protein kinases.

Conscious alteration of emotional processing

Posted by

Orthodox theories are not successful in explaining the causal interaction between mental experiences and events in the brain. Since the year 2000, neuroimaging studies have shown that the activity of brain regions involved in emotional processing can be consciously and volitionally altered. This paper seeks to demonstrate the causal influence of such phenomena as thoughts, on the brain, and on subsequent behaviour. Thus beliefs, goals and expectations are seen as being related to behaviour.