Human Quirks: Mind & Brain
November 26, 2015

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November 26, 2015

Nov. 25, 2015 — A robotic bartender has to do something unusual for a machine: It has to learn to ignore some data and focus on social signals. Researchers recently investigated how a robotic bartender can ... read more

What's in a Name? More Than You Think...

Nov. 17, 2015 — What’s in a name? In the case of the usernames of video gamers, a remarkable amount of information about their real world personalities, according to research by psychologists. Analysis of ... read more

Can Scientists Agree on a Definition of Curiosity?

Nov. 4, 2015 — Philosopher Thomas Hobbes called it 'the lust of the mind.' Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt said it was 'the most useful gift.' And, yes, we all know what killed the cat. But ... read more

Who's the 'Enviest' of Them All?

Nov. 4, 2015 — Young adults are more envious than older adults, a new paper suggests. They are more envious over looks and for a wider range of other reasons, too. It also appears that both men and women are more ... read more

Virtual Selves Can Help Boost Better Real World Health, Exercise Habits

Nov. 4, 2015 — Customizing an avatar to better resemble its human user may lead to improved health and exercise behaviors, according to a team of ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — It's long been known that mood biases our judgments and perceptions, but this effect has usually been regarded as irrational or disadvantageous. A new theory argues that mood draws on ... read more

Nov. 2, 2015 — A new study of sleepwalkers found an intriguing paradox: Although sleepwalkers have an increased risk for headaches and migraines while awake, during sleepwalking episodes they are unlikely to feel ... read more

Brain Imaging Can Predict Success of Large Public Health Campaigns

Oct. 28, 2015 — In a new study, brain activity in 50 smokers in Michigan was able to predict the outcome of an anti-smoking advertising campaign sent to 800,000 in New York, demonstrating the promise of neuroscience ... read more

Singing's Secret Power: The Ice-Breaker Effect

Oct. 27, 2015 — A study with adult learners showed groups doing singing bonded faster than others. The study looked at how people attending adult education classes grew closer over seven months. The conclusion -- ... read more

Oct. 27, 2015 — When people talk or sing, they often nod, tilt or bow their heads to reinforce verbal messages. But how effective are these head gestures at conveying emotions? Very effective, according to ... read more

Oct. 22, 2015 — Facial color affects early stage of subliminal processing of facial expression, say researchers, providing the first neurophysiological evidence showing the effects of facial color on emotional ... read more

Oct. 21, 2015 — Biologists have discovered that bacteria -- often viewed as lowly, solitary creatures -- are actually quite sophisticated in their social interactions and communicate with one another through similar ... read more

Oct. 21, 2015 — A team of researchers has been able to predict participants' movements just by analyzing their brain activity. This study is the first human study to look at the neural signals of planned ... read more

Sniffing and Gasping Can Prevent Fainting

Oct. 17, 2015 — Sniffing and gasping can prevent fainting, reveals new ... read more

Describing the Indescribable: Underlying Features of Reported Mystical Experiences

Oct. 15, 2015 — Mystical experiences are frequently labeled as indescribable or ineffable. However, new research suggests that when prompted, people who have had a mystical, spiritual or religious experience can ... read more

Oct. 15, 2015 — Being able to identify a smell or flavor appears to be the most important factor in how some synesthetes 'see' them, according to a new ... read more

Expert Passport Officers Better at Detecting Fraud Using Face Recognition Technology

Oct. 14, 2015 — Face-matching experts at the Australian Passport Office are 20 percent more accurate than average people at detecting fraud using automatic face recognition software, new research shows. The study is ... read more

Oct. 14, 2015 — Is brain size related to cognitive ability of humans? This question has captured the attention of scientists for more than a century. An international team of researchers provides no evidence for a ... read more

Belief in God and Prejudice Reduced by Directing Magnetic Energy Into the Brain

Oct. 14, 2015 — New research has revealed for the first time that both belief in God and prejudice towards immigrants can be reduced by directing magnetic energy into the ... read more

Cultural Blunders Make People Better Thinkers

Oct. 13, 2015 — Psychology researchers find people in predictable cultural situations behave mindlessly, consuming more and buying more. But when faced with the unexpected, they shift to higher-level thinking, are ... read more

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