Can Machines Have Feelings?

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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!

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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 New Game, Something Similar!

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We’re excited to introduce our fun New Game of the Month, Something Similar! And, we’re celebrating our launch by giving you FREE access for a limited time to this exclusive PREMIUM web game. From now through April 24, you can play for free. Delight and challenge your logic! Do you have what it takes to set the top score? Bet you’ll love it!  Try Something Similar now.

How to Play

Select 2 shapes that share something in common: same shape, color, or pattern. Remember speed counts too! This game challenges your ability to compare essential information in dissimilar objects.

What You’ll Train

Something Similar was designed to stimulate your ability to quickly switch between different kinds of information, something we do frequently. It’s a key skill required to perform well in your daily life.

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stimulate your brain!  Don’t wait, Guess Who is only free to play through April 24th!

Introducing Our New, Fun Brain Game, Guess Who!

We’re excited to introduce our brand new brain game, Guess Who! Delight and challenge your memory! Even better, Guess Who is an exclusive PREMIUM game but to celebrate, you get to play for FREE for 2 weeks!  Start your adventure now!

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How to Play Guess Who?

Memorize these names and faces. Can you remember these faces and set the top score? Play on any web browser at Fitbrains.com or train-on-the-go with our app. This fun memory game will stimulate your ability to remember faces and the names, an important skill for networking and socializing with others.

So what are you waiting for?

Try Fit Brains new Guess Who game today. Sign up for our FREE TRIAL or login to your account!  You’ll have fun while you stimulate your brain and exercise your memory skills!  Don’t wait, Guess Who is only free to play through March 25th!

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Introducing Our Brand New Emotional Intelligence Game!

Team Builder Games

We are excited to introduce our brand new brain training game, Team Builder!  Have fun honing your Social Skills!  

How to Play Team Builder?

Study all available candidates. Consider each person’s habits and preferences and create the perfect team. This game focuses on your ability to leverage emotional information to make better decisions with others. Touch and drag a person’s photo onto the board. Touch Submit when you’re done. Can you create the best team?

How does Team Builder stimulate your Emotional Intelligence?

Team Builder is a brain training game created to stimulate Social Skills. By asking you to consider the habits and preferences of others to form a strong team and master the game, you are training your ability to use these same important skills in your daily life.  Social Skills are the ability to leverage emotional information to make better decisions and facilitate stronger social bonds. Social skills apply to many aspects of our life, a large part being in the workplace, but also among friends and family.

Key Benefits of Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stronger Relationships
  • Better Decision Making
  • Main Predictor of Job Success
  • Higher Salary Potential

Try Fit Brains new Team Builder game today! Download our Free app now! You’ll love the results!

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Use Your Brain to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

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New Year’s Resolutions. Most of us make them, but many of us break them. According to studies on the science of motivation, only up to 30% of us will stick with our good intentions or changes that we have resolved to make. Most shockingly?  According to the author, research even finds that “the better we feel about our new year’s resolutions and our ability to stick with them, the less we actually will.” (Crew, 2014).  Wait. Say that again?  This may be because the more optimistic or over-confident you are, the fewer safeguards you will put in place to ensure follow-through.

So how do you improve your chances of keeping your new year’s resolution?

For starters, writing down your goal or resolution is helpful, but did you know that even how you phrase your resolution matters?  According to one study, writing it as an “if-then” statement (e.g, If I go to a restaurant then I will order a side salad instead of french fries) improves your odds of follow-through, as opposed to just writing something like “eat more salad at restaurants instead of fries.”  Reportedly, “For whatever reason, research suggests that our brains can get tricked into automatically and subconsciously responding to if/then statements.” (Crew, 2014).  In addition to putting your resolution in writing and phrasing it appropriately here are a few other simple tips that can help better your chances of successfully sticking with your resolution: 

  1. Keep your resolution attainable (like if you committed to improving your brain health that’s actually pretty fun and easy if you play Fit Brains brain games).
  2. Read your written resolution daily.
  3. Spread the word.  If your friends, family and colleagues know what your resolution is, they can help keep you accountable!

If you haven’t made a resolution yet, you still can!  When you think about it, what could be more important than committing to better brain health in 2016?  Whether you want to maintain a healthy brain and strong memory as you age, improve your speed of thinking on the job, or maintain better focus at school or work, Fit Brains brain games can help stimulate all areas of your brain function for better health.

The best part?  You can get started today with a Fit Brains Free Trial!

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We wish you a Happy, Healthy Brain in the New Year!

new year's coupleIt’s almost the start of a new year and it’s time to be decisive.  What are your plans and dreams for 2016? No matter what you want your year to be like and no matter what you want to achieve or become, the health and functioning of your brain will play a critical role in your success. In fact, brain health plays such an important role in our health and happiness that it’s predicted to be one of 2016’s hottest topics!  With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the most intriguing new brain boosts on the scene that will get your brain off to a healthy start this year!      

  1. Want a touch of rebellion with your brain boost?  According to Nutritional Outlook, the “Boost Your Mind” shot (contains magnesium and zinc among other minerals) created by Jungbunzlauer out of Basel Switzerland, “promotes normal cognitive function, reduction of tiredness and fatigue, plus a normal energy-yielding metabolism.
  2. Who doesn’t want to enjoy a fun, soda-esque beverage guilt free?  You’re in luck…UK based Food Manufacture magazine reports that brain health drinks may be the new energy drink (think ginseng, blueberries and chamomile in soft drink formula)!
  3. Also, look for brain boosting products from nature, such as a powdered bark extract and cocoon silk.  One example reported in an article by Nutritional Outlook is Sabroxy, a new powdered bark extract from Sabinsa with an ingredient that “improves levels of Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF)”.  Ultimately this protein plays a role in memory processing and brain function.  And there is Fibrin, a peptide within the cocoon silk shows benefits for “memory, learning and overall cognitive function”.     

Not so sure about throwing back mineral shots and ingesting bark or cocoon silk? There is always Fit Brains engaging brain games that can add some fun into your regular brain health regimen!  With more games and variety than any other brain training program, this is one that is a must try!  Try the FREE TRIAL of Fit Brains today.

Whatever you choose, you’re bound to have a happier, healthier and more successful 2016 if you focus on improving the health of your brain!  Stay tuned for more from our blog every week so that you can be your best in 2016!

Happy New Year!

The Fit Brains Team

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