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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Ten Fingers Not Needed for Fast Typing

Feb. 9, 2016 — The number of fingers does not determine typing speed, new study shows. People using self-taught typing strategies were found to be as fast as trained ... read more

Hallucinogen May Protect Against Intimate Partner Violence, Researcher Suggests

Feb. 5, 2016 — Hallucinogen research gains traction, suggests class of substance could be therapeutic for problem behaviors, including intimate partner violence, according to one ... read more

Some Consumers Use ‘servant’ Brands to Gain Sense of Power, Study Finds

Jan. 5, 2016 — A recent study states that some consumers -- materialists who strongly link possessions to happiness and who tend to have poor personal relationships -- regard anthropomorphized popular products as ... read more

'Spectre' Villain Fails Neuroanatomy in Latest Bond Film

Dec. 29, 2015 — James Bond's nemesis in the most recent film likely failed neuroanatomy, says a real-life neurosurgeon and scientist. Blofeld didn't quite know his brain anatomy and would've probably ... read more

Mental Time Travel: An Exclusively Human Capacity?

Dec. 22, 2015 — Are humans the only ones who are able to remember events that they had experienced and mentally time travel not only into the past but also the future? Or do animals have the same capacity? To a ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — Scientists showed that they could alter brain activity of rats and either wake them up or put them in an unconscious state by changing the firing rates of neurons in the central thalamus, a region ... read more

Dec. 14, 2015 — Idle conversation could be a social-bonding tool passed down from primates, suggests new research. The investigators found that lemurs use vocalizations far more selectively than previously thought, ... read more

Dec. 14, 2015 — Most people can tell if you're angry based on the way you're acting. Professor Jeffrey Jenkins can tell if you're angry by the way you move a computer mouse.The information systems ... read more

Aural Feedback for Oral Hygiene

Dec. 11, 2015 — Researchers in Japan have discovered that how effectively we clean our teeth and how satisfied we are with the brushing job we do depends a lot on the sound of the bristles scrubbing against the ... read more

Dec. 10, 2015 — By studying videos from high-stakes court cases, researchers are building unique lie-detecting software based on real-world ... read more

Is Seeing Believing? People Are Not Good at Identifying Where Sights, Sounds Originate

Dec. 9, 2015 — Our memory can deceive us, but surely we can trust our vision and hearing, can't we? No, they are not very reliable, either, life scientists report, suggesting that our basic sensory ... read more

Dec. 8, 2015 — People are less willing to rely on their knowledge and say they know something when they have access to the Internet, suggesting that our connection to the web is affecting how we ... read more

Text Messages That End in a Period Seen as Less Sincere

Dec. 8, 2015 — Participants in a study read a series of exchanges that appeared either as text messages or as handwritten notes. Based on the participants’ responses, text messages that ended with a period were ... read more

Men's Interest in Babies Linked With Hormonal Responses to Sexual Stimuli

Dec. 7, 2015 — Young men's interest in babies is associated with their physiological reactivity to sexually explicit material, according to new research. The study showed that young men who reported more ... read more

Dec. 7, 2015 — Researchers studied women and men using fMRI during wayfinding tasks in a recently learned virtual environment. Men consistently performed better than women. When women were given a drop of ... read more

Neuroscientists Now Can Read the Mind of a Fly

Dec. 4, 2015 — Neuroscientists now can read the mind of a fly. In a study focused on three of the fruit fly's sensory systems, the researchers developed a new tool that uses fluorescent molecules of different ... read more

Dec. 4, 2015 — People born with a rare genetic mutation are unable to feel pain, but previous attempts to recreate this effect with drugs have had surprisingly little success. Using mice modified to carry the same ... read more

Dec. 3, 2015 — Researchers have found that everyday shoppers make assumptions about brands that use green colors. The findings hold ethical implications for environmentally friendly ... read more

Money Affects Children's Behavior, Even If They Don't Understand Its Value

Dec. 2, 2015 — The act of handling money makes young children work harder and give less, according to new research. The effect was observed in children who lacked concrete knowledge of money's purpose, and ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — A collaboration between developmental psychologists and computer scientists has demonstrated that robots can "learn" much like babies - by experiencing the world and eventually imitating ... read more

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