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Natural selection as we speak
Shared properties of human languages are not the result of universal grammar but reflect self-organizing properties of language as an evolving system. (2005-02-18)

2 Scripps Research scientists win prestigious NIH Innovator Awards
Two Scripps Research Institute scientists have won prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's New Innovator Awards. The recipients are Assistant Professor Michael Petrascheck of the institute's La Jolla, California campus, and Assistant Professor Brian Paegel of the Jupiter, Florida campus. (2011-09-20)

At arm's length: The plasticity of depth judgment
People have a distance at which they are best able to judge depth. That distance, it turns out, is dictated by how long people understand their arms to be. Researchers showed this in the Journal of Neuroscience by tricking subjects with virtual reality into thinking their reach was longer than it really was. The result? Their accurate perception of depth via sight moved outward and touch became more sensitive. (2014-01-17)

Babies can read each other's signals
Research shows that babies can understand each others emotional signals at five months of age. This study comes on the heels of research on infants' ability to understand the moods of dogs, monkeys and classical music. (2013-06-26)

Perception Of Rock Music Depends On Age, Studies Suggest
If older people don't like rock music, it may have more to do with the physiology of aging rather than generational differences, according to studies at Ohio University. (1999-02-23)

The genes tell crows to choose partners that look alike
Crows like to select mates that look alike. In a large-scale genomic study, published in Science today, a team of researchers led by Uppsala University found that this behavior might be rooted in their genetic make-up, revealing a likely common evolutionary path that allows for separating populations into novel species. (2014-06-19)

What colour is that sound?
Imagine seeing or tasting sounds, as well as hearing them. This blending of the senses occurs in a rare condition called (2004-11-23)

TV found to have negative impact on parent-child communication and literacy
Since the first television screens lit up our living rooms scientists have been studying its affect on young children. Now scientists in Ohio have compared mother-child communication while watching TV to reading books or playing with Toys to reveal the impact on children's development. The results, published in Human Communication Research, show that watching TV can lead to less interaction between parents and children, with a detrimental impact on literacy and language skills. (2011-09-14)

How to simulate softness
What factors affect how human touch perceives softness, like the feel of pressing your fingertip against a marshmallow, a piece of clay or a rubber ball? By exploring this question in detail, researchers at the University of California San Diego discovered clever tricks to design materials that replicate different levels of perceived softness. The findings provide fundamental insights into designing tactile materials and haptic interfaces that can recreate realistic touch sensations. (2019-08-30)

Shedding light on how the human eye perceives brightness
Japanese scientists are shedding new light on the importance of light-sensing cells in the retina that process visual information. The researchers isolated the functions of melanopsin cells and demonstrated their crucial role in the perception of visual environment. This ushers in a new understanding of the biology of the eye and how visual information is processed. (2019-08-17)

Kids have skewed view of gender segregation
Children believe the world is far more segregated by gender than it actually is, implies a new study led by a Michigan State University scholar. (2014-01-09)

'Pain sensing' gene discovery could help in development of new methods of pain relief
A gene essential to the production of pain-sensing neurons in humans has been identified by an international team of researchers co-led by the University of Cambridge. The discovery, reported today in the journal Nature Genetics, could have implications for the development of new methods of pain relief. (2015-05-25)

Face processing slows with age
Identifying a face can be difficult when that face is shown for only a fraction of a second. However, young adults have a marked advantage over elderly people in these conditions. Researchers writing in the open-access journal BMC Neuroscience found indications that elderly people have reduced perception speed. (2009-09-08)

We've got rhythm: Research into finger-tapping reveals how a presumed internal mechanism guides motor actions
Keeping up with the beat: People are quite good at it, even when the timing changes at a nearly imperceptible level. Researchers observed that people correctly adjusted their finger tapping when the beat changed in a barely detectable manner, suggesting that an internal mechanism automatically guides motor actions in response to stimuli that change without our even being aware of it. (2001-06-03)

Study shows spinal cord stimulation reduces emotional aspect of chronic pain
Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have shown that patients with chronic pain can reduce their emotional response to the pain through spinal cord stimulation. (2016-03-17)

Transporter is possible target for safer pain medicine
A transporter that silences one of the body's natural pain killers holds promise for new powerful, non-addictive pain medicines as well as understanding AIDS patients' increased pain perception, researchers say. (2006-06-09)

Why does the world appear stable while our eyes move?
Whenever we shift our gaze, attention is directed to a new target. This shift in attention causes a brief compression of visual space, according to a study published Feb. 15 in the open-access journal PLoS Computational Biology. Researchers show a direct correlation between visual perception and eye movement control. (2008-02-14)

Genes bring music to your ears
Multiple regions in the human genome are reported to be linked to musical aptitude, according to a study published this week in Molecular Psychiatry. The function of the candidate genes implicated in the study ranges from inner-ear development to auditory neurocognitive processes, suggesting that musical aptitude is affected by a combination of genes involved in the auditory pathway. The research was funded by the Academy of Finland. (2014-03-12)

Sweet 'water taste' paradoxically predicts sweet taste inhibitors
A scientific paradox linking artificial sweeteners such as saccharin with a sensory experience in which plain water takes on a sweet taste has guided researchers at the Monell Center to an increased understanding of how humans detect sweet taste. The findings, reported in Nature, will facilitate the development of new sweeteners and sweet inhibitors. (2006-04-23)

Vanderbilt Researcher: Human Brain Has Great Sense Of Timing
Startling new findings reported by Vanderbilt researcher Randolph Blake in the May 14 issue of Science indicate that the human brain can also use the precise timing of subtle visual changes to group elements into objects. (1999-05-14)

'Perfect pitch' in humans far more prevalent than expected
Researchers at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music and Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences have developed a unique test for perfect pitch, and have found that perfect pitch is apparently much more common in non-musicians than scientists had expected. (2008-08-26)

Candidate voice pitch influences voters
Two new studies conducted by a University of Miami professor show that the tone of a candidate's voice can influence whether he or she wins office. (2015-08-07)

The truth behind 'Where's Waldo?'
With assistance from the classic book character Where's Waldo?, researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center have recently made a major advance in understanding how the brain searches for objects of interest. (2009-03-03)

Obstructing the 'inner eye'
Hypnosis can help people stop smoking, sleep better and even undergo dental treatment without pain. But what exactly is hypnosis and what precisely happens in the brain of a hypnotised person? These questions are currently being studied by psychologists at the Universities Jena and Trier in Germany. The aim is to find comprehensive scientific answers to the questions, and the researchers have presented their initial findings in the current issue of the specialist journal (2017-07-07)

Questionnaire surveys may have political implications
When journalists and politicians want to find out the feelings and opinions of Swedes, they often look at survey results published by the SOM Institute. A new doctoral thesis in Theory of Science shows that the social scientific research methods that for example the SOM surveys are based on play an important role for political decisions and the public's perception of society. (2012-05-07)

LSUHSC research finds species share perceptual capabilities that affect how communication evolves
A research team that included Hamilton E. Farris, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Otorhinolaryngology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, reveals that two entirely different species show similar perception of auditory cues that drive basic biological functions; that these perceptions may be universally shared among animals; and that such perception may also limit the evolution of communication signals. The work is published in the Aug. 5, 2011, issue of Science. (2011-08-04)

Neuroscience 2009 media registration now open
Neuroscience 2009 is a multifaceted exchange of important science research across biological, behavioral, psychological and chemical disciplines. Hundreds of the world's foremost researchers, clinicians and experts on all matters concerning the brain will present research findings, and be available for interviews. (2009-07-22)

Brain shows humans break down events into smaller units
Humans breakdown activities into smaller, more digestible chunks, a phenomenon that psychologists describe as (2007-05-01)

Nursing homes a popular option in Taiwan
University of Queensland research has found that the decision to place elderly parents in a nursing home is becoming increasingly acceptable. (2008-07-23)

Fading ability to taste iron raises health concerns for people over age 50
People lose the ability to detect the taste of iron in drinking water with advancing age, raising concern that older people may be at risk for an unhealthy over-exposure to iron, Virginia Tech engineers are reporting in results they term (2011-08-10)

New strategy helps reduce errors in obstetrical care
Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have implemented patient safety enhancements to dramatically reduce errors and improve the staff's own perception of the safety climate in obstetrical care. (2008-02-02)

Study demonstrates how fear can skew spatial perception
That snake heading towards you may be further away than it appears. Fear can skew our perception of approaching objects, causing us to underestimate the distance of a threatening one, finds an Emory University and University of London study published in Current Biology. The results show that emotion and perception are not fully dissociable in the mind, and that fear can alter even basic aspects of how we perceive the world around us. (2012-10-22)

This is what a fish thought looks like
For the first time, researchers have been able to see a thought (2013-01-31)

Researchers Develop Training Method To Help Reduce Asthma Attacks
Many people with asthma aren't able to detect a problem with their breathing until the asthma attack becomes severe. But a new training method developed by researchers at Ohio University could one day help asthma patients detect an attack as early as 30 minutes before its onset. (1997-09-02)

The seat of meta-consciousness in the brain
Studies of lucid dreamers visualize which centers of the brain become active when we become aware of ourselves. (2012-07-27)

Scientists at UC3M are participating in research on the robotic hand of the future
Researchers at Carlos III University of Madrid's Robotics lab are participating in the international research project known as HANDLE. The objective of the project is to create a robotic hand that can reproduce the abilities and movements of a human hand in order to achieve the optimal manipulation of objects. (2011-06-29)

Bilingual children are better at recognizing voices
Bilingual children are better than their monolingual peers at perceiving information about who is talking, including recognizing voices, according to a study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. (2017-06-12)

People living in highly black concentrated neighborhoods more likely to report their health as poor
In a study examining the relationship between racial/ethnic neighborhood concentration and self-reported health, researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that individuals living in neighborhoods with a high concentration of blacks were twice as likely to report poor health when compared to their counterparts living in neighborhoods with a lower concentration of blacks. (2006-10-20)

Finding the mind's eye
Dartmouth professor of psychological and brain sciences Peter Tse has published new results in his on-going investigation of the brain and how it transforms visual stimuli into conscious experience. (2005-11-07)

Cinema-like environment helps audiences immerse in movies even on small screens & displays
If the surroundings are designed to be sufficiently stimulating, even a simple computer screen is enough to generate an intense cinematic experience. (2014-10-29)

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