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2014-06-28 14:45:19

A team of researchers headed by the Erfurt-based psychologist Prof. Ralf Rummer and the Cologne-based phoneticist Prof. Martine Grice has carried out some ground-breaking experiments to uncover the links between language and emotions.

faking laughter
2014-05-07 05:24:07

We’ve all pretended to laugh at those bad jokes our friends, family members or coworkers tell every now and then, but how often are we convincing in those efforts? Apparently, just over one-third of the time.

2013-04-23 13:01:12

Children growing up in the Rufiji region along the coast of Tanzania are learning Swahili as their first language.

Babies Learn Language While Still In The Womb
2013-01-02 09:44:22

A groundbreaking study has demonstrated that newborns are able to distinguish between the sounds of their parents’ native language and a foreign language just hours after they are born.

2009-11-05 13:19:30

The perceptions of five Chinese vowel /u, o, a, y, i/ and many perceptional phenomena can be explained well by the excitation pattern peaks.

2009-10-26 23:56:39

Try to pronounce the words "caught" and "cot." If you're a New Yorker by birth, the two words will sound as different as their spellings.

2009-07-01 10:07:26

The composer Richard Wagner is well-known, even notorious, for writing operas that can challenge both performers and listeners.


Word of the Day
ponerology
  • An interdisciplinary study of social injustice.
The word 'ponerology' was coined by Andrzej Łobaczewski, a Polish psychiatrist. It comes from a Greek word meaning "evil".