Author Archives: Richard Cytowic

Why Advertising Falls Flat in Individuals With Autism

Individuals with autism may be impervious to misleading marketing. Mental differences are often considered weaknesses, but autism may not be entirely a disability. Continue reading

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There Is a New Link Between Screen-Time and Autism

Don’t expect boys to “grow out of” their obsession with screens. Continue reading

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Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating

Answering questions you would never have thought to ask, Charles Spence reveals how eating and taste have everything to do with the brain and almost nothing to do with the tongue. Continue reading

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Can You Hear What You See? More So Than You Imagine

Some forms of synesthesia are shockingly common. Continue reading

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The Fortune Teller: A Novel

Another tale by Womack that can’t be put down. Superb storytelling. Rounded characters. Stakes worth killing—or dying—for. This is summer reading for every season. Continue reading

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A Semantic Survey of Emotions

What are your thoughts about orange? Is magenta fast or listless? Continue reading

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Reality Lies Beyond What We Can Perceive

Objective reality is an illusion: we re-construct the world around ourselves. Continue reading

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Young Leonardo: The Evolution of a Revolutionary Artist, 1472–1499

A corrective look at Leonardo’s first 27 professional years when he was snubbed, struggled, and departed Florence thwarted and penniless. Continue reading

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How Music Works

Byrne touches on a broad array of forces that influence and shape the musical experience—from how it is created, performed, recorded, and distributed to more personally meaningful aspects . . . Continue reading

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Why Brains Won’t Be Beaten by Supercomputers, or Terminators

Are we engineering our way to extinction? Should we fear machines taking over, or can we solve our way out of this puzzle? Continue reading

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Keynote at the COLORI exhibit in Turin

In January, I gave the keynote lecture opening “The Color of Emotion in Art,” or COLORI, at Turin’s Civic Gallery of Modern Art, GAM, and Castello di Rivoli museum. Continue reading

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The Shadow Doctor

We are only charged with loving people. The rest is not our responsibility. I would rather work with a fountain pen than be supplied with a nice, safe crayon in an institution. Continue reading

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Is Organic Food a Scam?

Eggs all in one basket? Organic food isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Continue reading

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Heart of the Machine: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence

The future projected by the futurist Yonck sounds too much like the world of the Jetsons. Which begs the question: Why are futurists so often wrong, and why do we listen to them given their poor track record? Continue reading

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Why Carl Sagan’s 1995 Prediction Seems So Prescient

Optimism bias is an evolutionary survival tactic. Continue reading

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