Michael Graziano

Michael Graziano is a neuroscientist, novelist and composer. He is Professor of Neuroscience at Princeton University in New Jersey. His latest book is Consciousness and the Social Brain (2013).

Written by Michael Graziano

Big Burger by Tjalf Sparnaay 2015, 180 x 120 cm, oil on linen. Courtesy Bernarducci Meisel Gallery New York

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Mood and emotion
The hunger mood

Hunger isn’t in your stomach or your blood-sugar levels. It’s in your mind – and that’s where we need to shape up

Michael Graziano

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Cognition and intelligence
Build-a-brain

We could build an artificial brain that believes itself to be conscious. Does that mean we have solved the hard problem?

Michael Graziano

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Evolution
The first smile

Why do laughter, smiles and tears look so similar? Perhaps because they all evolved from a single root

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Education
An inconvenient child

My six-year-old son was suspended as a danger to others. His crime? A disability you could find in any classroom

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'You could walk around a simulated city street, feel a cool breeze, enjoy yourself.' Photo courtesy IGN/Playstation Home
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Computing and artificial intelligence
Endless fun

The question is not whether we can upload our brains onto a computer, but what will become of us when we do

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Consciousness and altered states
How the light gets out

Consciousness is the ‘hard problem’, the one that confounds science and philosophy. Has a new theory cracked it?

Michael Graziano