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Approaching the perception of touch in the brain
More than ten percent of the cerebral cortex are involved in processing information about our sense of touch -- a larger area than previously thought. This is the result of a joint study by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and Ruhr Universität Bochum. (2019-11-25)

Self-perception of aging may affect the prognosis of older patients with cancer
Self-perception of aging -- or attitudes toward one's aging experience -- may affect older individuals' risk of dying early after being diagnosed with cancer, according to results from a study published in Cancer Medicine. (2020-02-05)

Determinant factors for energy consumption and perception of energy conservation clarified
Change in lifestyle is a key component to realizing a low-carbon society. A research group at Osaka University examined determinant factors associated with the residential consumption and perception of savings of electricity and gas based on data collected from a large-scale survey in Suita City, Osaka, Japan, in two different years: 2009 and 2013, and 'household income,' 'actual amount of energy consumption,' and 'perception of energy savings' were identified as three closely related elements. (2015-12-02)

Babies need free tongue movement to decipher speech sounds
Inhibiting infants' tongue movements impedes their ability to distinguish between speech sounds, researchers with the University of British Columbia have found. The study is the first to discover a direct link between infants' oral-motor movements and auditory speech perception. (2015-10-12)

New perception metric balances reaction time, accuracy
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new metric for evaluating how well self-driving cars respond to changing road conditions and traffic, making it possible for the first time to compare perception systems for both accuracy and reaction time. (2020-09-09)

The 'loudness' of our thoughts affects how we judge external sounds
The 'loudness' of our thoughts -- or how we imagine saying something -- influences how we judge the loudness of real, external sounds, a team of researchers from NYU Shanghai and NYU has found. (2018-02-23)

Development of face perception in Japanese children
Face perception plays an important role in social communication. Here, Japanese research team led by Dr Miki Kensuke and Prof Ryusuke Kakigi, in National Institutes of Natural Sciences, investigated the development of face perception in Japanese children, by using electroencephalogram. The team reported that the face perception in Japanese children almost matured by the age of 13 years old, earlier than that in Western children. The study was reported in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. (2015-05-21)

The relationship between looking/listening and human emotions
Toyohashi University of Technology has indicated that the relationship between attentional states in response to pictures and sounds and the emotions elicited by them may be different in visual perception and auditory perception. This result suggests visual perception elicits emotions in all attentional states, whereas auditory perception elicits emotions only when attention is paid to sounds, thus showing the differences in the relationships between attentional states and emotions in response to visual and auditory stimuli. (2020-06-19)

How the brain computes 3-dimensional structure
The ability of our brain to create a 3D representation from an object's 2D projection on the retina is not well understood and is likely to be highly complex. Now, new research published by Cell Press in the Jan. 12 issue of the journal Neuron provides the first direct evidence that specific brain areas underlie perception of different 3D structures and sheds light the way that the primate brain reconstructs real-world objects. (2012-01-11)

Barrow scientists solve 200-year-old scientific debate involving visual illusions
Neuroscientists at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center have discovered a direct link between eye motions and the perception of illusory motion that solves a 200-year-old debate. (2008-11-20)

Vision: how perceptions survive in the face of ambiguity
Because we live in a visually complex world, one of the major tasks of vision is to resolve ambiguous information into a stable image of our surroundings. By presenting subjects with differing versions of visually ambiguous images, researchers have identified the factors that are important for perceptual stabilization, a process that allows the visual system to overcome conflicting information and maintain a steady perception of an image. (2004-06-07)

Perception of health and balance has direct impact on walking activity, new study says
New research out of the University of Pittsburgh indicates that patients' perceptions of their own health and balance have an impact on how much they walk. The study was originally published in Physical Therapy, the scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association. (2008-12-19)

Virtual reality could be used to treat autism
Playing games in virtual reality (VR) could be a key tool in treating people with neurological disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease. The technology, according to a recent study from the University of Waterloo, could help individuals with these neurological conditions shift their perceptions of time, which their conditions lead them to perceive differently. (2019-03-28)

Perception: Brain integrates features directly to patterns
Does our brain perceive objects initially as a conglomeration of shapes, colors and patterns or does it instantly recognize the entire structure? An article by RUB philosopher Professor Dr. Albert Newen provides the answer. (2016-02-22)

Does having 'lazy eye' affect a child's self-esteem?
Academic performance, interactions with peers, and athletic ability are factors connected to self-esteem in school children. This study of children in the third to eighth grades looked at whether the condition 'lazy eye' or amblyopia, where one eye has reduced vision due to misalignment or blur, was associated with lower self-perception by children of their competence, appearance, conduct and self-worth.  (2018-11-15)

Penny pinching
Have you ever wondered why prices do not often end in simple round numbers? Decades of research have focused on the issue of pricing and a new study published in the June 2005 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research analyzes how consumers perceive the difference between prices ending in .00 or .99. This study which focuses on the left digit, rather than cents, finds that the difference can be important to consumers. (2005-06-02)

Researchers find that color perception is not innate, but acquired after birth
Rearing experimental animals under special illumination, researchers have found new evidence that early visual experience is indispensable for the development of normal color perception. (2004-07-26)

Stimulating life-like perceptual experiences in brains of mice
Using a new and improved optogenetic technique, researchers report the ability to control -- and even create -- novel visual experiences in the brains of living mice, even in the absence of natural sensory input, according to a new study. (2019-07-18)

Perceived obesity causes lower body satisfaction for women than men
'Owning' an obese body produces significantly lower body satisfaction for females than males, scientists have found. (2016-10-11)

It's not you, it's the network
The result of the 2016 US presidential election was, for many, a surprise lesson in social perception bias -- peoples' tendency to assume that others think as we do, and to underestimate the size and influence of a minority party. Many psychologists attribute the source of these biases to faulty cognitive processes like 'wishful thinking' or 'social projection,' but according to a study published August 12, 2019 in Nature Human Behavior, the structure of our social networks might offer a simpler explanation. (2019-08-12)

Social cues and illusion: There's more to magic than meets the eye
The mechanisms that govern visual perception are only partly understood by scientists, and in fact much of what we know about how the human visual system works stems from investigations into our susceptibility to visual illusions. While scientists have used knowledge of illusions to further our understanding of the mind, magicians have learned to master the art of deception for entertainment purposes. (2006-11-20)

Queen's study debunks myth about popular optical illusion
A psychology professor has found that the way people perceive the Silhouette Illusion, a popular illusion that went viral and has received substantial online attention, has little to do with the viewers' personality, or whether they are left- or right-brained, despite the fact that the illusion is often used to test these attributes in popular e-quizzes. (2010-12-21)

Genes contribute to biological motion perception and its covariation with autistic traits
Dr. JIANG Yi, Dr. WANG Ying and their colleagues from the State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Science, Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have conducted a behavioral genetic study to find out the sources underlying the individual differences in biological motion perception. (2018-01-22)

Study suggests lazy eye associated with children's sense of self-perception
This observational study looked at whether the condition known as 'lazy eye' (amblyopia) was associated with an altered sense of self-perception in children (ages 3 to 7) and whether any differences in self-perception were associated with deficiencies in vision and fine motor skills like coordination. Researchers report that among 60 children with lazy eye, the condition was associated with lower measures of self-perception for peer acceptance and physical competence compared with 20 healthy children. (2019-02-14)

Learned motor programs directly influence the visual perception of movements
When novel movements are learned -- for example, in sports -- visual and motor learning take place simultaneously. In findings reported this week, researchers present an experiment that separates the influences of visual and motor learning during the acquisition of a new motor behavior and demonstrate that motor learning imparts a direct influence on visual perception, independently of visual familiarity with learned movements. (2006-01-09)

Low tolerance for pain? The reason may be in your genes
Researchers may have identified key genes linked to why some people have a higher tolerance for pain than others, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26-May 3, 2014. (2014-04-20)

Solving the mystery of musical harmony
For over two thousand years, musicians and scientists have puzzled over why some combinations of musical tones played together sound more harmonious than others. Now, Duke University perception scientists David Schwartz, Catherine Howe and Dale Purves have presented evidence that variation in the relative harmoniousness, or (2003-08-05)

New research questions how fat influences flavor perception
A joint study carried out by the University of Nottingham and the multinational food company Unilever has found for the first time that fat in food can reduce activity in several areas of the brain which are responsible for processing taste, aroma and reward. (2012-07-19)

Girls need more positive experiences of ball skills
Children have high perceptions of motor skills. Some gender differences were identified: girls better in locomotor skills, boys have higher perception and actual skills in ball skills. (2019-03-21)

How older people learn
As a person ages, perception declines, accompanied by augmented brain activity. Learning and training may ameliorate age-related degradation of perception, but age-related brain changes cannot be undone. Rather, brain activity is enhanced even further, but for other reasons and with different outcomes. Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum discovered these facts in a recent study, the results of which have now been published in Scientific Reports. (2016-06-16)

RUDN University linguist: learning foreign language is harder for visually impaired people
A scientist from RUDN University analysed the effect of visual impairment on a person's perception of unfamiliar sounds when learning a foreign language. The experiment showed that lack of access to visual cues makes learning difficult. (2020-10-06)

Study: Stop thinking your wife is bad with money
A new multistate study from researchers at BYU and Kansas State found when a husband thinks his wife spends too much money, whether it's reality or perception, financial and marriage problems follow (2017-08-16)

Neuroscience research provides evidence the brain is strobing not constant
It's not just our eyes that play tricks on us, but our ears. That's the finding of a landmark Australian-Italian collaboration that provides new evidence that oscillations, or 'strobes', are a general feature of human perception. While our conscious experience appears to be continuous, the University of Sydney and Italian universities study suggests that perception and attention are intrinsically rhythmic in nature. (2017-11-16)

Beauty and the beholder: Why pretty faces don't always help sales
Beautiful young models are used to sell everything from computer processors to motor oil. But is it really effective to use a pretty face to market something that has nothing to do with physical attractiveness? New research from the June issue of the Journal of Consumer Research argues that an attractive model can actually negatively influence product perception if the model is irrelevant to the quality of the product and the consumer had a very high interest in the product to being with. (2006-05-08)

Newborn babies have built-in body awareness ability
The ability to differentiate your own body from others is a fundamental skill, critical for humans' ability to interact with their environments and the people in them. Now, researchers reporting in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, on Nov. 21 provide some of the first evidence that newborn babies enter the world with the essential mechanisms for this kind of body awareness already in place. (2013-11-21)

Smokers' bitter taste buds may be on the fritz
Smokers and those who have quit cannot fully appreciate the full flavor of a cup of coffee, because many cannot taste the bitterness of their regular caffeine kick. This is the finding of a study led by Nelly Jacob of the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital APHP in France, published in Springer's journal Chemosensory Perception. (2014-03-24)

Switching off brain circuit renders mice 'out of touch' with environment
New research suggests that the apparent simplicity of tactile sensation comes from a clever two-stage brain circuit. By manipulating this circuit with light-driven optical genetic tools, researchers made laboratory mice literally 'lose touch' with their surroundings as their feet became unable to sense rough or smooth surfaces. (2015-05-21)

Risk is much more than a game
Wildfires and flooding affect many more people in the USA than earthquakes and landslide and yet the dread, the perceived risk, of the latter two is much greater than for those hazards that are more frequent and cause greater loss of life. Research published in the International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, suggests that a new paradigm for risk assessment is needed. (2014-05-23)

Researcher gets National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for young faculty
Dr. Bradley Cooke, an assistant professor in Georgia State University's Neuroscience Institute, has received the $650,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, one of 18 awarded by the NSF's Division of Integrative Organismal Systems in the last year. (2013-09-13)

Fine motor skills, social acceptance lower in children with 'lazy eye'
A recent study evaluating the fine motor skills and perceived self esteem of children with amblyopia (or (2007-05-09)

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