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Honeybees' waggle dance no longer useful in some cultivated landscapes
For bees and other social insects, being able to exchange information is vital for the success of their colony. (2019-02-22)
Mandarin Chinese could help us understand how infants learn English
Infants may be more sensitive to non-native speech sounds than previously thought, according to a study published in the Journal of Memory and Language. (2019-02-20)
Artificial intelligence can identify trauma patients who misuse alcohol
A first-of-its kind study has demonstrated that an artificial intelligence technique can be used to identify trauma patients who misuse alcohol. (2019-02-20)
A shared past for East Africa's hunter-gatherers
Research led by University of Pennsylvania scientists offers a new look at African genetic diversity, with data from 50 populations. (2019-02-18)
Brain-computer interface, promise of restoring communication discussed at AAAS presentation
Choosing the 'right' brain-computer interface that maximizes reliability of the neural control signal and minimizes fatigue and frustration is critical. (2019-02-15)
The language of conversation impacts on the 'synchronization' of our brains
Experts from the Basque research center BCBL have shown for the first time that the way in which the activity of two brains is connected depends on whether the dialogue takes place in the native language or in a foreign language. (2019-02-14)
Pitch perfect: Strategic language use maximizes the chances of influencing an audience
Research finds four interconnected language strategies that entrepreneurs employ to best influence their audience. (2019-02-12)
Bias may affect providers' knowledge of transgender health
Transphobia rather than education predicts provider knowledge of transgender health care. (2019-02-11)
Learning a second alphabet for a first language
A part of the brain that maps letters to sounds can acquire a second, visually distinct alphabet for the same language, according to a study of English speakers published in eNeuro. (2019-02-11)
Trump's simple, confident language has strong historical roots
To many, President Donald Trump's use of nontraditional, off-the-cuff language seems unlike that of any other politician, but new research on the language of past and present world leaders reveals simple, straightforward messaging that exudes confidence may be the new norm -- making Trump a man of his time, rhetorically speaking. (2019-02-11)
'Doing science,' rather than 'being scientists,' more encouraging to girls
Asking young girls to 'do science' leads them to show greater persistence in science activities than does asking them to 'be scientists,' finds a new psychology study by researchers at New York University and Princeton University. (2019-02-06)
Advocating for social issues at work more likely to succeed linking morality and mission, study says
When convincing management to consider advocating for a particular social issue, employees may think it is wise to focus on the benefits to the bottom line but making a moral argument may be a better strategy, as long as it aligns with the company's values, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. (2019-02-04)
The web meets genomics: a DNA search engine for microbes
Microbes are the most common and diverse organisms on the planet. (2019-02-04)
Word order predicts a native speakers' working memory
Memory plays a crucial role in our lives, and several studies have already investigated how we store and retrieve information under different conditions. (2019-02-04)
Peering under the hood of fake-news detectors
New work from MIT researchers peers under the hood of an automated fake-news detection system, revealing how machine-learning models catch subtle but consistent differences in the language of factual and false stories. (2019-02-04)
Learning new vocabulary during deep sleep
Researchers of the University of Bern, Switzerland, showed that we can acquire the vocabulary of a new language during distinct phases of slow-wave sleep and that the sleep-learned vocabulary could be retrieved unconsciously following waking. (2019-01-31)
Babies who hear two languages at home develop advantages in attention
In the study, infants who are exposed to more than one language show better attentional control than infants who are exposed to only one language. (2019-01-30)
Newborn babies have inbuilt ability to pick out words, finds study
A research study of newborn babies has revealed that humans are born with the innate skills needed to pick out words from language. (2019-01-29)
Newborn babies have inbuilt ability to pick out words, study finds
Newborn babies are born with the innate skills needed to pick out words from language, a new study published in Developmental Science reveals. (2019-01-29)
Listeners get an idea of the personality of the speaker through his voice
A paper published by Cristina Baus and Albert Costa, UPF researchers at the Center for Cognition and Brain (CBC), in collaboration with researchers from the Université Aix-Marseille and the University of Glasgow, has shown that listeners across languages form very rapid personality impressions from the voice and this is not modulated by the language of the listener, native or foreign. (2019-01-29)
Children shape their learning environment
A close collaboration between University of Connecticut and Interacting Minds at Aarhus University researchers is exploring how parents and children influence each other when they interact, and the longer term impact this has on language acquisition. (2019-01-24)
On its own, Trump admin's price disclosure policy unlikely to help curb drug prices
The Trump administration's proposal to require pharmaceutical companies to publish drug prices in TV ads is unlikely to help control drug prices, according to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine. (2019-01-22)
Price disclosure legislation unlikely to lower drug costs
The Trump administration's proposal to require pharmaceutical companies to publish drug prices in TV ads is unlikely to help control drug prices, according to a study publishing Jan. (2019-01-22)
Does being bilingual make children more focused? Study says no
Bilingual children do not have more advantages than monolingual children when it comes to executive function, which includes remembering instructions, controlling responses, and shifting swiftly between tasks, according to a new study published in PLOS One. (2019-01-18)
Telling stories using rhythmic gesture helps children improve their oral skills
For the first time it has been shown that a brief training session with rhythmic gestures has immediate benefits for narrative discourse in children of 5 and 6 years of age in a study published recently in Developmental Psychology led by Pilar Prieto, ICREA research professor and coordinator of the Prosodic Studies Group and of the Department of Translation and Language Sciences, together with her collaborators, Ingrid Vilà-Giménez and Alfonso Igualada (Cognition and Language Research Group, Open University of Catalonia). (2019-01-17)
Study: Immigrant kids deliberately build STEM skills
US immigrant children study more math and science in high school and college, which leads to their greater presence in STEM careers, according to new findings from scholars at Duke University and Stanford University. (2019-01-08)
'A way cool way to be': Study offers new insights into children with autism
In the first study of its kind, a team of researchers was able to perform functional MRIs of a group of children with autism whose IQs averaged 54. (2019-01-02)
Marmoset monkeys expect the melody's closing tone
In speech and music, words and notes depend on each other. (2018-12-19)
Passive exposure alone can enhance the learning of foreign speech sounds
Ability to understand and subsequently speak a new language requires the ability to accurately discriminate speech sounds of a given language. (2018-12-17)
Scientific assessment of endangered languages produces mixed results
A new study of the progress made over the last 25 years in documenting and revitalizing endangered languages shows both significant advances and critical shortfalls. (2018-12-10)
Researchers investigate why older people read more slowly
One of the most obvious changes that comes with ageing is that people start doing things more slowly. (2018-12-06)
Linguistic study finds 'the I's have it' when it comes to education rates
Linguistic study finds 'the I's have it' when it comes to education rates. (2018-12-03)
Learning to read comes at a cost
Learning how to read may have some disadvantages for learning grammar. (2018-12-01)
Stop -- hey, what's that sound?
In a new study, researchers were able to see where in the brain, and how quickly -- in milliseconds -- the brain's neurons transition from processing the sound of speech to processing the language-based words of the speech. (2018-11-29)
Study finds sexual trauma survivors have clear preferences in obstetric care
Researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) surveyed women with a history of sexual trauma and found that they have clear preferences regarding how they communicate their history with providers as well as certain aspects of their treatment plan. (2018-11-29)
Researchers reveal link between job titles and gender equality
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI) have revealed a link between role-nouns (e.g. job titles) in gendered languages and gender equality. (2018-11-28)
AI system may accelerate search for cancer discoveries
Searching through the mountains of published cancer research could be made easier for scientists, thanks to a new AI system. (2018-11-27)
Wriggly, squiffy, lummox, and boobs: What makes some words funny?
Upchuck, bubby, boff, wriggly, yaps, giggle, cooch, guffaw, puffball, and jiggly: the top 10 funniest words in the English language, according to a new study by University of Alberta psychology experts. (2018-11-27)
Early detection of epilepsy in children possible with deep learning computer science technique
Early detection of the most common form of epilepsy in children is possible through 'deep learning,' a new machine learning tool that teaches computers to learn by example, according to a new study that includes researchers from Georgia State University. (2018-11-27)
Parents learn, babies talk: How coaching moms and dads improves infants' language skills
A new study from the University of Washington's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) shows that parents who learn how and why to speak 'parentese' can have a direct impact on their children's vocabulary. (2018-11-26)
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