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Perception News
December 5, 2019

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Light-sensitive cells active in the retina even before the fetus can distinguish images may play a larger role in the developing eye and brain than previously thought. ... read more
White noise is not the same as other noise -- and even a quiet environment does not have the same effect as white noise. With a background of continuous white noise, hearing ... read more
One of the enduring puzzles of hearing loss is the decline in a person's ability to determine where a sound originates, a key survival faculty that allows animals to pinpoint ... read more

How Babies Integrate New Events Into Their Knowledge

Babies seek to understand the world around them and learn many new things every day. Unexpected events -- for example when a ball falls through a table -- provide researchers with the unique ... read more
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New Technology Makes Internet Memes Accessible for People With Visual Impairments

People with visual impairments use social media like everyone else, often with the help of screen reader software. But that technology falls short when it encounters memes, which don't include ... read more

Deep Learning to Analyze Neurological Problems

Getting to the doctor's office for a check-up can be challenging for someone with a neurological disorder that impairs their movement, such as a stroke. But what if the patient could just take a ... read more

Why Only Some Post-Stroke Survivors Can 'Copy What I Say'

Researchers report that the left lateral temporal cortex must be intact in stroke patients with aphasia if they are to have their speech entrained. In speech entrainment, stroke survivors practice ... read more

New Pathways in Brain's Amygdala

Researchers are pioneering an innovative brain study that sheds light on how the amygdala portion of the brain functions and could contribute to a better understanding of post-traumatic stress ... read more

Knowledge of the Origin of the Food Makes It Taste Better

Food we are familiar with tastes the best, but if we know where the food comes from and how it is made, it actually gets better, even if we don't think the taste is spot ... read more

Mothers' Pregnancy-Related Anxiety May Alter How Infants' Brains Respond to Sad Speech

A study shows a correlation between mothers' self-reported pregnancy-related anxiety, and babies' blood flow to brain areas responsible for emotional responses when listening to sad ... read more

How Meditation Can Help You Make Fewer Mistakes

New research tested how open monitoring meditation altered brain activity in a way that suggests increased error ... read more

Humans' Ability to Read Dogs' Facial Expressions Is Learned, Not Innate

Researchers assessed how experience with dogs affects humans' ability to recognize dog emotions. Participants who grew up in a cultural context with a dog-friendly attitude were more proficient ... read more

An Exception to the Rule: An Intact Sense of Smell Without a Crucial Olfactory Brain Structure

A handful of left-handed women have excellent senses of smell, despite lacking olfactory ... read more

Enjoyment of Pop Music Classics Linked to Combination of Uncertainty and Surprise

Why is it that people find songs such as James Taylor's 'Country Roads,' UB40's 'Red, Red Wine,' or The Beatles' 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' so irresistibly ... read more

Early Exposure to Sounds Can Address Hypersensitivity to Noise Associated With Fragile X Syndrome

A research team has found exposure to sound -- not sound reduction -- during early development of mice engineered to have Fragile X Syndrome, or FXS, restores molecular, cellular, and functional ... read more

Deep Neural Networks Uncover What the Brain Likes to See

Researchers built deep artificial neural networks that can accurately predict the neural responses produced by a biological brain to arbitrary visual stimuli. These networks can be thought of as a ... read more

How Brain Injury Can Lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder in U.S. military members frequently follows a concussion-like brain injury. Until now, it has been unclear why. A team of psychologists and neurologists reports that a ... read more

Zebrafish Study Reveals Developmental Mechanisms of Eye Movement

Zebrafish research is a promising way to understand the neural and genetic causes of eye movement problems in people, according to multi-university ... read more

Potential Genetic Markers of Multiple Sclerosis Severity

In a bid to determine factors linked to the most debilitating forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers say they have identified three so-called 'complement system' genes that appear to ... read more

Artificial Networks Shed Light on Human Face Recognition

Our brains are so primed to recognize faces - or to tell people apart - that we rarely even stop to think about it, but what happens in the brain when it engages in such recognition is still far from ... read more

Thinking in a Foreign Language Can Reduce Emotional Biases

A new study shows that thinking in a foreign language may help people be more objective when deciding on a price to sell an ... read more

Name That Tune: Brain Takes Just 100 to 300 Milliseconds to Recognize Familiar Music

The human brain can recognize a familiar song within 100 to 300 milliseconds, highlighting the deep hold favorite tunes have on our ... read more

When Money Is Scarce, Biased Behavior Happens Faster

Discrimination may happen faster than the blink of an eye, especially during periods of economic scarcity, according to a new ... read more

Faith, Truth and Forgiveness: How Your Brain Processes Abstract Thoughts

Researchers have leveraged machine learning to interpret human brain scans, allowing the team to uncover the regions of the brain behind how abstract concepts, like justice, ethics and consciousness, ... read more

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