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AI called GPT-3 can write like a human but don’t mistake that for thinking – neuroscientist

This article by Guillaume Thierry, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Psychology  is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Since it was unveiled earlier this year, the new AI-based language generating software GPT-3 has attracted much attention for its ability to produce passages of writing that are convincingly human-like. Some have even suggested that the program, created by Elon Musk’s OpenAI, may be considered or appears to exhibit, something like artificial general intelligence (AGI), the ability to understand or perform any task a human can. This breathless coverage reveals a natural yet aberrant collusion in people’s minds between the appearance of language and the capacity to think.

Publication date: 17 September 2020

School of Health Sciences MOOC shortlisted for Nursing Times Award 2020

A MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), developed by staff at School of Health Sciences, supported by Bethan Jones from the Learning Technology Unit, and in conjunction with Tracey Cooper, Interim Director of Infection Prevention & Control, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has been shortlisted for the Nursing Times Awards this year.

Publication date: 10 September 2020

This ancient Chinese anatomical atlas changes what we know about acupuncture and medical history

The accepted history of anatomy says that it was the ancient Greeks who mapped the human body for the first time. Galen, the “Father of Anatomy”, worked on animals, and wrote anatomy textbooks that lasted for the next 1,500 years. Modern anatomy started in the Renaissance with Andreas Vesalius, who challenged what had been handed down from Galen. He worked from human beings, and wrote the seminal “On the Fabric of the Human Body”.

This article Vivien Shaw, Lecturer in Anatomy, School of Medical Sciences and Isabelle Catherine Winder, Lecturer in Zoology, School of Natural Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 3 September 2020

Ancient Chinese text revealed to be an anatomical atlas of the human body

The standard history of anatomy traces its roots back to classical Greece, but a new reading of a recently discovered Chinese text argues that the Chinese were also among the earliest anatomists.

Writing in The Anatomical Record, Vivien Shaw and Isabelle Winder of Bangor University, UK and Rui Diogo of Howard University, USA, interpret the Mawangdui medical manuscripts found in a Chinese tomb in the early 1970s, as the earliest surviving anatomical description of the human body.

Publication date: 2 September 2020

Kidney Disease and pregnancy- what do women need for their support?

“ I didn’t know what I didn’t know, because no one asked me”

Women may have many things to think about before becoming pregnant, as well as questions which need answering while they are pregnant.

There are around five thousand women of childbearing age in Wales who have a condition that affects their kidneys. They may have additional questions about the impact of pregnancy on their kidney disease and how their kidney disease might affect their pregnancy.

Publication date: 2 September 2020

Bangor Professor awarded Lifetime Achievement in Psychology award by The British Psychological Society

Professor Judy Hutchings of Bangor University has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement in Psychology award by the British Psychological Society Practice Board. 

Publication date: 26 August 2020

Do you value exercise?

Exercise has many health benefits but, surprisingly, only a small minority is really physically active to an appropriate level.

Publication date: 23 July 2020

International Placement with Philips Healthcare for SHES Student

After finishing the third year of her bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology Katarina Kylisova, who came to Bangor from the Czech Republic decided to participate in Erasmus+ International Exchange internship programme available at Bangor University and further broaden her horizons. 

Publication date: 10 July 2020

Hypoxia - novel finding turns brain function on its head

The brain is a hungry organ. To fuel brain activity, brain blood flow increases to provide oxygen and nutrients. This matching of blood flow to brain activity is called ‘neurovascular coupling’ and is assumed essential to maintain brain function.

Publication date: 3 July 2020