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2008-11-17 10:22:25

Famous works of abstract art achieve popularity by using shapes that resonate with the neural mechanisms in the brain linked to visual information, a psychologist at the University of Liverpool has discovered. Humans make aesthetic judgments about shapes and forms quickly and easily, preferring certain shapes to others, even in the absence of any narrative. Dr Richard Latto, from the University's Psychology department, has discovered that these shapes resonate with the processing properties...

2008-06-26 06:02:44

By Kevin W. Smith, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Jun. 26--Folk singer Ani DiFranco has a long and pioneering musical history. And thankfully, she's been willing to share pieces of that with us when she comes through town. Last week we published our most recent interview, in which DiFranco talked about life with her new daughter, her upcoming album, "Red Letter Year," and global politics, among other things. You can read it on AZNightbuzz.com. To celebrate tonight's show at the...

2006-07-31 07:43:28

The ability to spot venomous snakes may have played a major role in the evolution of monkeys, apes and humans, according to a new hypothesis by Lynne Isbell, professor of anthropology at UC Davis. The work is published in the July issue of the Journal of Human Evolution. Primates have good vision, enlarged brains, and grasping hands and feet, and use their vision to guide reaching and grasping. Scientists have thought that these characteristics evolved together as early primates used their...

2006-07-20 16:03:51

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Snakes may make people jump for a good reason -- human close-up vision may have evolved specifically to spot the reptiles, researchers reported on Thursday. Humans, monkeys and other primates have good color vision, large brains, and use their vision to guide reaching and grasping. But while some scientists believe these characteristics evolved together as early primates used their hands and eyes to pick fruit and other foods, Lynne Isbell, a professor of...

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