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Are you phonagnosic?
The first known case of someone born without the ability to recognize voices has been reported in a paper by UCL researchers, in a study of a rare condition known as phonagnosia. (2008-10-27)
Sleep problems -- real and perceived -- get in the way of alcoholism recovery
The first few months of recovery from an alcohol problem are hard enough, and they're often made worse by serious sleep problems. (2006-12-06)
Use of DNA evidence is not an open and shut case
Whether used to clinch a guilty verdict or predict the end of a (2010-02-22)
Brains of children with epilepsy able to re-map after surgery to retain visual perception
For children with severe epilepsy, surgery is the last resort used to prevent seizures but the treatment can often come with the risk of both visual and cognitive impairments. (2019-06-04)
Can our genes tell the story of our divergence?
Humans and chimps diverged about 5 million years ago. A study published in PLoS Biology seeks to find the genes that have undergone positive selection during the evolution of both lineages since that time. (2005-05-02)
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)
Study suggests that fear and anger had different effects on conservatives and liberals
The emotional underpinnings of political ideology motivated how the electorate sought and processed information about the 2016 presidential election and the major issue of climate change. (2019-01-09)
Crowdsourcing a living map of world health
What if by collecting vital signs from individual cell phone users around the world, we could map symptoms of disease and see the flu coming like a giant whirling hurricane? (2014-01-23)
Teens who've tried marijuana have used it in more than one form
Most teens who've tried marijuana used it in more than one form, raising concerns about adolescent health amid a booming cannabis market. (2018-09-28)
Do we subconsciously judge face-likeness?
The research team of the Visual Perception and Cognition Laboratory at the Toyohashi University of Technology has suggested that face-likeness is judged by early visual processing at around 100ms after viewing an object. (2018-05-11)
Developing fetuses react to face-like shapes from the womb
It's well known that young babies are more interested in faces than other objects. (2017-06-08)
Virtual reality users must learn to use what they see
A UW-Madison study found that when most people put on a virtual reality headset, they still treat what they see like it's happening on any run-of-the-mill TV screen. (2017-12-04)
Increased use of hand held devices may call for new photo guidelines
Viewing Facebook and Flickr photos on a smart phone are becoming common practice. (2012-06-13)
Scientists show how the brain's estimate of Newton's laws affects perceived object stability
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tuebingen, Germany recently reported that although the physical laws governing object stability are reasonably well represented by the brain, you are a better judge of how objects fall when you are upright than when you lay on your side. (2011-04-27)
Be warned
Oppressive summertime heat claims more lives than all other weather-related disasters combined, including tornadoes and hurricanes. (2006-07-18)
Children with cerebral palsy have similar quality of life to other children
Most children aged 8-12 years with cerebral palsy will have similar quality of life to other children. (2007-06-28)
What you hear could depend on what your hands are doing
New research demonstrates that the two hemispheres specialize in different kinds of sounds (left: rapidly changing sounds, such as consonants; right: slowly changing sounds, such as syllables or intonation). (2012-10-14)
Coke versus Pepsi: It's all in the head
The preference for Coke versus Pepsi is not only a matter for the tongue to decide, Samuel McClure and his colleagues have found. (2004-10-13)
Smelling with your tongue
Scientists from the Monell Center report that functional olfactory receptors, the sensors that detect odors in the nose, are also present in human taste cells found on the tongue. (2019-04-24)
Going green is for girls -- but branding can make men eco-friendly
Can men be persuaded to go green? New research indicates the answer is yes -- and it's all about branding. (2016-08-25)
Mayo Clinic study: Sleep apnea may be tied to increased Alzheimer's biomarker in brain
People who stop breathing during sleep may have higher accumulations of the toxic protein tau, a biological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, in part of the brain that manages memory, navigation and perception of time. (2019-03-03)
1 in 6 public health workers unlikely to respond in pandemic flu emergency
Approximately 1 in 6 public health workers said they would not report to work during a pandemic flu emergency regardless of its severity, according to a survey led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2009-07-24)
Penn team elucidates evolution of bitter taste sensitivity
People often have strong negative reactions to bitter substances, which, though found in healthful foods like vegetables, can also signify toxicity. (2013-11-11)
Language learning: CMU researchers use video games to crack the speech code
To replicate the challenges of learning language as an infant, Carnegie Mellon University's Lori Holt and Sung-Joo Lim and Stockholm University's Francisco Lacerda used video game training with a mock (2011-05-18)
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)
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)
Self-consistency influences how we make decisions
When making decisions, our perception is influenced by judgments we have made in the past as a way of remaining consistent with ourselves, suggests new research published in eLife. (2018-05-23)
Audiovisual integration of speech falters under competing demands for attention
In order to achieve a coherent and accurate representation of the environment, the brain binds together the inputs--for example, vision and audition--arriving from different senses. (2005-05-09)
Is the US a tinderbox ready to ignite?
What is the tipping point at which tolerance for hardship and injustice turns into civic discontent in the form of street demonstrations, and how it might be closer than it seems. (2018-12-20)
Pregnant mice block out unwelcome admirers to protect their pups
Mouse mothers-to-be have a remarkable way to protect their unborn pups. (2008-07-20)
Telling Friend From Foes? Researchers Find Different Brain Regions Activated By Faces
The recognition of faces is so fast and effortless it's easy to overlook the complexity of the brain systems responsible, says a Duke University Medical Center researcher who has helped identify two critical brain regions involved in our ability to process faces. (1998-02-16)
Music develops the spoken language of the hearing-impaired
Finnish researchers have compiled guidelines for international use for utilising music to support the development of spoken language. (2019-06-27)
Sounds can help develop speech and gestures in children with autism
Children with autism and other similar conditions often have difficulties in several areas of communication. (2016-02-24)
Tour de France pelotons governed by sight, not aerodynamics
In a recent study, researchers reveal that vision is the main factor in the formation and shape of a peloton. (2019-07-09)
Surrounded by low achievers -- High on positive emotions?
Study involving the University of Konstanz proves negative impacts of high-achieving environment on school students' individual emotional well-being. (2019-02-11)
Athletes' streaks not all in our (or their) heads
Today in the online journal PLoS ONE, researchers report an analysis of five years of NBA free-throws that supports what is called the (2011-10-05)
How to simulate softness
What factors affect how human touch perceives softness, like the feel of pressing your fingertip against a marshmallow, a piece of clay or a rubber ball? (2019-08-30)
New glimpses into brain uncover neurological basis for processing social information
Neuroscientists are developing a clearer picture than ever before of how the animal brain processes social information, from status and competitive advantage in a group to the calls and vocalizations of peers. (2018-11-04)
To translate touch, the brain can quickly rearrange its sense of the body
The brain is bombarded by information about the physical proportions of our bodies -- familiar sensations, such as a puff of wind, serve to remind the brain of the body's outer bounds. (2005-07-25)
China's national interests become global and complex
Through a thorough consideration of Chinese leaders' evolving world view and their assessments of the changing international environment, the book offers a useful, informative and stimulating background for a better understanding of Chinese foreign policy since the beginning of the era of reforms and opening to the external world. (2016-06-22)
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