Daniel Bear


Stanford University

I'm a postdoc at Stanford trying to understand the links between artificial and biological intelligence โ€“ while they're both still around. In my past life (graduate school) I studied the sense of smell, the search for meaning in our chemical environment. Above all, I want to know how both evolution and experience shape the ways we perceive the world.

Artificial intelligence isn't a 'black box.' It's a key to studying the brain

Algorithms can help us see how our unconscious processes work โ€“ if we understand their language

How machine learning is helping neuroscientists understand the brain

An expert argues that neuroscience is using the wrong metaphors

Here's what happened when researchers raised monkeys who never saw a face

We may not be hardwired to recognize faces after all

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We're beginning to understand why spinal cord tissue is so hard to heal

A group of recent findings may eventually pave the way for better treatments

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Can MDMA help people with autism overcome social anxiety?

An expert lays out a cautiously optimistic case for using the psychedelic in therapy

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How does the developing brain learn to perceive the world before it can see it?

Our eyes work when we're born, even though they've never been exposed to light

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