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    Inattentional blindness

    Scholarpedia, 2(5):3244. (2007).

    Daniel J. Simons

    Daniel J. Simons grew up in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), and received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Carleton College in 1991. In 1997 he was awarded a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Cornell University, moving soon after to Harvard University for an Assistant Professorship in the Department of Psychology. He was promoted in 2001, becoming a John L. Loeb Professor of the Social Sciences. In 2002 he moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology and member of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

    For his contributions to psychology Dr. Simons has has received the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award, and has been a Sloan Fellow, among many other awards. He has given invited addresses at major international conferences and sits on the editorial boards of many leading journals in psychology.

    Dr. Simons' research is primarily in the areas of visual cognition, perception, attention, and memory; most recently, he has been focusing on how humans experience a stable and continuous world. Dr. Simons has made major contributions to our understanding of the dramatic phenomena of change blindness and inattentional blindness. He also maintains an active interest in scene perception, object recognition, and visual memory.

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      Scholarpedia of Touch

      Tony J. Prescott, Ehud Ahissar, and Eugene Izhikevich, Eds. (2016). Scholarpedia of Touch. Paris: Atlantis Press.

      Touch is the ability to understand the world through physical contact. The noun “touch” and the verb “to touch” derive from the Old French verb “tochier”. Touch perception is also described by the adjectives tactile from more Icon more.png

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      Mesoscopic transport and quantum chaos

      Rodolfo A. Jalabert (2016), Scholarpedia, 11(1):30946.

      The field of Quantum Chaos, addressing the quantum manifestations of an underlying classically chaotic dynamics, was developed in... more Icon more.png

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      Artificial General Intelligence

      Ben Goertzel (2015), Scholarpedia, 10(11):31847.

      The term "Artificial General Intelligence" (often abbreviated "AGI") has no broadly accepted precise definition, but has multiple closely... more Icon more.png

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      Deep Learning

      Juergen Schmidhuber (2015), Scholarpedia, 10(11):32832.

      Deep Learning has revolutionised Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning. It is about credit assignment in adaptive systems with... more Icon more.png

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      Sridevi Polavaram and Giorgio Ascoli (2015), Scholarpedia, 10(11):1312.

      Neuroinformatics is a highly interdisciplinary field employing methods and approaches from computer science, information systems, and... more Icon more.png

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      Silicon detectors in High Energy Physics experiments

      Manfred Krammer (2015), Scholarpedia, 10(10):32486.

      Silicon detectors are widely used in experiments in particle physics. The application of this detector technology is mostly for... more Icon more.png

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