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Spatial Perception Influenced By Fear
2012-10-29 05:41:33

Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online When it comes to providing an objective account of the world around us, the human brain can be a notoriously inaccurate and biased reporter. Scholarly literature in the fields of psychology and neuroscience are full of studies that demonstrate how the brain 'fudges' the picture of reality with which it presents our conscious mind, often favoring a useful or convenient interpretation of our surroundings over a strictly accurate one....

Spatial Perception Influenced By Fear
2012-10-22 12:48:06

Read my exclusive interview with Dr. Matthew Longo about his research. Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online One of the many mind-bending lessons that neuroscience has taught us in recent years is that our brain often ℠fudges´ the picture of reality that it gives us. For a very simple at-home demonstration of this cognitive trickery, stand in front of a mirror and alternate back and forth between looking at your left eye, then your right eye. No matter...

2010-06-15 14:11:31

Our brains contain a highly distorted model of our own bodies, according to new research by scientists at UCL (University College London). A study published today, which focussed on the brain's representation of the hand, found that our model of our bodies is out of sync with reality "“ with a strong tendency to think that the hands are shorter and fatter than their true shape. The results of the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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