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From the Ted Talk by Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar: What happens in your brain when you pay attention?

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I'm a computational neuroscientist, and I work on _________ brain-machine __________, or bringing together the brain and the computer. I love _____ patterns. Brain patterns are _________ for us because based on them we can build models for the computers, and based on these models computers can recognize how well our brain functions. And if it doesn't function well, then these computers themselves can be used as assistive devices for therapies. But that also means something, because choosing the _____ patterns will give us the wrong models and therefore the wrong therapies. Right? In case of _________, the fact that we can _____ our attention not only by our eyes but also by ________ — that makes covert attention an interesting model for computers.

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  1. cognitive
  2. shift
  3. important
  4. thinking
  5. attention
  6. brain
  7. wrong
  8. interfaces

Original Text

I'm a computational neuroscientist, and I work on cognitive brain-machine interfaces, or bringing together the brain and the computer. I love brain patterns. Brain patterns are important for us because based on them we can build models for the computers, and based on these models computers can recognize how well our brain functions. And if it doesn't function well, then these computers themselves can be used as assistive devices for therapies. But that also means something, because choosing the wrong patterns will give us the wrong models and therefore the wrong therapies. Right? In case of attention, the fact that we can shift our attention not only by our eyes but also by thinking — that makes covert attention an interesting model for computers.

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