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2013-12-02 21:28:26

A study investigates the role of the motor system in conceptualization Is it true, as some scientists believe, that to understand words like "spike" (in the volleyball sense) the brain has to "mentally" retrace the sequence of motor commands that accomplish the action? According to a study just published as a cover story in the December issue of Brain Research and conducted with the participation of scientists from SISSA, the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste, the...

Study Finds Twist To The Story Of The Number Line
2012-04-26 10:15:48

Yupno of Papua New Guinea provide clues to the concept's origins — and suggest familiar notion of time may not be straightforward, either Tape measures. Rulers. Graphs. The gas gauge in your car, and the icon on your favorite digital device showing battery power. The number line and its cousins — notations that map numbers onto space and often represent magnitude — are everywhere. Most adults in industrialized societies are so fluent at using the concept, we hardly...

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2010-07-20 09:30:02

Your facial expression may tell the world what you are thinking or feeling. But it also affects your ability to understand written language related to emotions, according to research published in the July issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The new study reported on 40 people who were treated with botulinum toxin, or Botox. Tiny applications of this powerful nerve poison were used to deactivate muscles in the forehead that cause frowning....

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2010-01-30 07:40:00

Your facial expression may tell the world what you are thinking or feeling. But it also affects your ability to understand written language related to emotions, according to research that was presented Jan. 29 to the Society for Personal and Social Psychology in Las Vegas, and will be published in the journal Psychological Science. The new study reported on 40 people who were treated with botulinum toxin, or Botox. Tiny applications of this powerful nerve poison were used to deactivate...

2009-05-12 15:03:17

U.S. researchers say they've determined the brain can use bodily cues to help understand and solve complex problems. University of Illinois Professor Alejandro Lleras, who led the study with Vanderbilt University postdoctoral researcher Laura Thomas, said the research is the first to show a person's ability to solve a problem can be influenced by body movements. Our manipulation is changing the way people think, said Lleras. In other words, by directing the way people move their bodies, we...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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