Neuroscience

A new understanding of how the human brain controls the hands

Understanding how the brain controls certain actions—such picking up a knife in the correct way—is important for many reasons. One of these is working towards the development of brain-computer interfaces that may help ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Mimes help us 'see' objects that don't exist

When we watch a mime seemingly pull rope, climb steps or try to escape that infernal box, we don't struggle to recognize the implied objects—our minds automatically 'see' them, a new study concludes.

Neuroscience

Distorting memories helps the brain remember

In order to remember similar events, the brain exaggerates the difference between them. This results in divergent brain activity patterns but better memory performance, according to new research published in JNeurosci.

Psychology & Psychiatry

'In the blink of an eye' statistics

HSE University researchers Yuri Markov and Natalia Tyurina discovered that when people visually estimate the size of objects, they are also able to consider their distance from the observer, even if there are many such objects. ...

Pediatrics

Tactile books adapted for blind children

Children's books play a key role in child development and access to culture. Books with tactile illustrations are particularly useful for understanding history. Yet it is essential that the illustrations are understood by ...

Neuroscience

How the brain learns that earmuffs are not valuable at the beach

How valuable are earmuffs? The answer to this simple question can depend. What brand are they? Are they good quality? What is the weather like? Given the choice between earmuffs and suntan lotion, most people would choose ...

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