Human Quirks: Mind & Brain
May 29, 2017

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May 29, 2017

May 10, 2017 — A test to assess the effect of red candies on happiness has been used to teach the often 'dull' or 'boring' concepts of clinical research. The study was based on a mock randomized ... read more

The Dark Side of Helping Coworkers

May 10, 2017 — If you show up at work tired, you may want to focus strictly on your own tasks. New research suggests helping coworkers in the morning can lead to mental exhaustion and self-serving behavior in the ... read more

Can Trusting Your Doctor Help Reduce Pain?

May 4, 2017 — Getting a shot at your doctor's office can be a stressful experience. But what if you knew your doctor was from your hometown, liked the same food as you, or shared your religious beliefs? Now ... read more

Apr. 27, 2017 — Individuals with a slender lower face are about 25 percent more likely to be left-handed. This unexpected finding was identified in 13,536 individuals who participated in three national surveys ... read more

Virtual Humans Help Aspiring Doctors Learn Empathy

Apr. 27, 2017 — Delivering bad news in a caring way -- and coping with a patient's reaction -- is a key skill for doctors. Intuitive technology is helping medical students learn the best ... read more

Skin Stem Cells Used to Generate New Brain Cells

Apr. 25, 2017 — Using human skin cells, neurobiologists have created a method to generate one of the principle cell types of the brain called microglia, which play a key role in preserving the function of neural ... read more

Apr. 19, 2017 — Scientific evidence of a 'higher' state of consciousness has been found in a new study. Using brain imaging technology, researchers measured the tiny magnetic fields produced in the brain ... read more

Pokemon Go Players Are Happier, Friendlier, Study Finds

Apr. 12, 2017 — Pokemon Go people are happy people. That's the finding of media researchers who leapt to study the wildly popular mobile game shortly after its release in July 2016. Their work shows that ... read more

Why Did We See 'the Dress' Differently? The Answer Lies in the Shadows, New Research Finds

Apr. 7, 2017 — When 'the dress' went viral in 2015, millions were divided on its true colors: gold and white or black and blue? In a new study, an neuroscientist concludes that these differences in ... read more

Apr. 7, 2017 — Humans are able to interpret the behavior of others by attributing mental states to them (and to themselves). By adopting the perspectives of other persons, they can assume their emotions, needs and ... read more

Love It or Hate It: Marmite May Affect Brain Function

Apr. 5, 2017 — A potential link between eating Marmite and activity in the brain has been identified by researchers, through the apparent increase of a chemical messenger associated with healthy brain function. ... read more

Apr. 4, 2017 — New research carried out online has found that 59% of 28,113 respondents preferred to eat chocolate rabbits starting with the ears, 33% indicated that they had no starting point preference, and 4% ... read more

Apr. 3, 2017 — Researchers have created an artificial synapse capable of learning autonomously. They were also able to model the device, which is essential for developing more complex ... read more

Mar. 30, 2017 — Blind tadpoles were able to process visual information from eyes grafted onto their tails after being treated with a small molecule neurotransmitter drug that augmented innervation, integration, and ... read more

Mar. 30, 2017 — The cognitive abilities of Neanderthals are debated, but a raven bone fragment found at the Zaskalnaya VI (ZSK) site in Crimea features two notches that may have been made by Neanderthals ... read more

Best-Looking Politicians Lean Right, Best-Looking Scholars Lean Left

Mar. 29, 2017 — In politics, Right-leaning politicians are in general physically more attractive, but in academia it is the other way around. A new study argues that Right-leaning politicians are more highly ... read more

Researchers Turn Urine Into Research Tools

Mar. 28, 2017 — Researchers have developed a breakthrough technique to harvest cells directly from urine, and grow them into durable, clinically relevant stem cells to study Down ... read more

Entrepreneurs Love Their Companies Like Parents Love Their Children

Mar. 28, 2017 — Love is a major motivator both for parents and entrepreneurs, research shows. A multidisciplinary study asks whether entrepreneurs love their companies like parents love their children. The study ... read more

Mar. 27, 2017 — The ability to remember sounds, and manipulate them in our minds, is incredibly important to our daily lives -- without it we would not be able to understand a sentence, or do simple arithmetic. New ... read more

Mar. 23, 2017 — Scientists have created a new technique that simplifies the production of human brain and muscle cells -- allowing millions of functional cells to be generated in just a few days. The results open ... read more

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