Measuring Love in an fMRI Scanner

January 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

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A charming film from Aeon Magazine – five ‘competing’ individuals generate feelings of love in an fMRI scanner at Stanford. Watch film here.

What is Universal Design?

November 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

2010 theme: Technology in the City. Seminar held at the Radisson.

Ireland’s wracked by frustration at its inept government this week but after a day with the professionals of the National Disability Authority, I have more faith in the public servants than the bumbling leadership. Donal Rice and Barbara Schmidt-Belz summed it up: ‘Bad design excludes’ they say and quote Victor Papanek that ‘Good design applies to all people’.

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Colours from the Blind Man

November 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

I found this fascinating article in The Observer today about Sargy Mann; “The Best Blind Painter in Peckham”. Unlike the amazing John Bramblitt of Texas, who paints by touch and only began after losing his vision, Sargy lived his years painting from perfect vision up to 36 years old  and all the way along the slow loss of sight over twenty years later. « Read the rest of this entry »

Seth Godin – The Lizard Brain

September 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

He has a certain way of really driving straight to the point, but in his own way. Seth Godin puts a distinct twist on describing fear, how it works, how it is part of us, how it affects everyone… More detail in the latest book Linchpin, which he considers a summary of his preceding ones.

The resistance grows in strength as we get closer to shipping, as we get closer to an insight, as we get closer to the truth of what we really want. That’s because the lizard hates change and achievement and risk.

I Remember Better When I Paint

September 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

 This is a beautiful story of how a woman remembered a comment her mother made and then persisted in following through on a hunch. Berna Huebner collaborated with doctors and art students to reintroduce painting back into her mother’s life. The documentary shows how painting can help people access parts of their memory that are otherwise inactive, when afflicted by cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Check out a review of the documentary and see the blog for information of viewings.

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