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How fear transforms into anxiety
University of New Mexico researchers identify for the first time the brain-wide neural correlates of the transition from fear to anxiety. (2020-07-09)

From the mouths of babes: Lessons in humility
A poem written by Alexandra M. Sims, M.D., FAAP, will be published Jan. 7, 2020, in JAMA, as part of its series of works by artists and physicians that explore the meaning of healing and illness. (2020-01-07)

How the brain detects the rhythms of speech
Neuroscientists at UC San Francisco have discovered how the listening brain scans speech to break it down into syllables. The findings provide for the first time a neural basis for the fundamental atoms of language and insights into our perception of the rhythmic poetry of speech. (2019-11-20)

New study shows common carp aquaculture in Neolithic China dating back 8,000 years
In a recent study, an international team of researchers analyzed fish bones excavated from the Early Neolithic Jiahu site in Henan Province, China. By comparing the body-length distributions and species-composition ratios of the bones with findings from East Asian sites with present aquaculture, the researchers provide evidence of managed carp aquaculture at Jiahu dating back to 6200-5700 BC. (2019-09-16)

New study points to universal code in our brains for what we find beautiful
A network in the human brain involved in inner thoughts and self-referential mental processing may contain a universal code for whether we find something to be beautiful. (2019-09-11)

Virtual reality experiences may help treat severe pain
Therapeutic virtual reality can be used to reduce severe pain in hospitalized patients, according to a study published August 14, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Brennan Spiegel of Cedars-Sinai Health System, USA, and colleagues. (2019-08-14)

Fertilizers' impact on soil health compared
In a newly published study, researchers dug into how fertilizing with manure affects soil quality, compared with inorganic fertilizer. (2018-10-31)

The true 'value' of biodiversity
Planning conservation policies to protect biodiversity using single core 'values' such as the 'usefulness' of a species could put 'less useful' species at risk. (2018-05-03)

Pictures in your head -- the secret of beautiful poems
The more a poem evokes vivid sensory imagery, the more we like it. (2017-12-13)

What gives poetry its aesthetic appeal? New research has well-versed answer
New psychology research points to the factors that explain why we find particular poems aesthetically pleasing -- results that enhance our understanding of 'why we like what we like.' (2017-11-30)

Is a biological driver behind the need for self-fulfillment?
As human beings, what drives us to higher levels of existence? Once we have satisfied the basics - food, shelter, a mate, children - then what? For many it's the idea of self-actualization, or realizing our full potential. But what does self-actualization look like? How do we know when we are doing it? Arizona State University researchers recently published a new series of studies on what people think it means to be self-actualized. (2017-07-12)

Brain's connectivity network may provide key insights into neurological disorders
A deeper understanding of the brain's connectivity network of neurons and its relationship to the organ's deep tissue could allow researchers to predict brain spatial patterns and recognize what processes relate to neurological disorders, according to a new study from Weill Cornell Medicine and the University of California at San Francisco. (2017-06-27)

Age at immigration influences occupational skill development
Future occupations of US immigrant children are influenced by how similar their native language is to English, according to a new study from scholars at Duke University and the US Naval Postgraduate School. 'The more difficult it is for the child to learn English, the more likely they will invest in math/logic and physical skills over communications skills,' said co-author Marcos Rangel, assistant professor of public policy at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy. (2017-03-23)

Is the human brain hardwired to appreciate poetry?
In 1932 T.S. Eliot famously argued, 'Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.' But can we really appreciate the musical sound of poetry independent of its literary meaning? Apparently yes. A recent study has shown that the brain displays a positive electrophysiological response when presented with sentences that conform to certain poetic construction rules. It is the first demonstration of unconscious processing of poetic constructs by the brain. (2017-02-17)

Creative activities promote day-to-day wellbeing
Everyday creative activity may lead to an 'upward spiral' of increased wellbeing and creativity in young adults, new research from New Zealand's University of Otago suggests. In their study, Department of Psychology researchers asked 658 university students to keep a daily diary of their experiences and emotional states over 13 days. After analysing the diaries the researchers, led by Dr. Tamlin Conner, found a pattern of the participants feeling more enthusiasm and higher 'flourishing' than usual following days when they were more creative. (2016-11-23)

Lisa Biggs awarded $100,000 from Knight Foundation
Lisa Biggs, assistant professor in Michigan State University's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, has received $100,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its funding of arts projects that explore the origins and impact of Detroit's 1967 civil unrest. (2016-11-08)

Science sheds light on 250-year-old literary controversy
The social networks behind one of the most famous literary controversies of all time have been uncovered using modern networks science. (2016-10-20)

Vicious circles -- confusing, instructive, amusing?
A conceptual structure that leads to deep scientific discoveries, yet tricks the mind into believing the impossible. (2016-06-22)

Clay country poet suffered from congenital syphilis
Cornish 'Poet of the Clay' Jack Clemo became blind and deaf because of congenital syphilis inherited from his father, a new University of Exeter study has found. (2016-05-31)

US prison camps demonstrate the fragile nature of rights, says author
The US has been a leading voice for human rights. It's also run prison camps, now and in the past, that denied people those rights. A. Naomi Paik wanted to explore that contradiction -- finding out why these camps were organized, how they were justified, how prisoners have been treated and their response to that treatment. The result is her book 'Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in US Prison Camps since World War II.' (2016-05-24)

Do genes express themselves through poetry?
A new study from Michigan State University makes inroads in learning to 'read' the genome, a key goal of modern biology. (2016-05-09)

Using data to explore poetic sound
Hoping to bridge data science and the humanities, Michigan State University researcher Sean Pue will use a fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to study the role of sound in modern South Asian poetry. (2016-04-19)

Scientists discover that salty sea spray affects clouds
All over the planet, every day, oceans send plumes of sea spray into the atmosphere. Beyond the poetry of crashing ocean waves, this salt- and carbon-rich spray also has a dramatic effect on cloud formation and duration. (2015-12-22)

Salty sea spray affects the lifetimes of clouds, researchers find
Ice particles from sea spray affect the phase structure of clouds and their radiative impacts, a new study from Colorado State University reveals. (2015-12-21)

Depressed Pinterest users suffer from lack of positive messages, UGA study finds
Despite the large number of posts on visual social media platforms that suggest -- and fuel -- depressing or suicidal thoughts, there aren't many for users to read and share that would help them cope with their mental state more proactively, a University of Georgia study finds. (2015-12-09)

Iran's enduring impact
Encompassing religion, literature, the arts and politics, 'Iran in World History' (Oxford University Press) provides a comprehensive history of one of the most influential civilizations, and gives compelling examples of its continuing role in the world today. (2015-12-01)

UC Davis receives $1.5 million from Iranian-American philanthropist
The gift will establish the Bita Daryabari Presidential Chair in Persian Language and Literature and help transform UC Davis into a leading force in teaching, research and outreach that advances global understanding of Persian language and culture. (2015-09-24)

The reason why middle class people are more likely to play music, paint and act revealed
The reason why middle class people are more likely to play music, paint and act has been revealed in a major new study. (2015-09-15)

Ancient Chinese archives track decline of rare apes
Scientists at the international conservation charity Zoological Society of London have used historical records from China stretching back over 400 years to track changes in the distribution of gibbons, which today are some of China's most threatened species. This is one of the first instances of using ancient historical records to reconstruct the course of extinctions across several centuries. (2015-08-04)

The arts improve medical care through learned observation
The visual and narrative arts can help physicians hone their observational skills -- a critical expertise increasingly needed in today's medicine, contends a Georgetown University Medical Center family medicine professor. (2015-07-08)

Popular images of journalists have changed little over a century, says a new book
If you think reporters are scoundrels, you might point to popular culture. If you think they're heroes, you might do the same. For more than a century, both depictions have been plentiful and constant, whether in films, books and comics; on TV and radio; or more recently in video games, say two experts on the subject, in their book 'Heroes and Scoundrels: The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture.' (2015-04-23)

Sex and smell -- Adam's nose
Exploitation of the rich food resources of Africa's grasslands required our ancestors to live communally to obtain the benefits of collaborative hunting. The threat to family structure caused by the close proximity of un-partnered males was greatly reduced when a genetic mutation disabled the part of the sense of smell that detects sex pheromones. The resulting privatization of sex strengthened the pair-bond, and enabled the gradual development of our species' rich perfume and incense culture. (2015-03-10)

Screen name matters in the online dating game
One starting with a letter in top half of the alphabet could make all the difference. (2015-02-12)

2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio, Jan. 10-13
Over 6,000 mathematicians will attend the annual meetings of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 10-13. The annual math meetings provide an opportunity for mathematicians in all fields of mathematics to present talks and participate in panels on theoretical research and on applications of math to areas such as education, ecology, and the arts. (2015-01-05)

Valuable movies and valued movies may be two different things
Action movies may drive box office revenues, but dramas and deeper, more serious movies earn audience acclaim and appreciation, according to a team of researchers. (2014-11-12)

Only 25 minutes of mindfulness meditation alleviates stress
Mindfulness meditation has become an increasingly popular way for people to improve their mental and physical health, yet most research supporting its benefits has focused on lengthy, weeks-long training programs. New research from Carnegie Mellon University is the first to show that brief mindfulness meditation practice -- 25 minutes for three consecutive days -- alleviates psychological stress. Published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, the study investigates how mindfulness meditation affects people's ability to be resilient under stress. (2014-07-02)

EARTH magazine: The history, science and poetry of New England's stone walls
When author John-Manuel Andriote returned to his hometown in New England after years away, he noticed something that had been invisible to him while growing up there -- the old stone walls tumbling off into the forests. (2014-05-28)

Outcome of stroke worse for people with infection
Infection is bad news for all of us -- but it can be really serious to people who have had a stroke. Evidence is mounting that infection makes things much worse after a stroke. (2014-04-15)

Poetry is like music to the mind, scientists prove
Scientists at the University of Exeter used state-of-the-art functional magnetic resonance imaging technology, which allows them to visualize which parts of the brain are activated to process various activities. No one had previously looked specifically at the differing responses in the brain to poetry and prose. (2013-10-09)

Human brains are hardwired for empathy, friendship, study shows
A U.Va. study using brain scans has found that people experience risk to friends in the same way they feel risk to themselves. (2013-08-22)

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