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The Age At Which Learning a New Language Stops Strengthening The Brain

<i>How learning a new language changes the brain.</i>** Use code "5OFF" for $5 off PsyBlog's new ebook: "The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, …

Scan thoughts about hugging to predict autism

New brain-reading techniques can use neural representations of social thoughts to predict autism diagnoses with 97 percent accuracy.<p>The work …

Autism

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Catalog of Beautiful Untranslatable Words from Around the World

<i>“Words belong to each other,”</i> Virginia Woolf said in the only surviving recording of her voice, a magnificent meditation on the beauty of language. But what happens when words are kept apart by too much unbridgeable otherness? <i>“Barring downright deceivers, mild imbeciles and impotent poets, there</i> …

Major brain pathway rediscovered

A massive white matter tract at the back of the brain, overlooked for the past century, might be crucial for skills such as reading.<p>A team of neuroscientists in America say they have rediscovered an important neural pathway that was first described in the late nineteenth century but then …

Quechua dates back to the Incas and is spoken from Colombia to Chile. We speak to a specialist in Quechua about the fight to preserve the 2,000 year old language<p>The world’s linguistic map is a colourful patchwork. From the tip of the Arctic to the remote villages of sub-saharan Africa, 6,000 …

Computers can now describe images using language you'd understand

Software can now easily spot objects in images, but it can't always describe those objects well; "short man with horse" not only sounds awkward, it doesn't reveal what's really going on. That's where a computer vision breakthrough from Google and Stanford University might come into play. Their …

The amazing brains of the real-time interpreters

The world’s most powerful computers can’t perform accurate real-time interpreting of one language to another. Yet human interpreters do it with ease. Geoff Watts meets the neuroscientists who are starting to explain this remarkable ability.<p>One morning this summer I paid a visit to the sole United …

Brain's taste secrets uncovered

<b>The brain has specialist neurons for each of the five taste categories - salty, bitter, sour, sweet and umami - US scientists have discovered.</b><p>The study, published in the journal Nature, should settle years of debate on how the brain perceives taste.<p>The Columbia University team showed the separate …

How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition

<i>Does education in the arts transfer to seemingly unrelated cognitive abilities? Researchers are finding evidence that it does. Michael Posner argues</i> …

7 Things to Know About Native American Languages

The month of November is Native American Heritage Month. A recent editorial by Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, suggests that "the vast majority of Americans have a limited -- and often mistaken -- understanding of Native American …

Native Americans

Intersexuality and God Through the Ages

The idea that intersexed bodies are “birth defects” is perpetuated by a lack of familiarity with intersexuality. But it wasn’t always this way.<p>This …

Study proves that we can control each other's brains over the internet

A group of University of Washington researchers showed a year ago that brain-to-brain interfacing is possible in real life. Now, they're back after conducting a more thorough experiment, proving that their initial success wasn't a fluke. This time, the team performed tests using not just one pair, …

Peppery Edamame

4 Servings<p>For these beans from NYC chef Takashi Inoue, feel free to swap the black pepper for other spices, such as cumin, or fresh chopped herbs.<p>July 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 14–16-oz. bag frozen unshelled edamame (soybeans)<p>3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil<p>1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper<p>½ …

Tahini Dip for Dates

Makes about ½ cup<p>Active Time: 5 min<p>Total Time: 5 min<p>Dates get even more Middle Eastern, dunked in tahini.<p>November 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>¼ cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt<p>¼ cup tahini<p>2 tablespoons powdered sugar<p>Pitted dates<p>Toasted unsweetened coconut flakes or cacao nibs (for dipping)<p>Recipe …

10 Snacks You Thought Were Healthy But Aren't

From granola to fat-free cheese, 10 foods you thought were healthy but are actually hurting your diet.<p>Bad news: Drenching your salad in fat-free dressing or eating granola by the handful isn't doing you any favors. The good news? We're here to bust some snacking myths—and provide you with truly …

Yes, Sign Language Has Accents

American Sign Language isn't a translation of English. It's a language with its own grammar and idioms. Sign language speakers also have their own …

Feast your eyes on this beautiful linguistic family tree

When linguists talk about the historical relationship between languages, they use a tree metaphor. An ancient source (say, Indo-European) has various …

The Human Brain Has An On-Off Switch For Consciousness, Scientists Say

Turning off the mind could be as easy as flicking a switch.<p>That's what doctors at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., inadvertently discovered while evaluating a 54-year-old woman with epilepsy. The researchers realized that by using electrodes to deliver tiny jolts of electricity to …

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Can synaesthesia be learnt?

Many people see words as colours, smells or sounds, and they swear it boosts their creativity. So could we all tweak our senses to see the world in this way?<p>Olympia Colizoli doesn’t see the world like you. “To me, all time and numbers are arranged in physical space. Days, weeks, months, years, …

Suspended-animation trials to begin on humans

This month, the world's first attempts at placing humans in suspended animation using a new technique will take place at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- not for space travel, but to save lives.<p>The technique will initially be used on 10 patients whose wounds would …

Making artificial vision look more natural

In laboratory tests, researchers have used electrical stimulation of retinal cells to produce the same patterns of activity that occur when the …

The Neuroscientist Who Wants To Upload Humanity To A Computer

Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever<p>Everything felt possible at Transhuman Visions 2014, a conference in February billed as a forum for visionaries to "describe our fast-approaching, brilliant, and bizarre future." Inside an old waterfront military …

3D model of a nerve terminal in atomic detail

The electrochemical jelly inside your head contains something like one quadrillion synapses, the junctions at which nerve cells talk to one other by converting electrical signals into chemical ones and then back again. They have two components (sometimes three): the nerve terminal of one cell, …

Sixty Languages at Risk of Extinction in Mexico—Can They Be Kept Alive?

Online dictionaries and smartphones may help with preservation, experts say.<p>Of the 143 native languages in Mexico, 60 are at risk of being silenced forever, linguists say.<p>One language, Ayapenaco, is spoken fluently by just two elderly men who aren't even on speaking terms. Another indigenous …

Work Longer, Think Longer: Why Your Brain Loves the Economic Crisis

Thanks to the economic crisis, the American dream of retirement in our 60s is dead or dying. It is a cold, inevitable calculus: Our retirement accounts aren't fat enough to sustain us for as long as we will live. Employers don't pay as much as they used to, and inflation swallows up what we do …

Watch Rare Footage Of Living, Swimming Oarfish

The world's longest bony fish grows to more than 50 feet and is hardly ever seen alive.<p>Behold the oarfish, the world's longest bony fish. The beasts typically live hundreds of feet below the ocean surface and thus are rarely seen. Since 2002, however, a few videos (like the one above) have surfaced …