The biology of politics: Liberals roll with the good, conservatives confront the bad
From cable TV news pundits to red-meat speeches in Iowa and New Hampshire, our nation's deep political stereotypes are on full display: Conservatives paint self-indulgent liberals as insufferably absent on urgent national ...
Facial expressions show language barriers too
(PhysOrg.com) -- People from East Asia tend to have a tougher time than those from European countries telling the difference between a face that looks fearful versus surprised, disgusted versus angry, and ...
Culture wires the brain: A cognitive neuroscience perspective
Where you grow up can have a big impact on the food you eat, the clothes you wear, and even how your brain works. In a report in a special section on Culture and Psychology in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a jour ...
Our eye position betrays the numbers we have in mind, new study
It will be harder to lie about your age or your poker hand after new research by the University of Melbourne, Australia has revealed that our eye position betrays the numbers we are thinking about.
Computer-enhanced vision adds a 'sixth sense'
Picture this: As your eyes alight for the first time on a skyscraper in a foreign cityscape, a disembodied voice whispers in your ear the phone number of a posh bar on the top floor.
Beyond Google Glass: Researcher looks to the future
(Phys.org) —A wearable display being developed by UA optical scientist Hong Hua could have capabilities even more advanced than those of the recently unveiled Google Glass, a pair of glasses with smartphone ...
Researcher decodes Rembrandt's 'magic'
A University of British Columbia researcher has uncovered what makes Rembrandt's masterful portraits so appealing.
System uses electrical trickery on the brain to induce realistic spaceflight effects (w/ Video)
What does it feel like to return to Earth after a long stay in space? Until now, it has been difficult during astronaut training to realistically simulate the dizzying effects the human body can experience.
Why we learn more from our successes than our failures
(PhysOrg.com) -- If you've ever felt doomed to repeat your mistakes, researchers at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory may have explained why: Brain cells may only learn from experience when we ...
Baby's first dreams: Research reveals sleep cycles in early fetus
After about seven months growing in the womb, a human fetus spends most of its time asleep. Its brain cycles back and forth between the frenzied activity of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and the quiet resting ...
Zeno "boy" robot: Let me introduce myself (w/ Video)
Intel readying to take on Kinect with 3D depth cameras
New way to guide a car: With your eyes, not hands
Tired of spinning that steering wheel? Try this: German researchers have developed a new technology that lets drivers steer cars using only their eyes.