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Stories by Karen Hopkin

Better Road Signs Could Save Bicycle Riders

Signs that say "Share the Road" with bicycles may have far less influence over motor vehicle driver behavior than would signs saying "Bicycles May Use Full Lane."  ...

September 4, 2015 — Karen Hopkin

Terse Titles Cited

Scientific papers with shorter titles receive more citations than those with long-winded headings  

August 31, 2015 — Karen Hopkin

What All the Screaming Is about

An analysis of the acoustical characteristics of screams found that the sounds are unusually rough, that is, they rapidly change in frequency, which has an alarming effect on the listener's brain   ...

July 29, 2015 — Karen Hopkin

Color You Remember Seeing Isn't What You Saw

People tend to remember a color they saw, for example green-blue teal, as being closer to a more stereotypical variant, such as straight blue or green. Karen Hopkin reports  

June 9, 2015 — Karen Hopkin

Genes Orchestrate Musical Ability

It might take practice to get to Carnegie Hall but scientists found that it takes a set of dozens of genes in the brain working together to make that practice pay off.  

June 2, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun, Karen Hopkin and Benjamin Meyers

Musical Performance Activates Specific Genes

Blood tests on 10 professional musicians before and after playing showed that specific genes got turned on by performance, some of which are also active in songbirds. Karen Hopkin reports

April 27, 2015 — Karen Hopkin
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