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September 4, 2015

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September 4, 2015

To Email or Not to Email? For Those in Love, It's Better Than Leaving a Voice Message

Sep. 1, 2015 — In this digital age, an email can be more effective in expressing romantic feelings than leaving a voicemail message, a study study ... read more

Tetris Can Block Cravings, New Study Reveals

Aug. 13, 2015 — Playing Tetris on a smarthphone for as little as three minutes can weaken cravings for drugs, food and activities by as much as one-fifth, new research shows. In the first test of its kind to study ... read more

Searching the Internet Inflates Estimates of Internal Knowledge

Aug. 12, 2015 — Actively searching the Internet inflates our sense of the knowledge we actually possess because we fail to recognize the extent to which we rely on external sources for ... read more

Predicting the Weather or the Economy? How to Make Forecasts More Trustworthy

Aug. 12, 2015 — Attention all you would-be forecasters out there. Do you want people to think you know the future? Then predict with a high degree of certainty that something will happen. According to a new study, ... read more

Linguist Explains Secret Language of Gulliver's Travels

Aug. 11, 2015 — A linguist is proposing a solution to a centuries-old puzzle: What sparked the 'nonsense' language in 'Gulliver's Travels'? Authors of a new report now say that the mystery ... read more

A Penny for Your Thoughts: How Much Is Your Time Really Worth?

Aug. 11, 2015 — A penny could in theory purchase 3 hours, 7 minutes and 30 seconds of thought based on basic calculations, scientists report. A new study examines the energy required to run a human brain and cost ... read more

'Caveman Instincts' May Favor Deep-Voiced Politicians

Aug. 7, 2015 — When politicians debate an opponent, it's not just what they say that matters -- it's also how they say it. A new study shows that voters naturally prefer candidates with deeper voices, ... read more

Aug. 6, 2015 — New camera technology that reveals the world through the eyes of animals has been developed. The software, which converts digital photos to animal vision, can be used to analyze colors and patterns ... read more

Aug. 6, 2015 — Crackpot idea or recipe for success? This is a question entrepreneurs often face. Is it worth converting the production process to a new, ecologically better material? Now developers have created an ... read more

Aug. 5, 2015 — Horses and humans use similar facial expressions to communicate, according to new ... read more

How to Trust What Your Customers Say About Your Brand

Aug. 4, 2015 — Marketers would love to get inside the consumer's brain. And now they can. Researchers are using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to see if what people say about brands matches what ... read more

Aug. 4, 2015 — Scientists have shed new light on how humans process color -- revealing that we see things differently in winter compared with summer. The researchers examined how our color perception changes ... read more

Look Into My Pupils: Pupil Mimicry May Lead to Increased Trust

Aug. 3, 2015 — People often mimic each other's facial expressions or postures without even knowing it, but new research shows that they also mimic the size of each other's pupils, which can lead to ... read more

July 29, 2015 — After more than two-years of international investigation, scientists have concluded that Napoleon likely would have conquered Russia in 1812 if not for the life-saving brain surgery performed on ... read more

Hormones Influence Unethical Behavior, Experts Say

July 28, 2015 — Hormones play a two-part role in encouraging and reinforcing cheating and other unethical behavior, according to new research. With cheating scandals a persistent threat on college campuses and ... read more

At What Age Does Hard Work Add a Shine to Lousy Prizes?

July 27, 2015 — Putting in a lot of effort to earn a reward can make unappealing prizes more attractive to kindergartners, but not to preschoolers, according to new research. The findings revealed that when ... read more

Researchers Identify Neural Signature of Tunnel Vision

July 27, 2015 — A new study measured brain activity while people watched clips from Alfred Hitchcock and other suspenseful films. During high suspense moments, the brain narrows what people see and focuses their ... read more

Know It's a Placebo? Study Shows the 'Medicine' Could Still Work

July 24, 2015 — A new study shoes that under certain conditions, research participants who know a treatment they are receiving to ease pain is a placebo with no medical value, it still ... read more

Musical Tastes Offer a Window Into How You Think

July 22, 2015 — Do you like your jazz to be Norah Jones or Ornette Coleman, your classical music to be Bach or Stravinsky, or your rock to be Coldplay or Slayer? The answer could give an insight into the way you ... read more

July 21, 2015 — Researchers have built the first computer program that can recognize hand-drawn sketches better than ... read more

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