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Women Candidates Face Implicit Bias Hurdle

Volunteers taking an "implicit bias" test who were unlikely to associate images of women with leadership titles like executive or president were far less likely to vote for a woman in a race against a man of equal qualification 

November 25, 2015 — Erika Beras

Babies Move Tongue to Learn New Tongues

Infants seemed to be able to differentiate between two different "D" sounds in Hindi—but only when their tongue movements weren't blocked by a teething device. Christopher Intagliata reports

October 15, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

What Barks Say

Different sounds mean different things

October 13, 2015 — Julie Hecht

Ancient Human Ancestors Heard Differently

Early human species may have had sharper hearing in certain frequencies than we enjoy, to facilitate short-range communication in an open environment. Cynthia Graber reports

September 25, 2015 — Cynthia Graber
What Makes a Prodigy?

What Makes a Prodigy?

Insights from psychology into the origins of extreme ability

September 22, 2015 — David Z. Hambrick

Nonpolitical Tweets May Reveal Political Bias

Word selection among Twitter users who could be identified as likely members of one or the other political party showed specific usage patterns. Christopher Intagliata reports

September 17, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Bonobo Peeps May Be Necessary Language Precursors

Animal communication studies have shown only fixed vocalizations, such as alarm cries. But Bonobo chimps appear to have a call that has different meanings in different contexts  

August 4, 2015 — Diana Kwon