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Patients prefer doctors not use computers in exam room
A new study suggests that people with advanced cancer prefer doctors communicate with them face-to-face with just a notepad in hand rather than repeatedly using a computer. (2017-10-23)

Dartmouth to debut wearables that warn and wow at UIST 2017
A smart watch that takes the user to another dimension and a smart ring that provides powerful feedback are among the top technology Dartmouth College will bring to the 30th ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium (UIST 2017). (2017-10-20)

Future smartwatches could sense hand movement using ultrasound imaging
New research has shown future wearable devices, such as smartwatches, could use ultrasound imaging to sense hand gestures. (2017-10-11)

Concussion: How the NFL came to shape the issue that plagued it
Players kneeling during the national anthem is the most recent NFL controversy, but certainly not the first nor the biggest. (2017-10-10)

New technology uses mouth gestures to interact in virtual reality
Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a new technology that allows users to interact in a virtual reality environment using only mouth gestures. (2017-10-05)

Want your question answered quickly? Use gestures as well as words
When someone asks a question during a conversation, their conversation partner answers more quickly if the questioner also moves their hands or head to accompany their words. These are the findings of a study led by Judith Holler of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. The study is published in Springer's journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review and focuses on how gestures influence language processing. (2017-09-07)

Apes' abilities misunderstood by decades of poor science
Hundreds of scientific studies over two decades have told us that apes are clever -- just not as clever as us. New analysis argues that what we think we know about apes' social intelligence is based on wishful thinking and flawed science. (2017-08-31)

How parents, siblings can become teachers for special needs children
Parents and siblings of children with limited speech who took an innovative training program created by a Michigan State University scholar significantly improved their ability to communicate with the special needs youth. (2017-08-29)

Both chimpanzees and humans spontaneously imitate each other's actions 
Decades of research has shown that apes, in spite of their proverbial aping abilities, are rather poor imitators, especially when compared to human children. Current theories hold that apes are worse imitators because they lack this social and communicative side of imitation. A new study from Lund University, published in the journal Primates, has instead targeted the interactive side of imitation directly, and finds that the divide between humans and chimpanzees is less clear cut. (2017-08-21)

Football judgments and driving too fast: The science of judging speed
Football officials watching slow-motion clips or drivers changing from motorways to 30 mph zones could be unconsciously misjudging speed -- and the motivations behind a person's movements -- because their perceptions of 'normal' have been altered by recent experiences, new research has found. (2017-07-28)

The number of illustrations in storybooks influences children's word learning
New research shows that the number of illustrations presented in a storybook can influence preschool children's ability to learn words from shared reading. (2017-07-12)

Make up after the break up: Men choose sex, women tears and quality time
If a man wants to make amends with his girlfriend after an argument, he should dedicate quality time and shed a few tears while asking for forgiveness. However, men consider a kind gesture or receiving sexual favors as the best form of apology. This was revealed in a study led by T. Joel Wade of Bucknell University in the US. The findings were published in Springer's journal Evolutionary Psychological Science. (2017-07-05)

A suspicious mind leads to a suspicious face
In a series of studies, social psychology researchers show that Black participants who hold suspicious views of Whites visualize White faces, even smiling ones, as less trustworthy, less authentic and sometimes more hostile. The authors suggest there are some potential advantages to these biases, as well as drawbacks. The results are published in Social Psychological and Personality Science. (2017-05-09)

Study reveals first recording of cuttlefish fighting over a mate in the wild
The whole arsenal of cuttlefish coloration, postures and aggression played out during a chance observation now described in a study in the American Naturalist. (2017-05-02)

How do babies coordinate gestures and vocalization?
Asier Romero-Andonegi, Aintzane Etxebarria-Lejarreta, Ainara Romero-Andonegi and Irati de Pablo-Delgado, lecturers and researchers at the UPV/EHU's Faculty of Education in Bilbao, have studied how 9 to 13-month-old babies tackle the shift from early babbling to the use of combinations of gestures and speech. The work The interrelation of gestures and vocalization in early communication functions: Evidence from Basque language has been published in the important linguistics journal Signos. (2017-04-28)

New 3-D technology improving patient care for complex kidney surgeries
Surgeons use unique 3-D solution to prepare for complex surgery that includes a glasses-free 3-D monitor in the operating room that allows them to navigate patient's atypical anatomy. (2017-03-09)

Robot uses social feedback to fetch objects intelligently
By enabling them to ask a question when they're confused, an algorithm developed at Brown University helps robots get better at fetching objects, an important task for future robot assistants. (2017-03-06)

Technology puts 'touch' into long-distance relationships
Long-distance couples can share a walk, watch movies together, and even give each other a massage, using new technologies being developed in Carman Neustaedter's Simon Fraser University lab. (2017-02-14)

Dual-function nanorod LEDs could make multifunctional displays
Cellphones and other devices could soon be controlled with touchless gestures and charge themselves using ambient light, thanks to new LED arrays that can both emit and detect light. (2017-02-09)

£1.75 million five-year project under way to uncover new 'sound worlds'
A £1.7 million, five-year research project at the University of Huddersfield will push the limits of new 'sound worlds' for composers, performers and producers of electronic music. They will be able to use newly-developed, freely-distributed software tools and methodologies to mine vast digital sound databases for the exact sonorities they need, and will also be aided in the creation of exciting new sounds and ideas. (2017-02-07)

New techniques allow greater control of smartwatches
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have invented new ways to interact that provide a little more control, including taps of the skin, nudges on the side of the watch and breathing on the screen. (2017-01-27)

Why scientists should research emojis and emoticons :-P
More than 90 percent of online populations now incorporate emojis and emoticons into their texts and emails, and researchers are wondering what the use of (~_^), (>_<), or =D can reveal about human behavior. In a forum paper published on Jan. 17 in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, psychologists Linda Kaye, Stephanie Malone, and Helen Wall discuss emojis and emoticons as tools for evaluating how we relate to each other in the digital age. (2017-01-17)

When horses are in trouble they ask humans for help
A new study demonstrates that when horses face unsolvable problems they use visual and tactile signals to get human attention and ask for help. The study also suggests that horses alter their communicative behavior based on humans' knowledge of the situation. These findings were published in the online version of Animal Cognition on Nov. 24. (2016-12-15)

How hearing 'twist my arm' engages the brain
Listening to metaphors involving arms or legs loops in a region of the brain responsible for visual perception of those body parts, Emory scientists have discovered. More evidence for 'grounded cognition': the idea that comprehension of abstract concepts in the brain is built upon concrete experiences. (2016-12-14)

Gesturing can boost children's creative thinking
Encouraging children to use gestures as they think can help them come up with more creative ideas, according to research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. (2016-12-14)

Virtual reality: Hybrid Virtual Environment 3-D comes to the cinema
Professor Tomás Dorta compared the virtual reality experience with two different systems: the one with VR headsets versus one with an immersive projection system using a concave-spherical screen, developed by his research team and called Hybrid Virtual Environment 3D (Hyve-3D). He immersed 20 subjects whom preferred the virtual reality without headsets, because they could interact with other viewers and share their impressions in real time. (2016-11-03)

Robotic tutors for primary school children
The use of robotic tutors in primary school classrooms is one step closer according to research recently published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. (2016-10-24)

Repurposed sensor enables smartwatch to detect finger taps and other bio-acoustic signals
A smartwatch is capable of detecting and distinguishing a variety of taps, flicks and scratches by the hands and fingers, and all that's required is a software upgrade that repurposes the device's existing accelerometer, Carnegie Mellon University researchers discovered. This new functionality makes possible new applications that use common gestures to control the smartwatch. (2016-10-17)

Dartmouth-led team develops WristWhirl, a smartwatch prototype using wrist as a joystick
Checking email, tracking fitness, and listening to music, are just a few things that a smartwatch can do but what if your hands aren't free? A Dartmouth-led team has come up with a solution by developing WristWhirl -- a smartwatch prototype that uses the wrist wearing the watch as an always-available joystick to perform common touch screen gestures with one-handed continuous input. (2016-10-14)

How gay men navigate the corporate world
Recent sociology research at the University of Cincinnati looked closely at the various strategies gay men use to manage both their gendered and sexual identities in the workplace. (2016-08-29)

Using the outside world to save on brainpower
Every day, we rely on our physical surroundings -- friends, gadgets, and even hand gestures -- to manage incoming information and retain it. In a Review published Aug. 16 in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, two researchers explain the myriad ways in which forms of assistance from gestures to GPS affect both what we know and what we think we know. (2016-08-16)

Going the distance: Babies reach farther with adults around
Eight-month-old infants are much more likely to reach towards distant toys when an adult is present than when they are by themselves, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings suggest that 8-month-olds understand when they need another person's help to accomplish a task and act accordingly. (2016-08-10)

Smartphone exercises for a better mood
Brief, directed smartphone exercises can help quickly improve our mood. This is the latest finding from psychologists at the University of Basel and their international colleagues, reported in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. (2016-07-28)

Should I stay or should I go?
What makes people incapable of controlling their most everyday voluntary motions -- and in some cases, their thoughts -- thus enslaving them in endless repetition of the same action, or in endless change from one action to another? (2016-07-21)

Why you'd better never have to ask the way when visiting the Northern Territory in Australia
Rather than using abstract directionals, speakers of Murrinhpatha make reference to locations of interest using named landmarks, demonstratives and pointing. And because pointing is necessary for direction giving, people of the region point a great deal. (2016-07-19)

Nearly 80 percent of drivers express significant anger, aggression or road rage
Nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the past year, according to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Findings suggest that approximately eight million US drivers engaged in extreme examples of road rage, including purposefully ramming another vehicle or getting out of the car to confront another driver. (2016-07-14)

Students grasp abstract math concepts after they demonstrate them with arm motions
Emerging research into the mind-body partnership shows students who make relevant arm movements while learning can improve their knowledge and retention of math. Researchers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, and University of Wisconsin-Madison are pairing geometry proofs with a video game in which students make movements with their arms for complex learning of abstract math concepts. The researchers have been awarded a four-year $1.39 million grant for their work from the US Department of Education. (2016-07-12)

Great apes communicate cooperatively
Gestural communication in bonobos and chimpanzees shows turn-taking and clearly distinguishable communication styles. (2016-05-24)

Finger-specific key presses could speed up computer interaction
If you're looking for a way to use a computer more efficiently, researchers at the University of Waterloo's David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science may have a solution for you. Master's candidate Jingjie Zheng and Professor Daniel Vogel have recently filed a patent that would allow computer users to trigger different shortcut commands by pressing the same keyboard key with different fingers, hands, or hand postures. (2016-05-12)

How will people interact with technology in the future?
New research that discusses how people will interact with technology in the future will be presented by academics from the University of Bristol, UK, this week at one of the world's most important conferences on human-computer interfaces, ACM CHI 2016, in San Jose, USA. (2016-05-09)

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