How the brain perceives rhythm

A team of neuroscientists has found that people are biased toward hearing and producing rhythms composed of simple integer ratios — for example, a series of four beats separated by equal time intervals.Image: MIT News Study finds the brain is … Continue reading

Rhythm of breathing affects memory and fear

The rhythm of breathing through the nose sparks electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall, explains Christina Zelano, assistant professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.Image courtesy of Northwestern University Northwestern … Continue reading

Why big brains are rare

The brain of Gnathonemus petersii is larger in proportion to its body than a human’s. To keep up with the energy demands of its big brain, it has evolved a Schnauzenorgan, a chin appendage covered with electroreceptors that helps it … Continue reading

Half of people believe fake facts

Around 50% of us are susceptible to believing we’ve experienced fictitious events, University of Warwick research finds False memory study included over 400 people Raises questions around the authenticity of memories used in forensic investigations, court rooms. Misinformation in the … Continue reading

The Language of Senses

Sight, touch and hearing are our windows to the world: these sensory channels send a constant flow of information to the brain, which acts to sort out and integrate these signals, allowing us to perceive the world and interact with … Continue reading

Study links intelligence and chess skill

Michigan State University psychology professor Zach Hambrick, left, and graduate student Alexander Burgoyne discuss their findings that chess skill is related to intelligence.Credit: Michigan State University Intelligence — and not just relentless practice — plays a significant role in determining … Continue reading

Group work can harm memory

Image credit: © astrid/ Flickr A new study by psychologists from the University of Liverpool and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) reveals that collaborating in a group to remember information is harmful. The research, conducted by Dr … Continue reading