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Human Quirks: Mind & Brain
December 18, 2020

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Animals that have never been domesticated, such as kangaroos, can intentionally communicate with humans, challenging the notion that this behavior is usually restricted to ...

Researchers Uncover Blind Spots at the Intersection of AI and Neuroscience

Is it possible to read a person's mind by analyzing the electric signals from the brain? The answer may be much more complex than most people think. In a new article, researchers say a prominent ...

Tomatoes Offer Affordable Source of Parkinson's Disease Drug

Scientists have produced a tomato enriched in the Parkinson's disease drug L-DOPA in what could become a new, affordable source of one of the world's essential ...
Researchers have discovered a brain molecule that functions as a 'thermometer' for the presence of others in an animal's environment. Zebrafish 'feel' the presence of others ...
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Wielding a Gun Makes a Shooter Perceive Others as Wielding a Gun, Too

Nearly a decade ago, cognitive psychologist Jessica Witt wondered if the mere act of wielding a firearm could bias someone to perceive another person as wielding one, too -- and more importantly, if ...

A Study Predicts Smooth Interaction Between Humans and Robots

According to a new study, making eye contact with a robot may have the same effect on people as eye contact with another person. The results predict that interaction between humans and humanoid ...

Feline Friendly? How to Build Rap-Paw With Your Cat

A team of psychologists have discovered a new way for humans to bond with ...

Donors More Likely to Give to COVID Causes When Font Matches Message

Appeals seeking donations to help fight hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic were more successful when the typeface in which the appeal was written mirrored the tone of the donation request, a new ...

Process for Regenerating Neurons in the Eye and Brain Identified

A team of researchers has identified networks of genes that regulate the process responsible for determining whether neurons will regenerate in certain animals, such as ...

Higher Narcissism May Be Linked With More Political Participation

A politically engaged electorate is key to any thriving democracy, but not everyone participates in elections and other political activities. New research found that people who are narcissistic may ...

Pain Relief Caused by SARS-CoV-2 Infection May Help Explain COVID-19 Spread

Research shows SARS-CoV-2 promotes pain relief through the receptor neuropilin-1, which gives scientists a new target for non-opioid pain therapeutics and offers one possible explanation for the ...

Survey Finds American Support for Human-Animal Chimera Research

In September 2015, the US National Institutes of Health placed a funding moratorium on research that involves introducing human pluripotent stem cells into animal embryos. To assess attitudes on ...

New Brain Cell-Like Nanodevices Work Together to Identify Mutations in Viruses

Scientists have described a new nanodevice that acts almost identically to a brain cell. Furthermore, they have shown that these synthetic brain cells can be joined together to form intricate ...

When Bots Do the Negotiating, Humans More Likely to Engage in Deceptive Techniques

Researchers found that whether humans would embrace a range of deceptive and sneaky negotiating techniques was dependent both on the humans' prior negotiating experience in negotiating as well ...

Brain Circuitry Underlying Dissociative Experiences

Scientists identified key brain circuitry that plays a role in the mysterious experience called dissociation, in which people can feel disconnected from their own body and from ...

Future Autonomous Machines May Build Trust Through Emotion

Research has extended the state-of-the-art in autonomy by providing a more complete picture of how actions and nonverbal signals contribute to promoting cooperation. Researchers suggested guidelines ...

Experiments Reveal Why Human-Like Robots Elicit Uncanny Feelings

Experiments reveal a dynamic process that leads to the uncanny valley, with implications for both the design of robots and for understanding how we perceive one another as ...

New Electronic Skin Can React to Pain Like Human Skin

New pain-sensing prototype mimics the body's near-instant feedback response and reacts to painful sensations with the same lighting speed that nerve signals travel to the brain. It's a ...

Atheists Are More Likely to Sleep Better Than Catholics and Baptists, Study Finds

A new study of sleep, religious affiliation, and perceptions of heaven found that atheists and agnostics are significantly more likely to be better sleepers than Catholics and ...

How 'Swapping Bodies' With a Friend Changes Our Sense of Self

A new study shows that, when pairs of friends swapped bodies in a perceptual illusion, their beliefs about their own personalities became more similar to their beliefs about their friends' ...

Sleep Duration, Efficiency and Structure Change in Space

It's hard to get a good night's sleep in space. An evaluation of astronauts serving on the Mir space station found that they experienced shorter sleep durations, more wakefulness, and ...

Optical Illusions Explained in a Fly's Eyes

Why people perceive motion in some static images has mystified not only those who view these optical illusions but neuroscientists who have tried to explain the phenomenon. Now neuroscientists have ...

To Perceive Faces, Your Brain Relies on a Process Similar to Face Recognition Systems

Imagine if every time you looked at a face, one side of the face always appeared distorted as if it were melting, resembling a painting by Salvador Dalí. This is the case for people with ...

Evidence in Mice That Electroacupuncture Reduces Inflammation Via Specific Neural Pathways

Stimulating the nervous system using small electric current by acupuncture could tamp down systemic inflammation in the body, suggests new research in ...

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