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Tag: Science / Psychology and Neuroscience

Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture

Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture

For a question with so much riding on it—does using politically correct language actually make a person less of a jerk?—the test was deceptively simple. Here’s what you do: Show people a sketch of a cartoon person—circle-for-head, ovals for arms and body—with a dotted line […]

A Newfound Neuron Might Help Keep the Brain’s Cells in Sync

A Newfound Neuron Might Help Keep the Brain’s Cells in Sync

A long-standing controversy in neuroscience centers on a simple question: How do neurons in the brain share information? Sure, it’s well-known that neurons are wired together by synapses and that when one of them fires, it sends an electrical signal to other neurons connected to […]

Here’s How Elon Musk Plans to Put a Computer in Your Brain

Here’s How Elon Musk Plans to Put a Computer in Your Brain

Elon Musk doesn’t think his newest endeavor, revealed Tuesday night after two years of relative secrecy, will end all human suffering. Just a lot of it. Eventually. At a presentation at the California Academy of Sciences, hastily announced via Twitter and beginning a half hour […]

How Phone Taps and Swipes Train Us to Be Better Consumers

How Phone Taps and Swipes Train Us to Be Better Consumers

In February, leaked software code predicted the demise of the back button on the latest version of Google’s Android smartphone. Apple did away with the iPhone’s home button in 2017. LG’s latest handset allows users to control their devices without touching them at all. Now, […]

Why We See the Colors of Faces Differently Than Other Things

Why We See the Colors of Faces Differently Than Other Things

As setups go for studying how people see colors, this one isn’t even the weirdest: a room full of assorted objects, like Lego bricks, strawberries, and ping-pong balls. Bring people into the room and give them a computer. Tell them to use a mouse to […]

What’s So Special About Human Screams? Ask a Screamologist

What’s So Special About Human Screams? Ask a Screamologist

I scream, you scream, we all scream. For ice cream, sure, but also for fear, excitement, sexual pleasure, pain, anger, and—if online commenters are to be believed—memes 😱. Screaming is exhibited by many animals, but no species uses this extreme vocalization in as many different […]

The Machine That Reads Your Mind (Kinda) and Talks (Sorta)

The Machine That Reads Your Mind (Kinda) and Talks (Sorta)

Edward Chang keeps a cybernetic implant at his desk, which seems almost calculatedly cool. Chang is a lean, low-voiced neurosurgeon at UC San Francisco. The cybernetic implant—more properly a Brain-Computer Interface—is a floppy, translucent plastic square about the size of my hand, embedded with a […]