Syntax is hard-wired in the brain. Steven Frankland shows that distinct groups of neurons encode answers to the question, “who did it?” and, “to whom was it done?”
David Rand, assistant professor of psychology, describes cooperation patterns in children, who have thus far been understudied by social psychologists interested in human cooperation.
Many view mathematics and language as two distinct areas of study. But what if math could shed light on the significance of the speech patterns of someone at risk for developing psychosis? A recent computer algorithm developed by Guillermo Cecchi of IBM and Cheryl Corcoran and Gillinder Bedi of Columbia University demonstrates that mathematical speech analysis can lead to some fascinating findings.
Do we eat with our ears? Perhaps. Recent research from Oxford University explores how sounds impact our perception and enjoyment of flavor.
New research clarifies our understanding of memory deficits in schizophrenia patients.
A team of experimental philosophers led by professor Joshua Knobe studied the influence of morality on seemingly objective judgments.
Researchers at the University of York in the United Kingdom have discovered that humans perceive the color yellow at lower wavelengths in the summer than in the winter.
As workload increases and artificial lights abound, Americans are expected to work around-the-clock, depriving themselves of one of the body’s most vital needs: sleep. The National Geographic documentary Sleepless in America elaborates on the detrimental health consequences provoked by lack of sleep and provides compelling arguments for why we should put in the extra effort to rest at least six to eight hours per night.
A search to answer the question “why can’t we tickle ourselves?” leads to a surprising insight into the human brain.
Modernization of mental healthcare has shifted patient information from purely psychosocial to more heavily biological. However, a recent study conducted by researchers at the Yale Thinking Lab suggests that psychosocial explanations for mental illness actually elicit greater clinician empathy, and might thus be more effective after all.