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GLOBAL RESEARCH PROGRAMME

MEASURING THE MIND

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Measuring the Mind is investigating the unique properties of human learning in schools around the world.

Measuring the Mind is an educational project investigating uniquely human learning processes. Increasingly, human beings are relying on machines to support their learning. In previous generations, skills such as remembering facts, sourcing information and performing complex computations were the unique realm of the human mind. Today, machines can replicate such abilities; indeed we rely upon them to do so faster and more accurately than a human can.

The Measuring the Mind project celebrates these advances but is investigating the contribution of Steering Cognition as a process of the mind which cannot be easily replicated by machines. Steering Cognition, for example, has been shown to contribute to mental health, the ability to learn in the classroom, social and cognitive flexibility in the workplace as well as patterns of social behaviours important in forming relationships.

Launched in 2014 as part of the Mind.World programme, the Measuring the Mind project has already measured 4 million datapoints of uniquely human Steering Cognition. Over the next 7 years, the Mind.World aims to build a database of 1 billion assessments of aspects of Steering Cognition.

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THE FOUR ROADSIGNS

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MEASURING THE MIND

100

MILLION RESEARCH ASSESSMENTS  

2022

ESTIMATED PROJECT COMPLETION

 

INFORMATION FOR SCHOOLS

 

Increasingly, machines are replicating what is called the ‘algorithmic’ intelligence. We use the benefits of this machine intelligence all the time when we search on google, use predictive text or follow a sat nav. The risks to humans of machine learning lie not in military threat- a wayward cyborg- but in economic displacement- a redundant workforce. Many suggest that machines will increasingly contribute to professions which rely on such algorithmic cognition to perform complex computations with data: accountancy, law and finance, for example.

Measuring the Mind is a project that aims to study a kind of cognition which cannot be easily replicated by machines; Steering Cognition.

Steering Cognition is central in our processing of real-world data. Steering cognition is likely to be central in  solving problems using ambiguous associations; establishing healthy patterns of mental well-being; presenting a recognisable version of ourself to the world; the formation of collective in-group behaviours and attitudes. Steering cognition sources and channels the data that our algorithmic cognition (central to IQ) then computes.

In a series of investigations between 2012-15, Walker showed that Steering Cognition contributed a unique component to academic outcomes over and above algorithmic cognitive ability. Unlike algorithmic cognition, Steering Cognition can both be trained and improved in students (Walker 2015) and is directly affected by the quality of the teaching environment that a school provides.

The Measuring the Mind project contributes to a global research programme Mind.World, which was established to identify and measure the contribution of Steering Cognition to human behaviour. Over the next 7 years, the Mind.World programme aims to build a database of 100 million assessments of  Steering Cognition relating to education, mental health and societal dynamics.

For more information about how your school can join the Measuring the Mind project please contact us.

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" What is it that distinguishes us from the animals? It is our mind. "
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