Macaques, and other animals, have great difficulties in distinguishing between sequences of stimuli. This might be what separates humans from other animals. Credit: Johan Lind/N Humans possess many cognitive abilities not seen in other animals, such as a full-blown language capacity as well as reasoning and planning abilities. Despite these differences, however, it has been

A student uses a digitizer to record geometric morphometric sites on a skull. Credit: NC State University Skeletal evidence shows that, hundreds of years after the Roman Republic conquered most of the Mediterranean world, coastal communities in what is now south and central Italy still bore distinct physical differences to one another — though the

Golden retriever puppy. Do you think of puppies and bunnies when you think of your spouse? Credit: © Mikkel Bigandt / Fotolia One of the well-known challenges of marriage is keeping the passion alive after years of partnership, as passions tend to cool even in very happy relationships. In a new study, a team of

Insomnia is one of the most common health complaints. Credit: © Focus Pocus LTD / Fotolia An international team of researchers has found, for the first time, seven risk genes for insomnia. With this finding the researchers have taken an important step towards the unravelling of the biological mechanisms that cause insomnia. In addition, the

Researchers passed a weak constant electrical current through saline-soaked electrodes positioned over target regions in the scalp. Credit: Image courtesy of Queen Mary University of London Scientists have found a way to improve creativity through brain stimulation, according to researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Goldsmiths University of London. They achieved this

Can you clearly see emotions in the eyes of others? Credit: © elnariz / Fotolia Our DNA influences our ability to read a person’s thoughts and emotions from looking at their eyes, suggests a new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. Twenty years ago, a team of scientists at the University of Cambridge developed

This is a bat trained to stand on a platform and await delivery of its prey. Credit: Johns Hopkins University When trying to be heard over noise, humans and animals raise their voices. It’s a split-second feat, from ear to brain to vocalization, and Johns Hopkins University researchers are the first to measure just how

“Friendships become even more important as we age,” said William Chopik, a Michigan State University assistant professor of psychology whose study suggests friendships may actually be more important than family relationships. Credit: © pablocalvog / Fotolia The power of friendship gets stronger with age and may even be more important than family relationships, indicates new

These findings suggest that our expectations may not match the reality of dying, which has important implications for how we treat people who are dying. Credit: © Studio Porto Sabbia / Fotolia Fear of death is a fundamental part of the human experience — we dread the possibility of pain and suffering and we worry

This figure shows eight different real faces that were presented to a monkey, together with reconstructions made by analyzing electrical activity from 205 neurons recorded while the monkey was viewing the faces. Credit: Courtesy of Doris Tsao When you look at photos of faces, your brain is able to instantly identify the ones that you

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