Language Development May Start A Month Before Birth

Language Development May Start A Month Before Birth

Researchers suggest that babies may be able to hear differences in language a month before they are born. Published in the journal NeuroReport, scientists from the University of Kansas used a magnetocardiogram (MCG) to study two dozen mothers who were eight months pregnant. This technology can measure magnetic fields produced by electrical activity in the heart. A bilingual…

People Are Pretty Bad At Spotting Whether An Image Is Fake

People Are Pretty Bad At Spotting Whether An Image Is Fake

As you can tell by half the stuff you see flying around on social media, people are really bad at spotting if an image is “Photoshopped” and digitally altered. Take, for example, an image that went viral earlier this month of politicians at the G20 summit that appeared to show Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, and…

Triggering Neural Circuit Instills Dominance In Mice

Triggering Neural Circuit Instills Dominance In Mice

We don’t want to give credibility to those awful guides on how to achieve social dominance, but it seems that, in mice at least, being top of the pecking order is all in the mind. A neural circuit in the rodent brain controls social dominance – when it’s stimulated, a mouse can rise to the top of…

Gazing At This Optical Illusion Can Actually Sharpen Your Vision

Gazing At This Optical Illusion Can Actually Sharpen Your Vision

Optical illusions aren’t just good for giving you a headache and fuzzy eyes. Researchers from the University of Glasgow and the University of York in the UK have carried out research that indicates regular exposure to a certain optical illusion helps enhance people’s ability to read small text. The study was published in Psychological Science….

The Fear Of Crime Is Contagious Even When Crime Rates Are Low

The Fear Of Crime Is Contagious Even When Crime Rates Are Low

The world of fake news and alternative facts may be driven by unscrupulous political figureheads, but it also requires the public to allow their emotions to cloud their judgement. For example, even though crime – particularly violent crime and murder rates – has been steadily dropping in the past few decades in the US, the…

Brain Scans Show Being Generous Really Does Make You Happier

Brain Scans Show Being Generous Really Does Make You Happier

Helping others makes you happier and it appears to be physical not just psychological. These are the conclusions of a study, published in Nature Communications, that looked at the brains of participants who either behaved selflessly or selfishly. The research was a collaboration between a psychologist, neurologist, and economist to see if there was any…