Milena Canning can see objects only if they are moving, hinting at the inner workings of our visual system
Decoding the puzzle of human consciousness
Two key features created the human mind
Stephen Asma, professor of philosophy at Columbia College Chicago, talks about his two latest books, The Evolution of Imagination and Why We Need Religion.
Colleen Ganley, assistant professor of developmental psychology, answers
Shutting down an overactive enzyme could become a general treatment, rather than one solely intended for the few who inherit a mutated Parkinson’s gene
Birds become good at avoiding danger by eavesdropping on the alarm calls of other birds—and the learning occurs without even seeing their peers or predators. Christopher Intagliata reports. ...
Some people find it impossible to imagine a friend’s face or their own apartment—a phenomenon named aphantasia. Scientists are beginning to tease out the brain features underlying the condition...
Different people have differing aptitudes for observing small changes and particular features.
Are consciousness, free will and God insoluble mysteries?
Physical motion of neural signals may play a more important role in brain function than previously thought
Six months of piano lessons can heighten kindergartners' brain responses to different pitches, and improve their ability to tell apart two similar-sounding words. Christopher Intagliata reports...
Young people with autism have more psychiatric and medical conditions than do their typical peers or those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Warning a child that something, like a vaccine shot, will hurt can actually increase their perception of the pain.
New findings add fuel to the bilingual advantage debate
The reach of the scientific method is constrained by the limitations of our tools and the intrinsic impenetrability of some of nature's deepest questions
Hundreds of toys promise to help babies read, learn, do math and walk earlier than expected—many without scientific backing
A study describes the complex brain circuitry that lets us identify, savor (or recoil from) a taste
There is little scientific support for this fashionable idea—and stronger evidence for other learning strategies