bigthink.com Nobel Prize-winning neuropsychiatrist Eric Kandel describes research which hints at the possibility of a biological basis to the unconscious mind. Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd — Eric Kandel’s latest book is “The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present” (amzn.to
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John R. Anderson believes that one of the things that makes us as humans unique is our ability to pick up a brand new competence — whether it’s driving a car or solving math problems. This notion has driven Anderson to spend the past four decades researching how the brain works and creating better ways for students to learn. Anderson, the RK Mellon University Professor of Psychology and Computer Science, joined the Carnegie Mellon University faculty in 1978 and developed the Adaptive Control of Thought (ACT) theory, which provides an overall organization of human thought and cognition. He then took the theory a step further and led a team that created an intelligent computer tutor to teach algebra to high school students, essentially re-defining the field of cognitive psychology by doing what is often impossible: taking a theory and applying it in a real world setting. For these achievements, Anderson recently received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science, an honor given to trailblazers in science, business and technology. Previous honorees include Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Allen Newell, the late CMU professor and one of Anderson’s mentors.