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Work could heal the mind: microtasking from a cognitive perspective

Posted on by Katri Saarikivi

… therapy is based on training the neurocognitive functions that have deteriorated because of the mental illness. Cognitive remediation therapies can also include a metacognitive aspect through verbalizing and becoming aware of thought processes involved in completing the exercises.

Work can support wellbeing

In addition to its specific therapeutic benefits, cognitive remediation therapy provides the mind with stimulation and purpose. The mind needs purposeful action to heal itself, …

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Crowdfunding the future: Mad science, bad science, and the Tesla Museum

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… growing increasingly impatient, the madness began to overwhelm the science, and Tesla suffered a mental breakdown. Wardenclyffe was foreclosed, and the site has been abandoned ever since.

This sad tale raises an interesting question: if Tesla had crowdfunded his research instead of relying on impatient big wigs, would we now be free from the tyranny of endless power cables (and have an unlimited supply of hats )? Is crowdfunding the key to unlocking the potential of the misunderstood …

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Crowdfunding donations: Is giving me your money a good idea?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Trail.

As far as I could tell, these are two grown, healthy adults, with no physical or mental obstacles preventing them from supporting themselves. And while I’m glad they’ve set themselves some goals (mine are better), I’m unclear as to how their “needs” justify a donation page. Even if I was a close friend of one of these people, I would think that they might be better off just saving up for their trip like the rest of us do. To me the whole category seems out of place …

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An Eye for the Eye: Mapping Retinal Neurons with the Crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

If you’ve ever had a close encounter of the lamppost kind you’ll know that the eye can sometimes deceive us. But considering just how complex the eye is you might think it would let us down more often.

You may remember from your high school biology classes that basically (very basically) light enters the eye through the pupil and falls on photo receptive cells called …

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Food52: a recipe for crowdsourcing success?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… has big ambitions. This year the company began a (no doubt very lucrative) partnership with US health food giant Whole Foods. They have also just launched a Holiday Cookbook iPad app. It’s still early days but, for now, Food52 seems to have cornered the market in “cooking social”.

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