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Artist Chuck Close's self-portrait

Chuck Close: How Face Recognition Deficit and Dyslexia Created a Genius.

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January 19, 2015

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Clinical Conditions, Cognition & the brain, Michaeli, Neurobiology, Psychology & behavior:

Artist Chuck Close has face recognition deficit-he overcame it by building portraits from cells on a grid mimicking the brain’s facial recognition process.

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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD, author of The Doctor Weighs In on Everything

After the Singularity: What’s a Computer To Do?

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December 22, 2014

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Big data, Cognition & the brain, Evolution, Michaeli, Psychology & behavior, Technology in healthcare:

Post-singularity cyborgs will face a choice between annihilating or enslaving humans. They will probably choose the model of the honeybee society, where all is centrally controlled.

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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD, author of The Doctor Weighs In on Everything

The Dawn of the Age of Singularity

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December 7, 2014

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Big data, Challenges, Challenges, Cognition & the brain, Evolution, Michaeli, Psychology & behavior, Technology in healthcare:

Computers getting faster exponentially. At one point they will become sentient and may take over their own fate. This may spell extinction of human race.

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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD, author of The Doctor Weighs In on Everything

When It Comes to Happiness, Mid-Forties Suck, but Seventies Soar

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November 30, 2014

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Aging, anti-aging & longevity, Evolution, Medicine: wellness & disease, Mental health, Michaeli:

The young are optimistic, but then satisfaction declines; midlife crisis is the nadir of a U-shaped curve of human happiness. But take heart, as we age, we get happier.

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Dov Michaeli MD, PhD is author of The Doctor Weighs In (On Everything)

The Neurobiology of Cooperation

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November 23, 2014

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Cognition & the brain, Evolution, Michaeli, Neurobiology, Psychology & behavior:

Cooperation is hard-wired in our, and most other mammals’ brains. The reason these species are still around is because they “chose” the winning strategy of cooperation.

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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD, author of The Doctor Weighs In on Everything

Brain-to-Brain Communication (Telepathy), Really?

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November 16, 2014

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Cognition & the brain, Faith and religion, Michaeli, Psychology & behavior:

Telepathy was in disrepute until the EEG and the Internet made brain-to-brain communication a reality.

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Robert Koch

Germ Theory: What’s Koch Got to Do with It?

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November 9, 2014

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History of medical science, Michaeli:

Robert Koch and Louis Pasteur both established the “germ theory” as the basis for infectious diseases, but their accomplishments were marred by personal animosity, hubris, and scientific misconduct.

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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD, author of The Doctor Weighs In on Everything

Getting a Whole Brain Workout with Music

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November 2, 2014

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Aging, anti-aging & longevity, Cognition & the brain, Evolution, Innovation/innovative companies, Mental health, Michaeli, Neurobiology, Psychology & behavior, Technology in healthcare, Wellness, Wireless Health:

Music has been with us since the dawn of our species. It activates a large portion of the brain and causes the release of hormones that increase pleasure and social interaction, and reduces stress hormones. SingFit, an app that leverages music with technology, promises to become a therapeutic modality in psychotherapy.

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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD, TDWI contributor

We Believe What We Want to Believe

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October 26, 2014

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Cognition & the brain, Ebola, Evolution, Michaeli, Neurobiology, Psychology & behavior:

Our brain is programmed to experience fear, however irrational. Our bias to confirm our hypothesis and our overestimating and overweighting of rare events is responsible.

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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD, author of The Doctor Weighs In on Everything

Ebola: The Psychology and Politics of Hysteria

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October 19, 2014

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Ebola, Global Health, Health care & health policy, Michaeli, Neurobiology, Psychology & behavior, Public Health:

The Ebola scare has deep biological roots. We are programmed to fear the unknown and be averse to to losses. Some politicians exploit it for personal gain. They should be exposed and repudiated.

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