New research says 'cognitive dissonance' helps to ingrain political attitudes
Persuading people to support a particular candidate or party is an essential test of any political campaign. But precisely how to move voters successfully is a matter still not fully understood—and the ...
Social brains: Do insect societies share brain power?
The society you live in can shape the complexity of your brain—and it does so differently for social insects than for humans and other vertebrate animals.
Don't stress the small stuff: NASA's One-Year Mission research combats stress and fatigue
Several Human Research Program investigations are being conducted aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of NASA's One-Year Mission (1YM) to learn more about how the human body responds to stress ...
Aluminium—a new factor in the decline of bee populations?
A new scientific study has found very high amounts of aluminium contamination in bees, raising the question of whether aluminium-induced cognitive dysfunction is playing a role in the decline of bumblebee populations.
Cognitive radio technology optimises use of scarce spectrum
As the number and variety of smartphones and other connected devices keeps growing, the need for radio spectrum grows with it. Cognitive radio technology developed under the EU-funded QOSMOS project could ...
Is technology making your attention span shorter than a goldfish's?
If you've ever found it hard to concentrate on one thing without stopping to check your emails or post to social media, you're not alone. The average human attention span – how long we can concentrate effectively ...
Healing plants inspire new compounds for psychiatric drugs
Treatments used by traditional healers in Nigeria have inspired scientists at Northwestern University to synthesize four new chemical compounds that could one day lead to better therapies for people with psychiatric disorders.
The appeal of being anti-GMO
A team of Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become so widespread, despite positive contributions ...
Researcher studies the hacker mind
Timothy Summers is providing a better understanding about how hackers think through his research and newly formed startup, Summers & Co., LLC, designed to improve cybersecurity.
Probabilistic programming does in 50 lines of code what used to take thousands
Most recent advances in artificial intelligence—such as mobile apps that convert speech to text—are the result of machine learning, in which computers are turned loose on huge data sets to look for patterns.
Reality substitution on track to replace traditional virtual reality
Until recently, virtual reality's widespread use, both commercially and in scientific research, has been hampered by the need to develop custom virtual worlds using labor-intensive 3D animation. Researchers ...
IQ of children in better-educated households is higher, study of twins indicates
Young adults who were raised in educated households develop higher cognitive ability than those who were brought up in less ideal environments, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth Un ...
Socially intelligent computers can turn difficult online negotiations into win−win situations
Programming fundamental 'social intelligence' skills into software agents can make humans substantially more trusting of online negotiations, which can lead to superior outcomes in e-commerce transactions, ...
New tool to help detect financial abuse of older Australians
A simple online tool to help bank staff combat rising financial abuse of vulnerable people has been developed, thanks to UNSW support.