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May 6, 2015

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May 6, 2015

Apr. 6, 2015 — A grad student is conducting research that studies the ways in which infants' eyes track their mothers' faces -- a small detail that can have a big impact on a child's foundation for ... read more

Mar. 31, 2015 — New research reveals high-quality early education is especially advantageous for children when they start younger and continue longer. Not only does more high-quality early education significantly ... read more

Wearable Technology Can Help With Public Speaking

Mar. 30, 2015 — Speaking in public is the top fear for many people. Now, researchers have developed an intelligent user interface for 'smart glasses' that gives real-time feedback to the speaker on volume ... read more

Classroom Behaviour and Dyslexia Research

Mar. 30, 2015 — The significance of copying and note-taking in the classroom has been studied by researchers including a view on how it affects the learning of Dyslexic children. "Classroom learning is the ... read more

After Learning New Words, Brain Sees Them as Pictures

Mar. 24, 2015 — When we look at a known word, our brain sees it like a picture, not a group of letters needing to be processed. That's the finding from a new study that shows the brain learns words quickly by ... read more

Mar. 12, 2015 — What does it mean to be happy? Is it how happy you say you are, or is it how happy you act? Previous research has found that political conservatives report being happier than political liberals. But ... read more

Metaphor Usage Highlights Social Bonds and Increases Understanding of Others' Emotions

Mar. 12, 2015 — Observe whether two people use metaphors in conversation with each other if you want to guess how close they are as friends. Or sharpen your ability to tune into other people’s emotional or mental ... read more

Mar. 6, 2015 — The human language is unique in that we can refer to objects, events and ideas. The combination of syllables and words enables humans to generate an infinite number of expressions. An important ... read more

Finding Psychological Insights Through Social Media

Feb. 28, 2015 — Social media has opened up a new digital world for psychology research. Researchers are developing new methods of language analysis, and how social media can be leveraged to study personality, mental ... read more

Cross-Cultural Communication: Much More Than Just a Linguistic Stretch

Feb. 24, 2015 — Mandarin-speakers' rely more on tone of voice rather than on facial cues to understand emotion compared to English-language speakers. This may be due to the limited eye contact and more ... read more

Feb. 23, 2015 — New insight into the treatment of stuttering as well as understanding its physiological basis has been provided by two recent studies, providing information on both the treatment of stuttering as ... read more

The Sound of Intellect: Job Seeker's Voice Reveals Intelligence

Feb. 20, 2015 — A new study found that when hypothetical employers and professional recruiters listened to or read job candidates' job qualifications, they rated the candidates as more competent, thoughtful and ... read more

Tracing Languages Back to Their Common Ancestors Through the Statistics of Sound Shifts

Feb. 19, 2015 — A statistical technique that sorts out when changes to words’ pronunciations most likely occurred in the evolution of a language offers a renewed opportunity to trace words and languages back to ... read more

Feb. 19, 2015 — Individualistic values have been rising in China as the country has undergone rapid economic and social change, researchers report. The researchers chose 16 words that they determined represent a ... read more

Feb. 18, 2015 — Linguists have long agreed that languages from English to Greek to Hindi, known as 'Indo-European languages', are the modern descendants of a language family that first emerged from a ... read more

Feb. 18, 2015 — The brain's speech area, named after 19th century French physician Pierre Paul Broca, shuts down when we talk out loud, according to a new study that challenges the long-held assumption that ... read more

Some Bilinguals Use Emoticons More When Chatting in Non-Native Language

Feb. 17, 2015 — One group of bilingual speakers used emoticons more often when typing in their second language in casual, online communication than they did when typing in their native tongue, a study has ... read more

A Brain System That Appears to Compensate for Autism, OCD, and Dyslexia

Feb. 12, 2015 — Individuals with five neurodevelopmental disorders -- autism spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, dyslexia, and Specific Language Impairment -- appear to compensate ... read more

How the Brain Listens to Literature

Feb. 11, 2015 — When we listen to stories, we immerse ourselves into the situations described and empathize with the feelings of the characters. Only recently has it become possible to find out how exactly this ... read more

Feb. 9, 2015 — Arabic movie subtitles, Korean tweets, Russian novels, Chinese websites, English lyrics, and even the war-torn pages of the New York Times -- research examining billions of words, shows that these ... read more

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