Neuroscience

Actions versus objects: The role of the motor system

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a very severe disease that mainly affects the motor system. Recently the focus of public attention thanks to a viral campaign (remember last summer's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?), ALS ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Research shows boys and girls learn language differently

Experts believe language uses both a mental dictionary and a mental grammar. The mental 'dictionary' stores sounds, words and common phrases, while mental 'grammar' involves the real-time composition of longer words and ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Responsive interactions key to toddlers' ability to learn language

Young children readily learn words from their parents, grandparents, and child care providers in live conversations, but learning from video has proven more difficult. A new study questioned why and found that it's the responsiveness ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Hearing positive verbs can induce unconscious physical response

Hearing a verb related to physical action automatically increases the force with which people grip objects, but has no effect on their physical reaction if the word is presented in the negative form, according to research ...

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