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Daniel Bor
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  • MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
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I've worked for about 13 years as a research scientist, studying cognitive neuroscience, mainly at Cambridge, UK (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit), where I still live.

I took a small break from research in 2008, to become a writer.  My first book, a popular science book on the science of consciousness, THE RAVENOUS BRAIN, will be out on 1st September 2012 (published by Basic Books, US).  My second book will probably be a novel about science, but I haven't as yet approached publishers for this.

I also occasionally write articles for popular science magazines, such as Scientific American, and would be keen to do more of this, time permitting.

As of Feb 2010, I returned to research, mainly carrying out neuroimaging work exploring the nature consciousness and how the brain supports this unique process, at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK.

As a scientist, I've carried out research (mainly brain-scanning) on intelligence, strategic thinking, memory, mathematical thinking and chunking.  I've studied normal people, those with focal brain damage, and people with autism and synaesthesia.  I mainly carried out research into the prefrontal cortex in the human brain.

I've been married to Rachana Ramarao since 2001, and our first child, a daughter, Lalana, was born in August 2010.
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Really nice write-up by +Clare Wilson on our recent article showing that you can train adults to have synesthetic experiences:
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Our paper on training adults to acquire synesthetic experiences (and gain IQ boost) just published in (Nature-) Scientific Reports
Synesthesia is a condition where presentation of one perceptual class consistently evokes additional experiences in different perceptual categories. Synesthesia is widely considered a congenital condition, although an alternative view is that it is underpinned by repeated exposure to combined perceptual features at key developmental stages. Here we explore the potential for repeated associative learning to shape and engender synesthetic experienc...
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Apple R&D coming to Cambridge (UK)? 
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Had great time over the last two days at the BBC Radio / Wellcome Trust Workshop with lots of fascinating writers, producers and co-scientists. Hopefully our pitches will lead to science-inspired Radio 4 dramas at some point.
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Pleased to find prediction from my book, THE RAVENOUS BRAIN, that synesthesia more common in autistics is true: 
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Also see this paper just published with the same message: http://www.frontiersin.org/human_neuroscience/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00847/abstract
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Feeling blue? Grey more like. Anxious/depressive mood reduces brightness and coloration for synesthetic experience of letters. Fascinating study by Julia Simner and colleagues
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Press release by University of Sussex on our study (out today) on training adults to acquire synesthetic experiences (and boost IQ, provisionally!), published in Nature-Scientific Reports
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Our paper on evidence for normal subjects showing "blind insight" (sort of the opposite of blindsight) just out. Could ruffle quite a few feathers!
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Finally finished all lectures in MIT introductory open physics course 8.01. Walter Lewin is a new hero of mine. A totally brilliant, crystal-clear lecturer. Very inspiring from start to finish. Now onto next course of his, I guess!
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Ah - now I finally understand thanksgiving: 
This is the fourth installment of a continuing series in which American events are described using the tropes and tone normally employed by the American media to describe events in other countries.   WASHINGTON, D.C., United States—On Wednesday morning, this normally bustling capital city became a ghost town as most of its...
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