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July 28, 2015

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July 28, 2015

Connection Found Between Audience Reaction, Candidate Debate Success

July 27, 2015 — Audience laughter and applause have unique effects on presidential primary debates, say a researcher in political non-verbal communication. Among other things, he found that laughter benefited ... read more

It's Official: Workplace Rudeness Is Contagious

July 16, 2015 — Rudeness in the workplace isn’t just unpleasant: it’s also contagious. Encountering rude behavior at work makes people more likely to perceive rudeness in later interactions, a study shows. That ... read more

July 15, 2015 — Since 2007, clinical trials using gene therapy have resulted in often-dramatic sight restoration for dozens of children and adults who were otherwise doomed to blindness. Now, researchers have found ... read more

July 15, 2015 — A new study shows that sleep deprivation dulls our ability to accurately read facial expressions. This deficit can have serious consequences, such as not noticing that a child is sick or in pain, or ... read more

July 14, 2015 — A quick biological test may be able to identify children who have literacy challenges or learning disabilities long before they learn to read, according to new research. The study centers on the ... read more

Learning Impacts How the Brain Processes What We See

July 13, 2015 — From the smell of flowers to the taste of wine, our perception is strongly influenced by prior knowledge and expectations, a cognitive process known as top-down control. Neuroscientists and ... read more

July 13, 2015 — Conventional wisdom has long blamed age-related hearing loss almost entirely on the death of sensory hair cells in the inner ear, but research from neuroscientists has provided new information about ... read more

July 10, 2015 — Are wind farms harmful to humans? This controversial topic makes emotions run high. To give the debate more objectivity, an international team of experts dealt with the fundamentals of hearing in the ... read more

July 9, 2015 — Screening method can reduce false-positive hearing results, reducing need for extensive followup tests, family stress, researchers say. In their study, audiologists used high-frequency tympanometry ... read more

July 9, 2015 — Researchers have harnessed the human eye's color-sensing strengths to give the eye the ability to distinguish between objects that differ in thickness by no more than a few nanometers, about the ... read more

July 9, 2015 — Research by food scientists reveals how a person's emotional state -- particularly in the competitive, wide world of sports -- affects the perception of taste. In particular, people in negative ... read more

A Little Jolt Helps the Brain Get Back on Track

July 8, 2015 — Applying mild electrical stimulation to an area of the brain associated with cognitive control helps people with schizophrenia recognize errors and adjust their behavior to avoid ... read more

July 8, 2015 — Using gene therapy, researchers have restored hearing in mice with a genetic form of deafness. More than 70 different genes are known to cause deafness when mutated. The scientists focused on a gene ... read more

July 7, 2015 — New research has identified the neural circuit in the brain of the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) that is responsible for detecting a taste pheromone, which controls the decision of male flies ... read more

July 7, 2015 — A researcher is disputing recent findings that the human nose is capable of distinguishing at least 1 trillion odors. He says the data used in a 2014 study published in Science does not support this ... read more

Emotion Knowledge Fosters Attentiveness

July 6, 2015 — Young children, who possess a good understanding of their own emotions and of those of their fellow human beings early on, suffer fewer attention problems than their peers with a lower emotional ... read more

Significant Reduction in Serious Crimes After Juvenile Offenders Given Emotional Awareness Training

July 6, 2015 — Scientists believe that a simple two-hour emotional awareness course aimed at making young offenders less aggressive could hold the key to significantly reducing the seriousness of their future ... read more

REM Sleep Critical for Young Brain Development; Medication Interferes

July 3, 2015 — Rapid eye movement or REM sleep actively converts waking experiences into lasting memories and abilities in young brains, reports a new study. The finding broadens the understanding of ... read more

Water to Understand the Brain

July 2, 2015 — To observe the brain in action, scientists and physicians use imaging techniques, among which functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is the best known. These techniques are not based on direct ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Researchers have uncovered key principles about the way vision-neurons work, explaining how the brain uses sensory information to guide the decisions that drive ... read more

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