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The problem with solving problems

June 28, 2018

As demonstrated in a series of new studies, researchers show that as the prevalence of a problem is reduced, humans are naturally inclined to redefine the problem itself. The result is that as a problem becomes smaller, people’s conceptualizations of that problem become larger, which can lead them to miss the fact that they’ve solved […]

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People recall information better through virtual reality

June 13, 2018

Researchers conducted one of the first in-depth analyses on whether people learn better through virtual, immersive environments, as opposed to more traditional platforms like a two-dimensional desktop computer or hand-held tablet. The researchers found that people remember information better if it is presented to them in a virtual environment. Read More

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Students learn Italian playing Assassin’s Creed video game

April 20, 2018

A professor has used video games to teach Italian, allowing his students to master two semesters worth of language acquisition through one intensive class for students new to the Italian language. Read More

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A letter we’ve seen millions of times, yet can’t write

April 3, 2018

Despite seeing it millions of times in pretty much every picture book, every novel, every newspaper and every email message, people are essentially unaware of the more common version of the lowercase print letter ‘g,’ Johns Hopkins researchers have found. Read More

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Does dim light make us dumber?

February 5, 2018

Spending too much time in dimly lit rooms and offices may actually change the brain’s structure and hurt one’s ability to remember and learn, indicates groundbreaking research by neuroscientists. Read More

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Pong paddles and perception: Our actions influence what we see

January 3, 2018

Most people think of vision as simply a function of information the eye gathers. For cognitive psychologists vision is a little more complicated than that. One researcher now faces head-on the notion that her experimental subjects have been victims of a psychological phenomenon called response bias. She employed a classic, action-specific experiment involving a video […]

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Will people eat relish made from ‘waste’ ingredients? Study finds they may even prefer it

December 12, 2017

A new study found strong potential for consumer acceptance of a new category of foods created from discarded ingredients. But the big question has been this: Will consumers accept products made from ingredients that were destined for the garbage? Would a person actually eat — and pay for — a granola bar made from spent […]

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Researchers trained neural networks to be fashion designers (sort of)

November 28, 2017

Researchers have demonstrated how artificial intelligence and neural networks could one day create custom apparel designs to help retailers and apparel makers sell clothing to consumers based on what they learned from a buyer’s preferences. Read More

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Experts call for ethics rules to protect privacy, free will, as brain implants advance

November 13, 2017

Neuroscientists call for ethical guidelines to cover the evolving use of computer hardware and software to enhance or restore human capabilities. Read More

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Memory: Recognizing images seen briefly ten years previously

November 10, 2017

Recalling the names of old classmates 50 years after graduation or of favorite childhood television series illustrates the amazing abilities of human memory. Emotion and repeated exposure are both known to play a role in long-term memorization, but why do we remember things that are not emotionally charged and have only been seen or experienced […]

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