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Contextual Information Can Trip Up The Brain On Even The Simplest Logic Problems
2013-12-21 04:59:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online If the human brain is comparable to a computer, why does it so often make mistakes that its electronic counterpart does not? New research suggests it all has to do with how various problems are presented. Scientists typically like to make this comparison because both the human brain and a computer typically follow a set of rules in which to make decisions, communicate and perform other tasks. However, University of...

Study Reveals Language Influences What We See
2013-08-27 09:16:01

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online People naturally assume the sense of sight takes in the world as it is, simply passing on what the eyes collect from light reflected by the objects around us. The truth is more complicated, however, as the eyes do not work alone. Our vision is not only a function of incoming visual information, but how that information is interpreted in light of other visual experiences as well. A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and...

2010-07-12 14:06:53

Cognitive psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and University of California have shown that an image displayed too quickly to be seen by an observer can be detected if the participant first hears the name of the object. Through a series of experiments published in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers found that hearing the name of an object improved participants' ability to see it, even when the object was flashed onscreen in conditions and speeds (50 milliseconds) that would render...

2010-01-22 00:37:58

Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Memphis have released a new study on linguistic evolution that challenges the prominent hypothesis for why languages differ throughout the world. The study argues that human languages may adapt more like biological organisms than previously thought and that the more common and popular the language, the simpler its construction to facilitate its survival. Traditional thinking is that languages develop based upon random...


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drawcansir
  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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