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A new longitudinal study looked at how youths' self-concepts are linked to their actual academic achievement in math and reading from middle childhood to adolescence. The study found that students' self-concepts of their abilities in these two academic domains play an important role in motivating their achievements over time and across levels of achievement.
Posted: September 19, 2017, 6:40 pm
People who tend to trust their intuition or to believe that the facts they hear are politically biased are more likely to stand behind inaccurate beliefs, a new study suggests.
Posted: September 18, 2017, 11:51 pm
Most parents are sure schools would be able to provide basic first aid but are less confident about a school's ability to respond to more complex health situations, such as an asthma attack or mental health problem.
Posted: September 18, 2017, 6:38 pm
It is possible to unlearn fears. And this works even better when a specific region of the brain has previously been stimulated magnetically.
Posted: September 16, 2017, 2:22 am
A lack of sleep is associated with more absence and teens turn up jet lagged to school on Mondays, as shown in new research.
Posted: September 16, 2017, 2:18 am
With school nurses often covering multiple buildings, researchers find that nearly one in five students who experience severe allergic reactions are given potentially life-saving epinephrine injections from unlicensed staff or students.
Posted: September 15, 2017, 7:22 pm
A growing body of evidence suggests access to safe, natural areas improves health across a wide variety of areas, including heart health, mental health, weight management, ADHD, and stress among children.
Posted: September 15, 2017, 7:22 pm
A new study finds that brief memory reactivations can replace the repeated extensive practice and training known as 'practice makes perfect' as a learning technique.
Posted: September 14, 2017, 5:00 am
Kids who are praised for being smart, or who are told they have a reputation for being smart, are more likely to be dishonest and cheat, a pair of studies has found.
Posted: September 13, 2017, 1:18 am
Boys are much worse at reading than girls. The disparities have been quite consistent over 15 years. New insights may give hope -- if they're put to use.
Posted: September 12, 2017, 7:01 pm
Nutrition has been linked to cognitive performance, but researchers have not pinpointed what underlies the connection. A new study found that monounsaturated fatty acids -- a class of nutrients found in olive oils, nuts and avocados -- are linked to general intelligence, and that this relationship is driven by the correlation between MUFAs and the organization of the brain's attention network.
Posted: September 7, 2017, 8:54 pm
Children who read and write at home -- whether for assignments or just for fun -- are building long-term study and executive function skills, according to a new article
Posted: August 31, 2017, 7:51 pm
Bilingual children from low-income homes are at greater risk of falling behind their peers in developing the appropriate language skills for their age group, leading to poorer academic achievement over time. A new article addresses how inequality impacts children's language development and details policies that can intervene.
Posted: August 31, 2017, 6:44 pm
RAND Corporation and RAND Europe have released the first-ever analysis of the economic implications of a shift in school start times in the US. The study shows that a nationwide move to 8.30 a.m. could lead to an economic gain of $83 billion to the US economy within a decade. The gains projected through the study's economic model would be realized through the higher academic and professional performance of students, and reduced car crash rates.
Posted: August 30, 2017, 8:06 pm
Applying a brain stimulation method, which was previously suggested to enhance mathematical learning in healthy adults, may improve the performance of children with mathematical learning difficulties, according to an exploratory study.
Posted: August 29, 2017, 10:17 pm
The origins of autism remain mysterious. What areas of the brain are involved, and when do the first signs appear? New findings brings us closer to understanding the pathology of autism, and the point at which it begins to take shape in the human brain. Such knowledge will allow earlier interventions in the future and better outcomes for autistic children.
Posted: August 29, 2017, 9:08 pm
Researchers found that inattentiveness in childhood was linked to worse academic performance up to 10 years later in children with and without ADHD, even when they accounted for the children's intellectual ability. The results highlight the long-term effects that childhood inattention can have on academic performance, and suggest that parents and teachers should address inattentiveness in childhood.
Posted: August 29, 2017, 7:20 pm
Children in the German-speaking part of Switzerland who utilize extended education offerings in the first two years of primary school generally perform no better in school than other children, an project has found. Overall, the research shows that all-day schools do not fulfil all the expectations people place in them.
Posted: August 28, 2017, 7:09 pm
The study examined the impact of reforms made to teacher evaluation systems in the wake of a 2009 report that highlighted the failure of US public schools to recognize and act on teacher effectiveness. They found that despite reforms, only a third of teachers perceived by evaluators as ineffective were rated as ineffective. Using surveys and interviews with evaluators in a school district in the Northeast, the researchers uncovered what factors contribute to the discrepancy, and make policy recommendations.
Posted: August 24, 2017, 11:41 pm
A new study finds that students who are known as “high achievers” and take highly competitive courses are the most likely to cheat on their exams.
Posted: August 24, 2017, 10:19 pm
How much do all of the distractions in our lives reduce our ability to remember? A new psychology study found that divided attention does impair memory, but people can still selectively focus on what is most important -- even while they're multitasking.
Posted: August 24, 2017, 7:10 pm
The notion that young females limit their own progress based on what they believe about their intelligence -- called the 'bright girl effect' -- does not persist into adulthood, according to new research.
Posted: August 23, 2017, 6:40 pm
Canadian children don't eat enough vegetables, fruit and dairy products during school hours, causing them to fall short of several daily dietary recommendations on school days, a new study has found.
Posted: August 23, 2017, 6:39 pm
Young children are more likely to attribute mental states to characters that belong to the same group as them relative to characters that belong to an outside group, according to new findings. The study shows that 5- and 6-year-olds were more likely to describe interactions between two characters in terms of what they were thinking and feeling when the characters had the same gender or geographic origin as them.
Posted: August 22, 2017, 11:57 pm
American children, no matter where they live or what school they attend, deserve to be guaranteed a quality education, much as we guarantee a safety net for seniors, argues an American professor.
Posted: August 22, 2017, 8:18 pm
Scientists have found that CD38 and CD157 genes that regulate oxytocin, the supreme human social hormone, are associated with the sociality of young individuals. They found that young adults who have higher expression of the CD38 gene as well as differences in CD157 gene sequence are friendlier and more socially adept than others. They have more close friends and show greater social skills.
Posted: August 22, 2017, 8:00 pm
Schools are failing to offer sufficient opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to engage in science-based learning outside of the classroom, and should be doing more to open up participation, according to new research.
Posted: August 22, 2017, 7:34 pm
Leading pediatrics and sleep associations agree: Teens shouldn't start school so early. Yet recent research finds parents are split almost down the middle on whether they support delays in school start times that might permit their 13- to 17-year-olds to sleep later on school days.
Posted: August 18, 2017, 9:28 pm
If you could save the lives of five people by pushing another bystander in front of a train to his death, would you do it? And should it make any difference if that choice is presented in a language you speak, but isn't your native tongue? Psychologists know communicating in a foreign language matters. In a new study, they take a major step toward understanding why.
Posted: August 17, 2017, 11:47 pm
Traditional cultural norms about gendered roles and femininity still matter for women's choice of college major, according to new research. Researcher have shown how long-held cultural norms about femininity may contribute to ongoing gender segregation in academia, and to the college majors that women decide to pursue in particular.
Posted: August 17, 2017, 7:37 pm
A new study found that four to 6-year-olds shared more after listening to books with human characters than books with anthropomorphic (human-like) animals.
Posted: August 17, 2017, 7:37 pm
A popular theory in neuroscience proposes that slow development of the prefrontal cortex explains teenagers' seemingly impulsive and risky behavior. But an extensive literature review finds that much of the evidence for that theory misinterprets adolescent exploratory behavior as impulsive and that much of what appears to be impulsivity is behavior that is often guided by the desire to learn about the world.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 9:53 pm
Some children are more susceptible to changes than others. They carry the relationship with their parents to school with them. Genetics can help explain why.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 6:20 pm
A new reports a novel mapping methodology adapted for stroke brains. Researchers combined connectome-lesion symptom mapping with traditional voxel-based cortical lesion symptom mapping to assess brain networks supporting auditory comprehension. Results confirm the middle, inferior and posterior temporal regions are the most important for speech comprehension and shed light on potential contributions of temporal lobe network connections in understanding spoken language.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 10:19 pm
Children whose parents provide them with learning materials like books and toys and engage them in learning activities and meaningful conversations in infancy and toddlerhood are likely to develop early cognitive skills that can cascade into later academic success.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 9:35 pm
Young rats with access to a running wheel show improved memory later in life and increased activity of neurons generated in adulthood, finds a new study. The results raise the possibility that exercise early in life may help to protect against age-related cognitive decline.
Posted: August 14, 2017, 11:18 pm
A study shows that, when remembering a sequence of events, the brain focuses on the event paid the least attention, rather than replaying the events in the order they occurred. This finding suggests that attention during the initial encoding of a memory influences how information is manipulated in working memory.
Posted: August 14, 2017, 11:18 pm
One of the most striking findings in psychology is that almost all cognitive abilities are positively related, which allows researchers to summarize people's skills on a wide range of domains as one factor, known as 'g' or 'general intelligence.' Despite this, the mechanisms underlying 'g' remain somewhat mysterious. In a new study, scientists use longitudinal data to directly compare different proposed explanations for the phenomenon of 'g.'
Posted: August 14, 2017, 6:58 pm
Imagining an action between two objects (the umbrella being lodged in the door lock) and a potential consequence (not being able to lock the door) may help people improve their memory for relationships with other objects, according to a recent story.
Posted: August 11, 2017, 6:20 pm
School-based mental health programs can reach large numbers of children, with increasing evidence of effectiveness in improving mental health and related outcomes, according to a research review/
Posted: August 11, 2017, 3:03 am
New research, using a mouse model simulating human bullying, suggests that being bullied produces long-lasting, depression-like sleep dysfunction and other effects on daily biological rhythms.
Posted: August 11, 2017, 12:27 am
Science is fascinating to many, but sentences about research full of expert-level terms and descriptions can scare away even the most passionate audiences. Now, scientists have created a free, scientist-friendly “De-Jargonizer” they hope will make science and research accessible to the public.
Posted: August 10, 2017, 10:20 pm
A new paper suggests that the physiological and psychological effects of profanity and other taboo words on people who read or hear them may be due largely -- but not entirely -- to the context and individual audience members' likelihood of being offended.
Posted: August 10, 2017, 8:19 pm
Neuromyths are common misconceptions about brain research, many of which relate to learning and education. Researchers have surveyed educators, the public and people who have completed neuroscience courses, to assess their belief in neuromyths. The survey revealed that neuromyth beliefs are remarkably prevalent. Training in education and neuroscience helped reduce but did not eliminate belief in neuromyths.
Posted: August 10, 2017, 8:19 pm
Students from families with little interest in math benefit more from a school intervention program that aims at increasing math motivation than do students whose parents regard math as important. A study indicates the intervention program has a "Robin Hood effect" which reduces the "motivational gap" between students from different family backgrounds because new information about the importance of math is made accessible to underprivileged students.
Posted: August 9, 2017, 5:06 pm
The age at which girls have their first period may influence how long they stay in education.
Posted: August 9, 2017, 5:02 pm
Human-computer interactions, such as playing video games, can have a negative impact on the brain, says a new Canadian study. For over 10 years, scientists have told us that action video game players exhibit better visual attention, motor control abilities and short-term memory. But, could these benefits come at a cost?
Posted: August 9, 2017, 12:25 am
Scientists report that bilingual infants as young as 20 months of age efficiently and accurately process two languages.
Posted: August 8, 2017, 1:21 am
Learning involves constant restructuring of nerve-cell connections. This requires specialized transport systems to ensure that these specific synapses can structurally and functionally be modified. One such delivery mechanism has now been characterized.
Posted: August 7, 2017, 8:10 pm
Structural connections between frontal and parietal areas in children's brains can predict their ability to reason later in life, reports new research.
Posted: August 7, 2017, 5:52 pm
New research suggests that greater access to higher education can influence political outcomes.
Posted: August 7, 2017, 5:37 pm
A new study suggests that cultural activities, such as the use of language, influence our learning processes, affecting our ability to collect different kinds of data, make connections between them, and infer a desirable mode of behavior from them.
Posted: August 4, 2017, 8:09 pm
A mobile learning app that uses game elements such as leaderboards and digital badges may have positive effects on student academic performance, engagement, and retention, according to a new study. Researchers developed a fully customizable app that allowed lecturers to push quizzes based on course content directly to their students' devices in order to motivate them, increase their competitiveness, and keep them engaged with the course.
Posted: August 4, 2017, 6:19 am
People tend to believe that others will come around to their point of view over time, according to new findings. The findings show that this 'belief in a favorable future' holds across various contexts and cultures, shedding light on some of the causes and consequences of the political polarization evident today.
Posted: August 4, 2017, 12:26 am
Online mathematics assessment could help improve the mathematics performance of deaf and hard-of-hearing learners in South Africa, suggests a new report.
Posted: August 3, 2017, 8:01 pm
For the majority of college students, having enough food is not on the list of challenges they face in their education. However, a recent study shows that, for students in two-year colleges and vocational schools, hunger is definitely one of the problems they face and can impede their ability to succeed in college.
Posted: August 2, 2017, 8:35 pm
Women's cognitive functioning past middle age may be affected by the degree of gender equality in the country they live in, according to new findings.
Posted: July 31, 2017, 7:24 pm
Two studies examine the personality characteristics that drive dogmatism in the religious and nonreligious. In both groups, higher critical reasoning skills were associated with lower levels of dogmatism. But these two groups diverge in how moral concern influences their dogmatic thinking.
Posted: July 26, 2017, 8:00 pm
Just as athletes cross-train to improve physical skills, those wanting to enhance cognitive skills can benefit from multiple ways of exercising the brain, according to a comprehensive new study. The 18-week study of 318 healthy young adults found that combining physical exercise and mild electric brain stimulation with computer-based cognitive training promoted skill learning significantly more than using cognitive training alone. The enhanced learning was skill-specific and did not translate to general intelligence.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 9:52 pm
Individuals with high levels of psychopathic traits are better at learning to lie than individuals who show few psychopathic traits, according to a new study. The findings indicate that people with high psychopathic traits may not have a 'natural' capacity to lie better, but rather are better at learning how to lie, according to the researchers.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 9:51 pm

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Researchers have found a new link between the brain's immune system and the desire to drink alcohol in the evening.
Posted: September 16, 2017, 12:11 am
Marijuana may bring on temporary paranoia and other psychosis-related effects in individuals at high risk of developing a psychotic disorder, finds a preliminary study.
Posted: September 14, 2017, 5:00 am
Scratching may have evolved as a communication tool to help social cohesion, new research suggests for the first time.
Posted: September 11, 2017, 7:29 pm
Music touches. Until recently, this was only meant in a figurative way -- now it can also be taken literally. Scientists have now found that touch is perceived differently, depending on the music being played. The sexier we perceive the music we are listening to, the more sensual we experience the contact if we think we are touched by another person.
Posted: September 5, 2017, 7:08 pm
Like some bats and marine mammals, people can develop expert echolocation skills, in which they produce a clicking sound with their mouths and listen to the reflected sound waves to 'see' their surroundings. A new study provides the first in-depth analysis of the mouth clicks used in human echolocation.
Posted: August 31, 2017, 11:43 pm
Researchers devised a system that allowed zebrafish to self-administer doses of hydrocodone, an opioid commonly prescribed to people for pain, to study drug dependency behavior.
Posted: August 25, 2017, 11:36 pm
People who see animals as people and assign human traits to non-human objects are more likely to travel to destinations that are presented as being human-like, according to research. A study has found that writing about a destination as if it were human could boost its appeal as a travel destination.
Posted: August 22, 2017, 6:52 pm
New research highlights the usefulness of video game players as unmanned aircraft operators.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 8:44 pm
People who see colors while perceiving smells are better at distinguishing between different smells and different colors, and are better at naming odors, compared to a group without synesthesia.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 8:25 pm
Decades of research has shown that apes, in spite of their proverbial aping abilities, are rather poor imitators, especially when compared to human children. Current theories hold that apes are worse imitators because they lack this social and communicative side of imitation. A new study has instead targeted the interactive side of imitation directly, and finds that the divide between humans and chimpanzees is less clear cut.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:57 pm
People who hear voices that other people can't hear may use unusual skills when their brains process new sounds, according to new research.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 6:27 pm
Scientists have used magnetism to activate tiny groups of cells in the brain, inducing bodily movements that include running, rotating and losing control of the extremities -- an achievement that could lead to advances in studying and treating neurological disease.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 11:16 pm
Testosterone directly impacts financial decisions that drive prices up and destabilize markets, research has shown for the first time.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 7:33 pm
Hot weather can affect human behavior and has been linked to political rebellions and riots. A new study, the first to examine the influence of changes in temperature on peaceful and democratic political behavior, finds that voter behavior can change with increases in state-level temperature. For every 10C rise in temperature, voter turnout increased by 1.4 percent. In addition, when the weather was warmer, citizens chose to vote for the incumbent party.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 7:32 pm
A new computing technology called 'organismoids' mimics some aspects of human thought by learning how to forget unimportant memories while retaining more vital ones.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 8:41 pm
Human eye contact is an important information source. Nonetheless, so far, possibilities to recognize eye contact in everyday situations have been very limited. Computer scientists have now developed a method by the aid of which it is possible to detect eye contact, independent of the type and size of the target object, the position of the camera, or the environment.
Posted: August 11, 2017, 7:07 pm
Cells compete for nutrients. Political campaigns compete for voters. According to new research general principles may begin to explain how differing strategies play out where groups compete for resources.
Posted: August 11, 2017, 12:27 am
Scientists have created an artificial intelligence (AI) that uses internet searches to help co-design a word association magic trick.
Posted: August 10, 2017, 12:44 am
When an electric circuit breaks down, we can repair it by restoring connections in the circuit. Is it possible to restore the connections in our brain? And by doing so, is it possible to restore declining cognitive functions? Numerous regions of the brain are connected together and constitute a huge network. Researchers have developed a learning method to change cognitive function by manipulating connections in the brain.
Posted: August 7, 2017, 5:38 pm
Researchers have examined how people react to robots that exhibit faulty behavior compared to perfectly performing robots. The results show that the participants took a significantly stronger liking to the faulty robot than the robot that interacted flawlessly.
Posted: August 4, 2017, 7:34 pm
Scientists have used the 'mirror box' illusion -- an old magic trick - in a number of neuroscience studies. Researchers are using a new version of the illusion to study how the brain processes multiple sensory inputs to perceive our bodies and the world around us.
Posted: August 2, 2017, 12:12 am
If it's the thought that makes a gift count, here's a thought that can make your gift count extra: Get a little something for yourself. Research shows that gift recipients are happier with a present when the giver got themselves the same present.
Posted: July 28, 2017, 8:43 pm
The world needs new foods, and we are gradually getting used to the idea of having to eat seaweed and insects. So jellyfish on our plates would not put us off. Right?
Posted: July 27, 2017, 8:00 pm
Researchers reported their latest brain research on ADHD in a scientific journal targeting -- and peer-reviewed by -- children.
Posted: July 26, 2017, 7:59 pm
New research examines how frequently and in what order different aspects of self-reported near-death-experiences occur. By analyzing written first-hand accounts of near-death-experiences, the researchers looked at whether specific aspects of these experiences tend to occur in the same order for different people. They found that even though some events are more common, and some are more likely to follow one another, near-death-experiences tend to be unique to the individual in terms of chronology.
Posted: July 26, 2017, 7:59 pm
The simple act of silently talking to yourself in the third person during stressful times may help you control emotions without any additional mental effort than what you would use for first-person self-talk -- the way people normally talk to themselves.  
Posted: July 26, 2017, 7:59 pm
Researchers have produced the first direct evidence that parts of our brains implicated in mental disorders may be shaped by a 'residual echo' from Neanderthal DNA in our genomes. Evidence from MRI scans suggests that such ancient genetic variation may affect the way our brains work today -- and may hold clues to understanding deficits seen in schizophrenia and autism-related disorders.
Posted: July 26, 2017, 6:45 pm
The Twitter messages of Donald J. Trump, the entrepreneurial businessman turned US president, show that he is creative, competitive and a rule-breaker, but also has neurotic tendencies. An analysis of Trump's tweets and what implications his personality traits have for political leadership are the focus of a new study.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 9:50 pm
Language patterns could be predicted by simple laws of physics, a new study has found. A theory using ideas from physics predicts where and how dialects occur.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 1:26 am
Pain sensitivity associated with alcohol withdrawal may activate the same brain region in both drinking and non-drinking mice, finds a study.
Posted: July 24, 2017, 11:00 pm
Drinking alcohol improves memory for information learned before the drinking episode began, new research suggests.
Posted: July 24, 2017, 8:21 pm
Data from a longitudinal study of over 500,000 people in the United Kingdom indicate that having higher levels of the personality trait neuroticism may reduce the risk of death for individuals who report being in fair or poor health. The research further revealed that a specific aspect of neuroticism related to worry and feelings of vulnerability was associated with lower mortality, regardless of self-reported health.
Posted: July 24, 2017, 6:00 pm
A study of preoperative patients for rhinoplasty suggests poor mental well-being and low self-esteem were associated with poorer perceptions of nasal function, according to a new study.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 11:52 pm
A five-minute encounter with an outsider spurs a cascade of changes in gene activity in the brain that can last for hours, researchers report in a study of stickleback fish.
Posted: July 17, 2017, 8:34 pm
For the first time, a primitive movie has been encoded in -- and then played back from -- DNA in living cells. Scientists say it's a major step toward a 'molecular recorder' that may someday make it possible to access an archive of the changing internal states of a developing cell by sequencing its genome. The ability to record such sequential events as a movie at the molecular level is key to this reinventing of recording.
Posted: July 13, 2017, 12:26 am
Neurologists have created a hands-free, thought-controlled musical instrument. They hope that this new instrument will help empower and rehabilitate patients with motor disabilities such as those from stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Posted: July 12, 2017, 8:35 pm
Some people experience intense aversion and anxiety when they see clusters of roughly circular shapes, such as the bubbles in a cup of coffee or the holes in a sponge. Now psychologists have found that the condition -- known as trypophobia -- may be an exaggerated response linked to deep-seated anxiety about parasites and infectious disease.
Posted: July 11, 2017, 9:44 pm
Manipulating the pulses of electrical activity in the thalamus during non-REM deep sleep make mice remember or forget.
Posted: July 6, 2017, 9:42 pm
A ground-breaking new study challenges the assumption that moral decisions are strongly context dependent and cannot be modeled or described algorithmically, finding that human behavior in dilemma situations can be modeled by a simple value-of-life-based model. The research suggests that human moral behavior can be well-described by algorithms and used by machines to manage moral dilemmas on the road.
Posted: July 5, 2017, 10:02 pm
Researchers developed ways to temporarily eliminate the sense of smell in adult mice, and discovered that those mice that lost smell could eat a high-fat diet and stay a normal weight, while littermates that retained the sense of smell ballooned to twice normal weight. Supersmellers gained more weight than did normal mice on the same high-fat diet. Smell-deficient mice burned excess fat instead of storing it, suggesting a link between smell and metabolism.
Posted: July 5, 2017, 10:00 pm
Seemingly any behavior can be 'gamified' and awarded digital points these days, from tracking the steps you've walked to the online purchases you've made and even the chores you've completed. Tracking behavior in this way helps to spur further action and new research shows that even meaningless scores can serve as effective motivators, as long as those scores are accelerating.
Posted: July 5, 2017, 7:23 pm
People tend to change the pitch of their voice depending on who they are talking to, and how dominant they feel, a study has found.
Posted: June 29, 2017, 7:47 pm
Neuroscientists have thoroughly mapped the touch, visual and auditory regions of the brain's cortex, but how does this sensory information get processed into our perception of the world? Researchers have for the first time reconstructed the spatial map a mouse creates with its whiskers, and found evidence that layers 2 and 3 of the somatosensory cortex integrate the discret inputs from each whisker to create a smooth map of the surrounding world.
Posted: June 28, 2017, 7:28 pm
A systematic review of zolpidem for noninsomnia neurological disorders, including movement disorders and disorders of consciousness, finds reason for additional research.
Posted: June 26, 2017, 10:47 pm
The way you hear and interpret the sounds around you changes as you move. That's how sound in the real world works. Now imagine if it worked that way while you were listening to a recording of a concert or playing a video game in virtual reality. Scientists are now using head related transfer functions (HRTF) to create an immersive sound environment.
Posted: June 26, 2017, 8:28 pm
People who are visually impaired will often use a cane to feel out their surroundings. With training and practice, people can learn to use the pitch, loudness and timbre of echoes from the cane or other sounds to navigate safely through the environment using echolocation.
Posted: June 26, 2017, 7:06 pm
Your cognitive capacity is significantly reduced when your smartphone is within reach — even if it’s off — suggests new research.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 11:00 pm
Different types of memories stored in the same neuron of the marine snail Aplysia can be selectively erased, according to a new study.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:49 pm
Sons of older fathers are more intelligent, more focused on their interests and less concerned about fitting in, all characteristics typically seen in 'geeks,' suggests new British research.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 9:11 pm
One of the well-known challenges of marriage is keeping the passion alive after years of partnership, as passions tend to cool even in very happy relationships. Psychological scientists have now developed an unconventional intervention for helping a marriage maintain its spark: pictures of puppies and bunnies.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 2:24 am
Haute couture can be credited for enhancing more than catwalks and red carpets. New research suggests that the 3D or 'stereoscopic' vision of dressmakers is as sharp as their needles.
Posted: June 14, 2017, 11:07 pm
The arrangement of the photoreceptors in our eyes allows us to detect socially significant color variation better than other types of color vision, a team of researchers has found. Specifically, our color vision is superior at spotting "social signaling," such as blushing or other facial color changes -- even when compared to the type of color vision that we design for digital cameras and other photographic devices.
Posted: June 14, 2017, 6:59 pm
The artificial intelligence that can blow human pilots out of the sky in air-to-air combat accurately predicted treatment outcomes for bipolar disorder, according to a new medical study. The findings open a world of possibility for using AI, or machine learning, to treat disease, researchers said.
Posted: June 12, 2017, 9:23 pm
Using a sophisticated type of mathematics in a way that it has never been used before in neuroscience, a scientists have uncovered a universe of multi-dimensional geometrical structures and spaces within the networks of the brain. This research has significant implications for our understanding of the brain.
Posted: June 12, 2017, 7:11 pm
Eating in front of a mirror — or even with a picture of yourself eating — makes food more appealing, new research suggests.
Posted: June 8, 2017, 5:02 pm
Scientists have found a way to improve creativity through brain stimulation, according to researchers.
Posted: June 7, 2017, 6:24 pm
People with damage to a crucial part of the brain fail to recognize facial emotions, but they unexpectedly find faces looking sideways more memorable researchers have found.
Posted: June 6, 2017, 7:20 pm
Using fMRI signals and Deep Neural Network AI, researchers decode and predict what a subject is seeing or imagining.
Posted: May 31, 2017, 7:18 pm
Researchers have identified a subgroup of neurons in the mouse brain that, upon activation, immediately prompt binge-like eating.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 11:45 pm
Reading is such a modern cultural invention that there is no specific area in the brain dedicated to it. Scientists have found that learning to read as an adult reconfigures evolutionarily ancient brain structures hitherto assigned to different skills. These findings were obtained in a large-scale study in India in which completely illiterate women learned how to read and write for six months.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 11:37 pm

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GKToday's Daily Quiz September 13, 2017 with questions and answers on Current Affairs and Important National and International events for SSC, Bank Clerical, Bank PO, State PSC, CLAT, Railway etc. Competitive Examinations.
Author: Megha
Posted: September 13, 2017, 7:30 pm
GKToday's Daily Quiz September 12, 2017 with questions and answers on Current Affairs and Important National and International events for SSC, Bank Clerical, Bank PO, State PSC, CLAT, Railway etc. Competitive Examinations.
Author: Megha
Posted: September 12, 2017, 7:43 pm
GKToday's Daily Quiz September 11, 2017 with questions and answers on Current Affairs and Important National and International events for SSC, Bank Clerical, Bank PO, State PSC, CLAT, Railway etc. Competitive Examinations.
Author: Megha
Posted: September 11, 2017, 7:08 pm
GKToday's Daily Quiz September 9-10, 2017 with questions and answers on Current Affairs and Important National and International events for SSC, Bank Clerical, Bank PO, State PSC, CLAT, Railway etc. Competitive Examinations.
Author: Megha
Posted: September 10, 2017, 4:18 pm
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