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Human Quirks: Mind & Brain
June 25, 2019

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Researchers Teach Robots What Humans Want

Researchers are developing better, faster ways of providing human guidance to autonomous ... read more
Researchers have made a breakthrough in the field of noninvasive robotic device control. Using a noninvasive brain-computer interface (BCI), researchers have developed the ... read more

Moral Concerns Override Desire to Profit from Finding a Lost Wallet

The setup of a research study was a bit like the popular ABC television program 'What Would You Do?' -- minus the television cameras and big reveal in the ... read more
Researchers have isolated a cluster of neurons in a mouse's brain that are crucial to making the squeaky, ultrasonic 'songs' a male mouse produces when courting a ... read more
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Memories Form 'Barrier' to Letting Go of Objects for People Who Hoard

Researchers hope that the findings could help develop new ways to train people with hoarding difficulties to discard ... read more

New research suggests how to get large numbers of people engaged in participating during a live performance like a concert -- or a lecture -- and channel that energy for a sustained time ... read more

Godzilla first made his debut in 1954 as a 50-meter tall metaphor for indiscriminate destruction, particularly US hydrogen-bomb testing in the Marshall Islands, which, in the film, destroyed ... read more

Examining Ethical Issues Surrounding Wearable Brain Devices Marketed to Consumers

Wearable brain devices are now being marketed directly to consumers and often claim to confer benefits like boosting memory and modulating symptoms of depression. A team of neuroethicists looked at ... read more

How Augmented Reality Affects People's Behavior

Researchers found that people's interactions with a virtual person in augmented reality, or AR, influenced how they behaved and acted in the physical ... read more

They've never seen animals like hippos and sharks but adults born blind have rich insight into what they look like, a new study ... read more

People who experience anxiety symptoms might be helped by taking steps to regulate the microorganisms in their gut using probiotic and non-probiotic food and supplements, suggests a review of ... read more

Scientists have studied the heritability of dog ownership using information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry. The new study suggests that genetic variation explains more than ... read more

Neuroscientists have discovered an area of the brain, the insular cortex, that processes painful experiences and thereby drives learning from aversive ... read more

A jawless parasitic fish could help lead the way to more effective treatments for multiple brain ailments, including cancer, trauma and stroke. Researchers borrowed molecules from the immune system ... read more

When Does Clean Eating Become an Unhealthy Obsession?

Researchers say those who have a history of an eating disorder, obsessive-compulsive traits, dieting, poor body image, and a drive for thinness are more likely to develop a pathological obsession ... read more

Studying microscopic worms, scientists have identified a brain circuit that drives repetitive behavior -- providing potential clues for understanding some human psychiatric ... read more

A novel imaging technique that uses a synthesized form of scorpion venom to light up brain tumors has shown promise in a clinical ... read more

Researchers have identified a siesta-suppressing gene in fruit flies, which sheds light on the biology that helps many creatures, including humans, balance the benefits of a good nap against those of ... read more

Scientists have succeeded in developing a piece of hardware which could pave the way for creating computers resembling the human brain. They produced a chip containing a network of artificial neurons ... read more

A Brain Region for Pokémon Characters?

Adults who played Pokémon videogames extensively as children have a brain region that responds preferentially to images of Pikachu and other characters from the ... read more

Today's hipster creatives and entrepreneurs are hardly the first generation to partake of ayahuasca, according to archaeologists who have discovered traces of the powerfully hallucinogenic ... read more

Brain Imaging Lie Detector Can Be Beaten With Simple Techniques

Researchers have shown that a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) 'lie detector' test, which measures brain activity, can be 'deceived' by people using mental ... read more

How Grunting Influences Perception in Tennis

Grunting noises in tennis influence the prediction of ball flight, according to sport ... read more

Why do you swig bitter, dark roast coffee while your coworker guzzles sweet cola? Scientists searched for variations in our taste genes that could explain our beverage preferences, because ... read more

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