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Human Quirks: Mind & Brain
February 25, 2017

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Don't Smile Too Big to Be Effective in Online Marketing Ads, Study Funds

Jan. 24, 2017 — A new study has found that the level of smile intensity in marketing photos influences how consumers perceive the marketer's competence and warmth, which can lead to different results depending ... read more

Jan. 19, 2017 — Every few seconds, our eyelids automatically shutter and our eyeballs roll back in their sockets. So why doesn't blinking plunge us into intermittent darkness and light? New research shows that ... read more

Jan. 17, 2017 — Fruit flies -- the tiny insects that swarm our kitchens over the summer months -- exhibit rational decision making when selecting mates, according to new research. Scientists observed different ... read more

Jan. 17, 2017 — It's long been associated with anger and coarseness but profanity can have another, more positive connotation. Psychologists have learned that people who frequently curse are being more honest. ... read more

Retail Therapy for Jealous Partners

Jan. 16, 2017 — When people in relationships feel jealous about the attention their partners are receiving, they are more likely to purchase eye-grabbing products. This is an attempt to recapture the attention of ... read more

Jan. 12, 2017 — The complexity of neural networks makes them difficult to analyze, but humanmade computing systems should be simpler to understand. Researchers have now applied widely used neuroscience approaches to ... read more

Jan. 12, 2017 — Researchers have isolated the brain circuitry that coordinates predatory hunting, according to a new study. One set of neurons in the amygdala, the brain's center of emotion and motivation, cues ... read more

Jan. 12, 2017 — Over millions of years retroviruses have been incorporated into our human DNA, where they today make up almost 10 per cent of the total genome. A research group has now discovered a mechanism through ... read more

Do Dogs of All Ages Respond Equally to Dog-Directed Speech?

Jan. 11, 2017 — People tend to talk to dogs as though they are human babies. A new study shows that people speak more slowly and with a higher tone to dogs of all ages -- both adults and puppies -- and that puppies ... read more

Jan. 5, 2017 — Scientists find that neurological changes mark transition from ambivalent adolescent to capable adult in the ... read more

Dec. 21, 2016 — A protein known as FosB in the reward centre of the brain alters in chronically ill people suffering from an addictive disorder (e.g. heroin addiction): it is genetically modified, split off and ... read more

Got to Remember Them All, Pokémon!

Dec. 20, 2016 — People can learn and remember more of a subject when they are already familiar with it, new research concludes. And the more familiar they are with the subject, the better they remember new ... read more

Dec. 16, 2016 — Frequent sauna bathing may reduce the risk of dementia, suggests a recent study in Finland. In a 20-year follow-up, men taking a sauna 4-7 times a week were 66% less likely to be diagnosed with ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — The next generation of toys could be controlled by the power of the mind, thanks to new ... read more

Switching to Daylight Saving Time May Lead to Harsher Legal Sentences

Dec. 14, 2016 — Judges in the United States tend to give defendants longer sentences the day after switching to daylight saving time compared with other days of the year, according to new ... read more

Dec. 14, 2016 — Researchers have made a major breakthrough that allows people to control a robotic arm using only their minds. The research has the potential to help millions of people who are paralyzed or have ... read more

Dec. 12, 2016 — While many animals walk on the balls of their feet, humans use a heel-first stride. Researchers suggest that this gives humans the advantage of longer 'virtual ... read more

Dec. 12, 2016 — Mozart may enhance a man's performance in board games - while AC/DC may hinder their chances, according to new ... read more

Dec. 7, 2016 — The rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall, scientists have discovered for the first time. These effects on behavior ... read more

Dec. 6, 2016 — Researchers have published the first demonstration of humans playing a simple, two-dimensional computer game using only input from direct brain stimulation -- without relying on any usual sensory ... read more

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