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Psychological and brain science

Cognitive neuroscience
Blind people can't see color but understand it the same way as sighted people
Published Aug 17, 2021
Experiments with blind and sighted people upend adage that blind people lack deep knowledge of visual phenomena
Cognitive science
Study: The most curious babies become the most curious toddlers
Published June 28, 2021
Infants' responses to surprising events like magic tricks are linked to later cognitive ability, researchers find
Mimes help us 'see' objects that don't exist
Published April 5, 2021
Researchers use mime techniques to better understand vision and perception, finding that implied objects and surfaces such as walls or boxes can be 'seen' even when they don't exist
This is your brain on code
Published Dec 17, 2020
Using fMRI scans of computer programmers as they read code, researchers have discovered that the complex language processing takes place in the left hemisphere in a part of the brain dedicated to logical reasoning
Psychological sciences
Babies' random choices become their preferences
Published Oct 2, 2020
We assume we choose things that we like, but research suggests that's sometimes backward: We like things because we choose them, and we dislike things that we don't choose
Oh, the humanity
Published March 19, 2020
Why are people hoarding toilet paper during the coronavirus outbreak? It takes restraint to resist our instincts in the face of social dilemmas, JHU professor says.
Cognitive science
Conceptualizing color
Published Fall 2019
Studies from Marina Bedny and Judy Kim suggest people born blind have a rich understanding of visual concepts that is not based solely on what they've been told / Johns Hopkins Magazine
Brain science
Study may shed light on age-related cognitive decline
Published Aug 5, 2019
In some older adults, fibers connecting the front and back of the brain have been damaged over the years, making it harder to recall information
How do blind adults learn about animal appearance?
Published May 22, 2019
Study finds that people born blind develop rich and accurate ideas about appearance based on cultural inference
Brain science
Study: Treats might mask animal intelligence
Published May 14, 2019
Using rewards might incrementally improve learning, but new study reveals that performance overall improves when rewards aren't available