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Human Quirks: Mind & Brain
July 12, 2020

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Animals Who Try to Sound 'Bigger' Are Good at Learning Sounds

Some animals fake their body size by sounding 'bigger' than they actually are. Researchers studied 164 different mammals and found that animals who lower their voice to sound bigger are often skilled ...

Our Animal Inheritance: Humans Perk Up Their Ears, Too, When They Hear Interesting Sounds

Many animals move their ears to better focus their attention on a novel sound. That humans also have this capability was not known until now. A ...

Wearable-Tech Glove Translates Sign Language Into Speech in Real Time

Bioengineers have designed a glove-like device that can translate American Sign Language into English speech in real time though a smartphone app. The system includes a pair of gloves with thin, ...
Humans and monkeys may not speak the same lingo, but our ways of thinking are a lot more similar than previously thought, according to ...
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Distorted Passage of Time During the COVID-19 Lockdown

A survey conducted in the U.K. suggests that social and physical distancing measures put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic significantly impacted people's perception of how quickly time ...

Researchers Foresee Linguistic Issues During Space Travel

Interstellar space travelers arriving on another planet could face problems communicating with previous and subsequent arrivals, their spoken language having changed in isolation along the ...

Quantum Physics Provides a Way to Hide Ignorance

Students can hide their ignorance and answer questions correctly in an exam without their lack of knowledge being detected by teachers -- but only in the quantum ...

Neuroscientists Discover Neural Circuits That Control Hibernation-Like Behaviors in Mice

Neuroscientists have discovered a population of neurons in the hypothalamus that controls hibernation-like behavior, or torpor, in mice, revealing for the first time the neural circuits that regulate ...

Elite Gamers Share Mental Toughness With Top Athletes, Study Finds

In one of the first studies to investigate mental toughness and stress and coping in high performing esports athletes, researchers have found similarities to traditional elite ...

The Mystery of Visual Stability

We move our eyes several times per second. These fast eye movements, called saccades, create large image shifts on the retina -- making our visual system work hard to maintain a stable perceptual ...

High Doses of Ketamine Can Temporarily Switch Off the Brain

Researchers have identified two brain phenomena that may explain some of the side-effects of ketamine. Their measurements of the brain waves of sheep sedated by the drug may explain the out-of-body ...

What Can Maritime Shipping Learn from Brain Network Science?

Researchers show how network science computational theories used for brain analysis can help us to understand global shipping networks and their impact on the world ...

World's First Spherical Artificial Eye Has 3D Retina

Scientists have developed the world's first 3D artificial eye with capabilities better than existing bionic eyes and in some cases, even exceed those of the human eyes, bringing vision to ...

Neuroengineers have created a tiny surgical implant that can electrically stimulate the brain and nervous system without using a battery or wired power ...

For University Classrooms, Are Telepresence Robots the Next Best Thing to Being There?

Telepresence robots help university students learning remotely to feel more a part of the class, new research ...

'Single Pixel' Vision in Fish Helps Scientists Understand How Humans Can Spot Tiny Details

Recently discovered 'single-pixel vision' in fish could help researchers understand how humans are able to spot tiny details in their environment -- like stars in the ...

New Gut-Brain Link: How Gut Mucus Could Help Treat Brain Disorders

Gut bacterial imbalance is linked with many neurological disorders. Now researchers have identified a common thread: changes in gut mucus. It's a new gut-brain connection that opens fresh paths ...

Multifunctional E-Glasses Monitor Health, Protect Eyes, Control Video Games

Fitness tracker bracelets and watches provide useful information, such as step count and heart rate, but they usually can't provide more detailed data about the wearer's health. Now, ...

Chimpanzees Help Trace the Evolution of Human Speech Back to Ancient Ancestors

One of the most promising theories for the evolution of human speech has finally received support from chimpanzee ...

Designing Technologies That Interpret Your Mood from Your Skin

An international team of researchers have developed an innovative way of interpreting biological signals produced by the conductance of our skin. The system displays information in the form of ...

Hearts That Drum Together Beat Together

Researchers have found that in a structured group drumming task aspects of participants' heart function synchronized. In a subsequent improvisational drumming task, groups with high ...

Artificial Pieces of Brain Use Light to Communicate With Real Neurons

Researchers have created a way for artificial neuronal networks to communicate with biological neuronal networks. The new system converts artificial electrical spiking signals to a visual pattern ...

Comedy Club Performances Provide Insights on How Robots, Humans Connect Via Humor

A robot comic is more funny when it has good ...

Dynamic Stimulation of the Visual Cortex Allows Blind and Sighted People to 'See' Shapes

A team of investigators has described an approach in which implanted electrodes are stimulated in a dynamic sequence, essentially 'tracing' shapes on the surface of the visual cortex that ...

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