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Elevation in buildings can affect the decisions we make

New research shows that elevation in an office building can increase someone's willingness to take financial risks because it makes people feel more …

Psychology

Human Mini-Brains Implanted Into Mice Didn't Just Survive, They Integrated

But the mice didn't seem any smarter than usual.<p>The future of personalized medicine will very likely involve human “spare parts” to replace …

Bioengineering

Here's How Your Child's Memory Of Events Is Impacted By Photos

Think of your earliest memory. What can you remember? Is it the smell of your grandfather's Sunday gravy? Maybe you can recall the feel of your mom's …

The Brain

Science Is Getting Closer to Understanding What Goes on Inside The Mind When We Dream

Here's why dreams matter.<p>Dreams are so strange and carry so much significance to us that we often feel the need to tell people about our nocturnal …

The Brain

Elon Musk Wants You to Watch This Documentary About the Dangers of A.I.

For years, Elon Musk has offered dire warnings about the potential dark future of artificial intelligence. Now, Musk is turning up the volume of his …

Artificial Intelligence

The brain learns completely differently than we’ve assumed, new learning theory says

(credit: Getty)A revolutionary new theory contradicts a fundamental assumption in neuroscience about how the brain learns. According to researchers …

Machine Learning

Who's in Charge, Your Mind or Your Brain?

<b>Authors:</b> David Ropeik MSJ, Keith Welker Ph.D., Kathleen Casto, Ph.D., Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D., Steven Pinker Ph.D.<p>(The first author is solely …

Psychology

Timing Matters in the Effects of Neglect on Development

What are the consequences of deprivation on the developing child? How long-lasting are the effects of early neglect on a child’s emotional well-being …

The Brain

Are Adult Coloring Books Actually Helpful?

Exploring the mental health benefits of the coloring book trend.<p>Within the last decade adult coloring books have surged in popularity. The vast …

Mental Health

10 Things Your Psychology Professors Want You to Know

Each year, as a professor of psychology, I help hundreds of young adults navigate a rigorous curriculum and prepare for their futures. In one sense, …

Psychology

Winning at all costs: when elite cricketers fail in risk assessment

by Jill Margo<p>A primordial drive to win, combined with genuine naivety, probably prompted Australia's national cricket team to cheat in South Africa …

Faf du Plessis

A new Monsanto-backed company is on the verge of producing the first fruit made with a blockbuster gene-editing tool that could revolutionize agriculture

In a move aimed at securing a place in the rapidly evolving food technology scene, the agricultural giant Monsanto has invested $125 million in a gene-editing startup called Pairwise.<p>The alliance could tee up Monsanto, long known for its controversial dealings with farmers and its role in …

Genetics

Why Psychiatry Should Discard The Idea of Free Will

Psychiatry is a medicine of the mind, yet our common ideas of the mind are wrong<p>The illusion of free will was born in the felt experience of …

Consciousness

Intelligence in the Brain: Conversation With Neuroscientist Rogier Kievit

Rogier Kievit is currently a PhD student at the department of methodology at the University of Amsterdam. He studies psychological constructs from …

The Brain

Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy

Children or teens who are “revved up” and prone to rages or—alternatively—who are depressed and apathetic have become disturbingly commonplace. …

The Brain

Science Finds Once Again That Violent Video Games Don't Turn People Into Rage Monsters

A new study published this week in Nature journal <i>Molecular Psychology</i> provides a well-timed rebuttal to the weary trope—occasionally alluded to by …

Psychology

What This Optical Illusion Reveals About the Human Brain

You may be familiar with a 19th-century optical illusion — or, more precisely, "ambiguous image" — of a rabbit that looks like a duck that looks like …

Genes have a role in empathy, study says

<b>It helps us to make close connections with people, and influences how we behave in a range of situations, from the workplace to a party.</b><p>Now scientists say empathy is not just something we develop through our upbringing and life experiences - it is also partly inherited.<p>A study of 46,000 people …

Empathy

Scientists Have Revealed What Your Brain Really Does When You're Unconscious

One of the greatest mysteries in neuroscience.<p>Of all of the brain's functions, it's probably fair to say its ability to produce consciousness is the …

Mirrors have revealed something new about manta rays – and it reflects badly on us

Humans make huge use of marine vertebrates, but manta rays may pass the self-awareness test and other fish potentially could too. Ethically, where does that leave us?<p>As a shark biologist, I enjoy nothing more than going scuba diving with sharks in the wild. However, I realise it’s an immense …

Manta Rays

23andMe's Ancestry DNA Test Just Got a Lot More Precise

If you’ve ever taken an ancestry DNA test, you probably already know that the results aren’t exactly precise. Sometimes you wind up with completely …

Molecular Biology

Food for Thought: Was Cooking a Pivotal Step in Human Evolution?

The shift to a cooked-food diet was a decisive point in human history. The main topic of debate is when, exactly, this change occurred.<p>All known …

Chimpanzees

How to create quiz show game through Google Sheets

An Incredible New Type of Brain Implant Can Boost Memory by 15%

It's sort-of like a pacemaker.<p>Neural implants that claim to boost memory function aren't new, but a novel approach to the problem has led to a device …

New Thoughts on How Personality Develops

A new theory on how personality develops suggests personality reflects how we have used our innate abilities and environmental experiences to satisfy …

Study identifies area of brain that perceives music

Listening to music evokes an intangible emotional reaction, but the neural basis of this reaction is complicated. Pitch, melody, rhythm and other …

Four Leading Theories on Why Humans Need to Sleep

It remains one of biology's biggest mysteries.<p>Outside of death, few things unite every member of the animal kingdom quite like sleep. Some animals, like the large hairy armadillo, sleep upwards of 20 hours a day in captivity, while others, like the giraffe, might only clock 10 minutes daily in the …

Consciousness

Psychologists say they can make you remember a murder you didn't commit — and it's raising some interesting questions

Historically, the kind of false memories induced in volunteers by psychologists have been relatively mundane. For example, a seminal study used leading questions and the encouragement to confabulate, to apparently implant in participants the memory of getting lost in a shopping mall as a child. …

Psychology

For The First Time Ever Scientists Have Boosted Human Memory With a Brain Implant

So it begins...<p>With everyone from Elon Musk to MIT to the US Department of Defense researching brain implants, it seems only a matter of time before …