Empathy in Artificial Intelligence

An article by Forbes features research on the neurobiology of emotional intelligence and addresses implications for the design of artificial intelligence.

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By imaging the brain, scientists can predict a person’s aptitude for training

U. of I. psychology professor Aron Barbey and his colleagues found that the relative size of specific brain regions predicted how much a person would benefit from interventions designed to enhance fluid intelligence.

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DARPA Awards $10M to Barbey and colleagues for projects on human performance optimization.

 


“Our goal in this project is to improve how the individual war fighter identifies, measures, and tracks personalized biomarkers and therefore to help them prepare more effectively for specialized roles in their military career” said Aron Barbey, a professor of psychology. “We will work closely with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as part of the test and evaluation team for the Measuring Biological Aptitude program.”

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will fund two projects for research on human performance optimization within United States war fighters at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

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Mensa honors Barbey for neuroscience research on human intelligence

 

For Neuroscience Research on the Network Architecture of Human Intelligence, Barbey Wins the Second Mensa Foundation Prize

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Advancing the Science of Human and Machine Intelligence: Forging Connections between Psychology, Neuroscience, and Engineering.

Barbey edits Special Issue in the Journal Intelligence, entitled “Advancing the Science of Human and Machine Intelligence: Forging Connections between Psychology, Neuroscience, and Engineering.”

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The Biological Roots of Intelligence

An article by The Scientist explores the biological roots of intelligence, featuring the Network Neuroscience Theory and contemporary research on human intelligence.

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Larger sample sizes needed to increase reproducibility in neuroscience studies

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Small sample sizes in studies using functional MRI to investigate brain connectivity and function are common in neuroscience, despite years of warnings that such studies likely lack sufficient statistical power. A new analysis reveals that task-based fMRI experiments involving typical sample sizes of about 30 participants are only modestly replicable. This means that independent efforts to repeat the experiments are as likely to challenge as to confirm the original results.

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Decision-making is shaped by individual differences in the functional brain connectome

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Each day brings with it a host of decisions to be made, and each person approaches those decisions differently. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that these individual differences are associated with variation in specific brain networks – particularly those related to executive, social and perceptual processes.

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