Research documents a strange illusion
Juvenile ravens performed just as well as chimps and orangutans in a battery of intelligence tests—except for assays of spatial skills. Christopher Intagliata reports.
A study of adults learning a new language found that speaking primarily activated regions in the left side of the brain, but reading and listening comprehension were much more variable
At just four months of age, the birds performed equally well as great apes on understanding numbers, following cues and many more tasks
Many with this skill have a feeling they are special. A freely available test helps them confirm their intuitions
As political polarization grows, the arguments we have with one another may be shifting our understanding of truth itself
Taking a swig of red wine before eating Brussels sprouts appears to moderate Brussels sprouts' polarizing flavor. Christopher Intagliata reports
Horseflies misjudge landings on zebra patterns, compared with solid gray or black surfaces, which provides evidence for why evolution came up with the black-and-white pattern.
Suggestibility may explain why people “feel” vicarious pain or sensation in a fake hand
What conjuring techniques can reveal about animal cognition
Humans’ spatial recall makes mental notes about the location of high-calorie foods
From ‘social distancing’ to ‘self-quarantining,’ the pandemic is leaving a lasting impact on the English lexicon
An online citizen science project is recruiting 30,000 volunteers to assess whether exercises to improve memory and attention are valid—and if so, for whom
Psychologist Susan Blackmore stays grounded in science while exploring the outer reaches of consciousness.
The solipsism problem, also called the problem of other minds, lurks at the heart of science, philosophy, religion, the arts and the human condition
Objects’ hidden physical traits can help people locate them faster
Contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs spoke with Arthur Caplan, head of the NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s division of medical ethics, about some of the ethical issues that researchers have to consider in testing and distributing vaccines against COVID-19...
Usage patterns shape biases worldwide, whether in Japanese, Persian or English
As babies, we learn that it’s ourself we see in a mirror. But online meeting rooms are a whole different thing