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Daniel Bor
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Attended Oxford University
Lives in Cambridge, UK
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  • University of Sussex
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  • MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
  • Cambridge University
  • University of Sussex
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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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Our preprint up on #biorxiv showing a failure to replicate the Rounis 2010 TMS-DLPFC metacognition impairment paper http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2016/06/09/058032
Neuroimaging studies commonly associate dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) and posterior parietal cortex with conscious perception. However, such studies only investigate correlation, rather than causation. In addition, many studies conflate objective performance with subjective awareness. In an influential recent paper, Rounis and colleagues addressed these issues by showing that theta burst transcranial magnetic stimulation (tbs-TMS) applie...
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The Dream of a Silicon Mind: my blog-post describing the neuroscience that makes transhumanism a distant fantasy:
Computer Consciousness? Last month I gave a public talk at the Salon Club in London about computer consciousness, as part of a lively evening of talks exploring on the ways that artificial intellig…
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Finally received copies of the Chinese translation of my book, The Ravenous Brain.
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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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How much do we really know about the human brain so far? My latest blogpost tries to answer this question: 
Computer Consciousness? Last month I gave a public talk at the Salon Club in London about computer consciousness, as part of a lively evening of talks exploring on the ways that artificial intellig…
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I'm giving a consciousness talk on Thursday, as part of @SalonLondon event on AI. Should be a fascinating evening: http://www.salon-london.com/content/Events/Event/event-LXXXVIII-85
Salon does artificial intelligence.
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My review of +David Eagleman 's excellent, thought-provoking upcoming book, BRAIN, in Nature: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v526/n7571/full/526041a.html
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PATTERNITY -new book out today, on science and culture of patterns, with quotes from me. Check out @guardian article: http://gu.com/p/4bqm7/stw
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Should we all spend our office hours walking? I do, feel more focused and healthy, would never go back to sitting: 
Introduction I work from home a lot and about 20 months ago I converted my home office to one where I could stand or walk as I worked at the computer. For both health and productivity, it’s the bes...
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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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