Do video games give gamers an edge in learning? Credit: © Hoda Bogdan / Fotolia Neuropsychologists of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum let video gamers compete against non-gamers in a learning competition. During the test, the video gamers performed significantly better and showed an increased brain activity in the brain areas that are relevant for learning. Prof

In order to achieve better brain signal transmission quality, the researchers apply contact gel. Credit: Michael Veit Filtering information for search engines, acting as an opponent during a board game or recognizing images: Artificial intelligence has far outpaced human intelligence in certain tasks. Several groups from the Freiburg excellence cluster BrainLinks-BrainTools led by neuroscientist private

A robot toddler used in this study. Credit: Image courtesy of Lancaster University Children learn new words using the same method as robots, according to psychologists. This suggests that early learning is based not on conscious thought but on an automatic ability to associate objects which enables babies to quickly make sense of their environment.

Professor Ron Clarke busy excavating the Little Foot Skull from the Sterkfontein Caves. Credit: Wits University South Africa’s status as a major cradle in the African nursery of humankind has been reinforced with today’s unveiling of “Little Foot,” the country’s oldest, virtually complete fossil human ancestor. Little Foot is the only known virtually complete Australopithecus

The number of likes, shares, comments and positive feedback travelers expect to get on social media can affect where they choose to go, say researchers, who used the Social Return Scale to predict whether people would travel to Cuba. Credit: Carol Kline How much positive feedback travelers think they’ll get on social media can predict

We spend a lot of time listening to our own inner speech. But to what extent does the brain distinguish between inner speech and the sounds we produce when we speak out loud? Credit: © adimas / Fotolia As far our brain is concerned, talking to ourselves in our heads may be fundamentally the same

Experts say the only way to ensure your window blinds are safe for children is to remove all corded blinds and replace them with blinds like these that do not have operating or accessible internal cords. Credit: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Most homes have them. They help keep our rooms warm or cold and even add

Heavy London traffic. (Stock image) Credit: © magicbones / Fotolia Exposure to air pollution on city streets is enough to counter the beneficial health effects of exercise in older adults, according to new research. The findings, published in The Lancet, show that short term exposure to air pollution in built up areas like London’s busy

Polling is still the best way to predict election outcomes, say researchers. Credit: © MG / Fotolia Donald Trump’s surprising election as president of the United States was viewed by some people as evidence that electoral polling no longer works, but researchers report they have developed models using global polling data that can correctly predict

A NASA team scanned these terrestrial rock samples, all measuring two to four inches in diameter, to investigate possibilities for future in-space use of non-destructive evaluation techniques. The two rock samples on the bottom are from Earth’s newest volcanic island in the Kingdom of Tonga; the sample on the upper left from kilometers deep contains

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