Can Machines Have Feelings?

Robot with Feeling

Of course not is the intuitive and immediate answer that this question would most likely get. But let’s not be so fast. There is a field in computing called Affective Computing whose goal is to create machines that can detect and interpret human emotions. It uses the appraisal theory of emotions as its guide. This theory is one of the most influential theories of emotions and it is able to bridge the gap between emotions and the symbolic reasoning process favored by the builders of artificial intelligence (AI).

Appraisal Theory

According to the Appraisal Theory, humans determine how they feel about a certain event and entity using a series of template evaluation process. First, we evaluate how novel or familiar something is. Then, we weigh how likely it is to cause a positive or a negative experience in congruence with our goals. Then we evaluate our coping potential: can we influence and control it, can we change it in ways that makes it beneficial to us. Our brains ultimately translate this series of evaluations into a certain feeling towards the event or entity. If it is something familiar, pleasant, reasonably controllable, and congruent with our goals, we are likely to experience positive emotions towards it. If it is something new, unpleasant, out of control, and incongruent with our goals, we are likely to hate it.

So What Does This Mean For Machines?

If the emotional process can be broken down into a series of evaluations with more or less binary outcomes (novel/familiar, controllable/uncontrollable, etc.), then these operations can be performed not just by a human but by a machine too. If we could develop algorithms parallel to the process human brains use to make decisions about familiarity, valence, controllability, and goal congruence, the process through which an emotion is created can be performed by a machine.

Admittedly, we are a long way from the moment when a machine will feel happy or scared, but the Appraisal Theory of emotions provides a roadmap for how we can teach machines to process human emotions.

Stay tuned to learn how machines can learn to detect and interpret human emotions.

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Try Our New Game of the Month: Flip Shapes!

Fit Brains Flip Shapes

We’re excited to introduce our latest fun game, Flip Shapes! And, we’re celebrating our launch by giving you FREE access for a limited time to this exclusive PREMIUM web game. From now through June 22nd, you can play for free. Entertain and train your visual-spatial skills. Do you have what it takes to beat the top score? Start your challenge today. We bet you’ll love it! Try Flip Shapes now.

How to Play
Can you spot the difference? Look at two shapes and determine if they are the same or mirror images. Both speed and accuracy count! Are you ready for the challenge? This game is easy to pick up but hard to put down.

What You’ll Train
This visual-spatial game helps to strengthen your ability to mentally rotate objects and observe subtle differences.

You only need 5 minutes with this game to train your brain. But, you’ll be having so much fun that you’ll want to continue playing! Try Fit Brains new game Flip Shapes today.  Sign up for our FREE TRIAL or login to your account!  Don’t wait, it’s only free to play through June 22nd!

You’ll love this game AND your results!


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Introducing our All-New & Improved Games and Website!


Fit Brains New and Improved Games and Website

Our Biggest Update is Here! We’re excited to introduce the All New and Improved Fit Brains website and games. To celebrate, we’re giving you a FREE 5 day trial to our website. Now you can enjoy the best Fit Brains has to offer when you sign up to play from Enjoy the same smart fun, but with a sleeker, easier to use experience. Check out now. It’s where you can access the most games and the most fun!

What’s New?

1. Sleek Smart Look
We’ve upped the fun by giving our most popular games a fresh new look and feel. With 60+ games that train cognitive and emotional intelligence, we continue to offer the most games and the most variety of any brain trainer. Now you’ll enjoy a fresh game experience that will keep you coming back for more. Training for better game scores just got a whole lot more entertaining. Are you up for the challenge?

2. Easy to Use Site
We’re sure you’ll find both our new mobile and desktop site easier to use and improved in overall look and feel. We’ve taken care to create an optimal and seamless experience whether you log into our Fit Brains website from your phone, tablet or computer.

You’ll love the updated games AND your results!


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Introducing Our New Game of the Month: Blinking Lights!

Fit Brains New Game Blinking Lights

We’re excited to introduce our latest game, Blinking Lights! And, we’re celebrating our launch by giving you FREE access for a limited time to this exclusive PREMIUM web game. From now through May 29th, you can play for free. Entertain and train your focus. Got what it takes to set the top score? Start your challenge now with this addictive game. You’ll love it at first tap! Try Blinking Lights now.

How to Play

Closely watch the pattern of lights flashing. Can you repeat the pattern? Play this web exclusive game on

What You’ll Train

This fun game will stimulate your ability to concentrate while memorizing repetitive information. You only need 5 minutes with this game to train your brain. But, you won’t be able to put it down! Try Fit Brains new game Blinking Lights today.  Sign up for our FREE TRIAL or login to your account!  Don’t wait, it’s only free to play through May 29th!


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3 Daily Habits For a Healthy Happy Brain!

Mom and daughter laughing

1. Tickle Your Funny Bone
There’s a reason why they say “Laughter is the best medicine”! 20 minutes of laughter can fight brain aging according to The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Watch a comedy show, take a laughing yoga class or giggle with friends. This will reduce your stress hormones, such as cortisol, which affect cognitive function.

2. Curb Your Sweet Tooth
Eating sugar in excess can affect brain plasticity, the development of new neural pathways between brain cells when we do or learn something novel. A recent UCLA study found that the recovery of brain injured rats who drank sugar water was severely affected. Sugar also hinders cognitive function.

3. Learn Something New
Research findings indicate that learning a new skill for only 10 minutes daily can combat cognitive decline. Studying another language, for example, might be even better at fighting cognitive losses than drugs. So why not play for free one of our language games or another fun brain game today?


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You Snooze, You Win: Boost Your Brain!

Dad sleeping with babyA good night’s sleep is one of the best brain boosts. It’s crucial for your brain to function properly. Sleep deprivation may negatively impact your cognitive function, your mood, your judgement and even your waistline! Isn’t that enough incentive to ensure you get adequate rest?

According to Dr. Mark Mahowald, a Professor of Neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, a night of lost sleep has the same effect in simulated driving tests as illegal high blood-alcohol levels. Another study indicates that lack of sleep leads to brain shrinkage in the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes. And it destroys brain cells. Yikes!

So what’s a good amount of Zzz’s? Sleep is divided into four phases. Deep sleep or stage IV sleep is vital to brain function. As we get older, we generate less deep IV sleep and it’s probably no coincidence that our cognitive skills change as well.

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) is the part of sleep when we dream and we are actually paralyzed. 25% of our sleep is in the REM stage. Researchers believe that during REM, your brain selects the most important bits of information that it has processed throughout the day.

There’s still debate on how much sleep we need but on average, most people need 7 to 8 hours per night, some require less and others more. Ultimately, our brains need deep sleep and REM to function properly. Unfortunately, many suffer from insomnia. Your ability to get a good night’s rest can be impacted by stress, anxiety, pain, medication and interpersonal conflicts and medication. Luckily, sleep is a learned behaviour and you can change it.

5 Tips for Better Zzz’s

  • Reduce your caffeine intake
  • Increase your physical activity
  • Use a blue light filter app
  • Listen to calming music
  • Meditate

Another way to relax your brain before catching some Zzz’s is to play a fun, fast Fit Brains game. Using Fit Brains for just 5 minutes a day can keep your brain challenged!


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Spring Clean Your Diet!

Fruits and VegtablesGoodbye Winter, Hello Spring! What better time than now to spring clean your diet? Out with winter’s carb heavy staples and in with spring’s fresh in season fruits and veggies! You are what you eat. Studies show that certain foods are good for your brain. So load up on some superfoods for better cognitive function.

This Season’s Super Brain Foods

Apples, blueberries, asparagus, broccoli, spinach and apricots are in season right now and are full of nutrients good for your brain. A healthy diet = a healthy brain. Remember, the more colorful the produce, the more rich it is in vitamins and minerals! Rule of thumb? Try to include 2 – 3 different colors in your meals.

Rejuvenate your mind this Spring. Playing Fit Brains’ fun smart neuroscientist-designed games is a great way to stimulate your brain. Tip: Play on any web browser at or train-on-the-go with our app.


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