Mind

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The psychedelic art of Andrey Ballandin

Pop a tab, slip under an MRI and what you would see might surprise you. Brain networks that normally handle vision, attention, movement and hearing communicate with each other in novel ways, leading to what looks like a “more unified brain”. What I would like to zoom into, however, is the Default Mode Network. Scans revealed a deactivation of the tightly linked…

Research Booster

In the last weeks, I tried to give you some insides in how the digital applies to linguistics in daily life and how all of us are involved with it. I already gave you some hints about its role in academic context and I thought it would be worth to have a closer look on how it changed research and academic work…

Remembrance

As a child, we’ve all looked up at the night sky, trying to count the stars. But even that tiny piece of sky was so filled with stars that we couldn’t count them. The human mind cannot even begin to comprehend how many stars there are, and how enormous our universe is. This is perhaps not the best metaphor, but to a…

Human emotions in virtual worlds

“How can we then say that something exists and at the same time is not real?” (Brey, 2014) Virtual enviroments are really powerful. Through them, humans can actually disconnect themselves from their ordinary lives and experience a full-immersion into the virtual reality (VR). The sense of reality of physical objects is recreated by the digital objecs in virtuality. Computer systems generate virtual objects…

Riddle Me This:

Learning through games is a concept that has been around for quite some time now. ‘Tricking’ children into learning seems to be what this concept is about. I remember getting my own first GameBoy and being inseparable with the device for the first few months since it came out of the box. I genuinely think that my first second language acquisition came…