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Through the Eyes of Children: What babies and kids think of the world around them

Through the Eyes of Children: What babies and kids think of the world around them

Dr. Frank Keil and Dr. Karen Wynn have shown that infants exhibit certain patterns of learning, including the ability to distinguish between intentional and non-intentional actors and their capabilities.

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Reward Systems Provide Insight into Obesity Epidemic

Reward Systems Provide Insight into Obesity Epidemic

Dr. Dana Small has probed the relationship between learning and obesity by investigating the reward systems in humans and attempting to understand how these could impact human behavior, such as overeating.

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The Puzzle of Autism

The Puzzle of Autism

One out of every 150 children born is diagnosed with the disorder; among boys, who are four times more likely to have autism, the number rises to one in 94. Currently, 1.5 million Americans are autistic.

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Stress Hormones and Social Rank

Stress Hormones and Social Rank

Stephanie Anestis (GRAD ’05), a Schwartz Foundation post-doctoral research associate in the Center for Human and Primate Reproductive Ecology, is investigating this stress and hormones in chimpanzees.

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The Mind and the Ballot: The Role of Psychology in Elections

The Mind and the Ballot: The Role of Psychology in Elections

We are not rational beings, and it turns out that it subconscious psychological thought, rather than objective reasoning, often dictates which name we mark on the ballot.

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That Which We Call a Rose

That Which We Call a Rose

What’s in a name? The answer is a lot, although it is mostly in the initials. Research at Yale conducted by Joseph Simmons, assistant professor of marketing, indicates that people unconsciously make decisions based on their names. In a paper

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Smell then tell: New neurons in the adult brain receive signals before forming synapses of their own

Smell then tell: New neurons in the adult brain receive signals before forming synapses of their own

“Smell is cool,” quipped Charles Greer, professor of neurosurgery and neurobiology at the School of Medicine, when asked how he would summarize his research on the neurological workings of the olfactory system for a five-year old. When the question was

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