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August 13, 2020

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New Type of Taste Cell Discovered in Taste Buds

Our mouths may be home to a newly discovered set of multi-tasking taste cells that -- unlike most known taste cells, which detect individual tastes -- are capable of detecting sour, sweet, bitter and ...

When You're Smiling, the Whole World Really Does Smile With You

From Sinatra to Katy Perry, celebrities have long sung about the power of a smile -- how it picks you up, changes your outlook, and generally makes you feel better. But is it all smoke and mirrors, ...

TV-Watching Snackers Beware: You Won't Notice You're Full If Your Attention Is Elsewhere

Eating while doing something perceptually-demanding makes it more difficult to notice when you feel full, shows new ...

Multifocal Contact Lenses Slow Myopia Progression in Children

Children wearing multifocal contact lenses had slower progression of their myopia, according to new results. The findings support an option for controlling the condition, also called nearsightedness, ...
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Waning Attention to Climate Change Amid Pandemic Could Have Lasting Effects

With COVID-19 dominating the headlines, searches for climate change are on the decline. That worries authors of a new study showing that even brief, involuntary attention to environmental issues ...

How Creating an 'Empathy Lens' Makes P2P Marketing Communications More Effective

Provider-focused P2P marketing communications increase consumers' likelihood of purchase, app download, and willingness to ...

'SoundWear' a Heads-Up Sound Augmentation Gadget Helps Expand Children's Play Experience

Researchers designed a wearable bracelet using sound augmentation to leverage play benefits by employing digital technology. The research team also investigated how sound influences children's ...

Loss of smell, or anosmia, is one of the earliest and most commonly reported symptoms of COVID-19. A new study identifies the olfactory cell types most vulnerable to infection by the novel ...

Different from a Computer: Why the Brain Never Processes the Same Input in the Same Way

The brain never processes the same information in the same way. Scientists have found out why this is the case and how it works. A decisive role plays a critical state of the neuronal ...

Two Distinct Circuits Drive Inhibition in the Sensory Thalamus of the Brain

The thalamus is a 'Grand Central Station' for sensory information coming to our brains. Almost every sight, sound, taste and touch travels to our brain's cortex via the thalamus. ...

Developing Neural Circuits Linked to Hunting Behavior

Researchers demonstrated the relationship between improvements in zebrafish's hunting skills and the development of sensory coding in a part of the brain which responds to visual ...

Mapping the Brain's Sensory Gatekeeper

Researchers have mapped the thalamic reticular nucleus in unprecedented detail, revealing that the region contains two distinct subnetworks of neurons with different functions. The findings could ...

Even If You Want To, You Can't Ignore How People Look or Sound

Your perceptions of someone you just met are influenced in part by what they look like and how they sound. But can you ignore how someone looks or how they sound if you're told it is not ...

Brain Network Mechanism Causing Spatial Memory Impairment Revealed

Patients with Alzheimer's disease frequently suffer from spatial memory loss, such as no recognition of where they are, and forgetting where they put their belongings. They often show a ...

Scientists Observe Learning Processes Online in the Brain

Stimulating the fingertip rhythmically for a sustained period of time, markedly improves touch sensitivity of this finger. A research team analyzed the impact of this process in the brain. Using EEG, ...

Music on the Brain

A new study looks at differences between the brains of Japanese classical musicians, Western classical musicians and nonmusicians. Researchers investigated specific kinds of neural behavior in ...

Neuronal Circuits in the Brain 'Sense' Our Inner State

How decisions are made and how behavior is controlled is one of the most important questions in neuroscience. The neurotransmitter dopamine plays a central role in all of this. Scientists looked into ...

COVID-19 May Attack Patients' Central Nervous System

A new study finds that depressed mood or anxiety exhibited in COVID-19 patients may be a sign the virus affects the central nervous system. These two psychological symptoms were most closely ...

Vision Scientists Discover Why People Literally Don't See Eye to Eye

We humans may not always see eye to eye on politics, religion, sports and other matters of debate. And now it turns out we also cannot agree on the location and size of objects in our physical ...

Study Finds Hidden Emotions in the Sound of Words

New research shows that some sound combinations, like those in the word 'virus,' elicit more emotionally intense responses than others. This may play a role in both children's language ...

Keeping Innocent People out of Jail Using the Science of Perception

People wrongfully accused of a crime often wait years -- if ever -- to be exonerated. Many of these wrongfully accused cases stem from unreliable eyewitness testimony. Now, scientists have identified ...

Special Filters in Glasses Can Help the Color Blind See Colors Better, Study Finds

A new study found that special patented glasses engineered with technically advanced spectral notch filters enhance color vision for those with the most common types of red-green color vision ...

Genetic Variation Shapes Individual Perception of Fatty Foods

Most people would agree that the pleasure of some foods stems in part from its fat content. New research has now found that liking of fatty food is more complex than its fat content alone -- it could ...

What Happens When Food First Touches Your Tongue

A new study might explain why humans register some tastes more quickly than others, potentially due to each flavor's molecular size. The research also provided explanation as to why humans ...

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