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Genetic loci assigned for musical aptitude in Finnish families
Researchers from Finland and USA have identified one major and several potential loci associated with musical aptitude in the human genome. (2008-05-19)
Colon cancer risk perception associated with screening behavior
Women's perception of their cancer risk appears to vary by race and may affect how likely they are to undergo screenings, particularly for colon cancer, according to a report in the April 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2008-04-14)
Are you my mother? Transference more pronounced when we are tired
Extending the logic from existing research showing that individuals exhibited more stereotypic biases at a non-optimal time of day (i.e., in the morning for evening types and in the evening for morning types) Kruglanski and Pierro examined the occurrence of transference in participants' as related to their circadian rhythm. (2008-03-31)
New brain cells implicated in machinery of cannabinoid signaling
The brain cells called astrocytes, and not just neurons, are sensitive to the substances called cannabinoids -- the active chemicals in marijuana. (2008-03-26)
News tips from the Journal of Neuroscience
The following articles are featured in the March 26 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience: Chromogranins concentrate catecholamines; Brn3b specifies and suppresses retinal cell fates; Adaptation to curves affects perception of faces; and Seizures disrupt astrocytic domain structure. (2008-03-25)
Like sweets? You're more like a fruit fly than you think ...
According to researchers at the Monell Center, fruit flies are more like humans in their responses to many sweet tastes than are almost any other species, including some species of monkeys. (2008-03-17)
The hand can't be fooled, study shows
New research suggests that humans are not as fooled as they seem when viewing visual illusions. (2008-03-10)
Cochlear implant recipients experience improvement in quality of life
Cochlear implant recipients experience a significant improvement in their quality of life, and have improved speech recognition, according to new research published in the March 2008 issue of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery. (2008-03-04)
MIT researchers catch rats' twitchy whiskers in action
Rats use their whiskers in a way that is closely related to the human sense of touch: Just as humans move their fingertips across a surface to perceive shapes and textures, rats twitch their whiskers to achieve the same goal. (2008-02-27)
From delicious to death: Understanding taste
Despite the significance of taste to both human gratification and survival, a basic understanding of this primal sense is still unfolding. (2008-02-26)
Scientists explore consciousness
New results published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2008-02-18)
Why does the world appear stable while our eyes move?
Whenever we shift our gaze, attention is directed to a new target. (2008-02-14)
Neuromusic showtime
From June 25 to 28, physicians, researchers, and psychologists focusing on the new perspectives emerging from the combined study of neurosciences and music, will gather in Montreal at the McGill University for the international conference: (2008-02-12)
Poverty and the Brain
Dr. Martha Farah, director of Penn's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, will present Poverty and Brain Development: Correlations, Mechanisms and Societal Implications at the 2008 American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting. (2008-02-12)
Workplace autopilot threatens security risk perception
Safeguarding sensitive information -- no matter how sophisticated the IT system -- can never be foolproof, according to research published this week by Leeds University Business School. (2008-02-08)
The trouble with hybrids
Hybrid electric vehicles are no more than a stop-gap until more sustainable technology is developed, according to a report published recently in the Inderscience publication International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management. (2008-02-07)
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)
Food peptides activate bitter taste receptors
Researchers from the Monell Center and Tokyo University of Agriculture have used a novel molecular method to identify chemical compounds from common foods that activate human bitter taste receptors. (2008-01-22)
Researchers use neuroimaging to study ESP
Researchers from Harvard University have used neuroimaging to study the existence of ESP. (2008-01-03)
1 person out of every 1,000 has synaesthesia, in which an individual can smell a sound
The research field has grown from grapheme-color synaesthesia to include other forms of synaesthesia in which flavors are evoked by music or words (lexical-gustatory synaesthesia), space structures by time units, colors by music, etc. (2007-12-26)
Color sudoku puzzle demonstrates new vision for computing
Researchers at the University of Warwick's Department of Computer Science have developed a color-based sudoku puzzle that will help sudoku players solve traditional sudoku puzzles but also helps demonstrate the potential benefits of a radical new vision for computing. (2007-12-18)
A researcher from the UGR created a system which makes robots see and interact with people
This study, conducted in the department of computer science and artificial intelligence has made it possible to develop a series of perception-motor skills which noticeably improve natural interaction between androids and humans. (2007-12-13)
Close relations exhibit greater agreement on the attractiveness of faces
Researchers at Harvard University have shown that spouses, siblings and close friends are more likely to have similar preferences with regard to the attractiveness of faces. (2007-12-12)
Greenhouse gas from English streams
A common plant in English streams helps methane generated by bacteria in the sediment beneath the plants to escape into the atmosphere. (2007-12-10)
Subliminal smells bias perception about a person's likeability
Anyone who has bonded with a puppy madly sniffing with affection gets an idea of how scents, most not apparent to humans, are critical to a dog's appreciation of her two-legged friends. (2007-12-06)
A real attention grabber
The person you're speaking with may be looking at you, but are they really paying attention? (2007-12-02)
Mapping the selective brain
Researchers have added a new piece to the puzzle of how the brain selectively amplifies those distinctions that matter most from the continuous cascade of sights, sounds, and other sensory input. (2007-11-21)
Scientists uncover how the brain controls what the eyes see
Vase or face? When presented with the well-known optical illusion in which we see either a vase or the faces of two people, what we observe depends on the patterns of neural activity going on in our brains. (2007-11-20)
Survey shows gender differences are factor when surgeons in training choose a subspecialty
A gender difference exists among surgeons who choose a surgical subspecialty, particularly when they evaluate the factors that may influence their career choice, according to results of a new survey published in the November issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. (2007-11-09)
Natural gas nanotech
Nanotechnology could revolutionize the natural gas industry across the whole lifecycle from extraction to pollution reduction or be an enormous missed opportunity, claim two industry experts writing in Inderscience's International Journal of Nanotechnology. (2007-10-30)
Hearing changes how we perceive gender
Think about the confused feelings that occur when you meet someone whose tone of voice doesn't seem to quite fit with his or her gender. (2007-10-24)
A family history of alcoholism is linked to greater sweet preferences among women
Ad campaigns have capitalized on women's concerns about their waistlines and marketed cigarettes as a fat-free alternative to diminish sweet cravings and satisfy hunger. (2007-10-24)
Video game shown to cut cortisol
A video game designed by McGill University researchers to help train people to change their perception of social threats and boost their self-confidence has now been shown to reduce the production of the stress-related hormone cortisol. (2007-10-23)
Brightness and darkness as perceptual dimensions
The researchers' 2-D model generalizes to the chromatic dimensions of color perception, indicating that redness and greenness (blueness and yellowness) form perceptual dimensions. (2007-10-18)
Feminism and romance go hand in hand
Contrary to popular opinion, feminism and romance are not incompatible and feminism may actually improve the quality of heterosexual relationships, according to Laurie Rudman and Julie Phelan, from Rutgers University in the US. (2007-10-15)
Sweet smell
While our perceptions of sights and sounds are known to be based on physical phenomena -- waves' lengths and frequencies -- no such objective basis had been found for the sense of smell. (2007-09-18)
Gene determines whether male body odor smells pleasant
Up to one-third of adult humans cannot perceive an odor in a component of male body odor that induces physiological responses in both men and women. (2007-09-16)
Our visual system may react more rapidly when visualising 2 objects which might collide
International research has put forward the hypothesis that the brain responds to the possibility that two objects might collide, in a different way to how it would react to two objects in movement with divergent trajectories. (2007-09-13)
One-fourth of HIV patients believe their doctors stigmatize them
Physicians might want to be extra careful about how they treat HIV-infected patients -- not just in the clinical sense but in the way they behave toward them. (2007-08-31)
Children with autism don't adapt as readily to unfamiliar faces
When it comes to recognizing faces, children with autism aren't as readily adaptable as are normal kids, according to a study reported online in Current Biology, a publication of Cell Press, on Aug. (2007-08-30)
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