Can Playing the Computer Game “Tetris” Reduce the Build-Up of Flashbacks for Trauma? A Proposal from Cognitive Science. PLoS ONE. 2009; 4(1): e4153.
Vaughan Bell, Editor Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom. Tetris effect. Screenshot of a tetromino game.
People who play video puzzle games like this for a long time may see moving images like this at the edges of their visual fields, when they close their eyes, or when they are drifting off to sleep. The Tetris effect (also known as Tetris Syndrome) occurs when people devote so much time and attention to an activity that it begins to pattern their thoughts, mental images, and dreams.
It is named after the video game Tetris. Other examples The Tetris effect can occur with other video games. It has also been known to occur with non-video games, such as the illusion of curved lines after doing a jigsaw puzzle, or the involuntary mental visualisation of Rubik's Cube algorithms common amongst speedcubers. Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation. To Predict Dating Success, The Secret's In The Pronouns : Shots - Health Blog. Hide captionPeople who are interested in and paying close attention to each other begin to speak more alike, a psychologist says. iStockphoto.com People who are interested in and paying close attention to each other begin to speak more alike, a psychologist says.
On a recent Friday night, 30 men and 30 women gathered at a hotel restaurant in Washington, D.C. Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses. Self-sculpting sand. Imagine that you have a big box of sand in which you bury a tiny model of a footstool.
A few seconds later, you reach into the box and pull out a full-size footstool: The sand has assembled itself into a large-scale replica of the model. That may sound like a scene from a Harry Potter novel, but it’s the vision animating a research project at the Distributed Robotics Laboratory (DRL) at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. At the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in May — the world’s premier robotics conference — DRL researchers will present a paper describing algorithms that could enable such “smart sand.”
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The study gave strong evidence that the current drug classification scheme in the UK was fundamentally flawed and was not based on the actual danger of a given drug. The study has now been published in this week’s issue of The Lancet. Homepage.psy.utexas.edu/homepage/group/busslab/pdffiles/Evolutionary Psychology and Feminism - Final Published 2011.pdf. When Truisms Are True. Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2011. IBM's "neurosynaptic" chips are the closest thing to a synthetic brain yet. A nice, clear, and mostly correct statement.
However, you are forgetting one thing: Those in power wish to stay in power. Those who have power wish to have more power. And those who have property that could suddenly not be "theirs" would be highly resistant to relinquishing said property. Online gamers have managed to solve a decade-old scientific puzzle. In three weeks. Sci-ence! A Skeptical Comic and Blog. Nothing used to be intuitive.
I mean the concept of ‘nothing’. We used to be able to say things like ‘the vast nothingness of space” and have an idea of what that meant. But we know there is, in fact, lots of ‘things’ in between the regular ‘stuff’ in space. Dark matter, dark energy, virtual particles, the fabric of spacetime itself. ROBO-ONE 13: Taekwon-V vs. Garoo. Researchers evolve a multicellular yeast in the lab in 2 months. Are smart people ugly? The Explainer's 2011 Question of the Year. BBC Nature - Chimpanzees consider their audience when communicating. 29 December 2011Last updated at 17:01 By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC Nature The chimps made soft "hoo" sounds to warn individuals that had not seen the threat Chimpanzees appear to consider who they are "talking to" before they call out.
Researchers found that wild chimps that spotted a poisonous snake were more likely to make their "alert call" in the presence of a chimp that had not seen the threat. This indicates that the animals "understand the mindset" of others. Cagebreak! Rats Will Work To Free A Trapped Pal. Hide captionA new study finds that rats will intentionally work to free a trapped pal. iStockphoto.com Calling someone a "rat" is no compliment, but a new study shows that rats actually are empathetic and will altruistically lend a helping paw to a cage mate who is stuck in a trap.
Not only will rats frantically work to free their trapped cage mate; they will do so even when there's a tempting little pile of chocolate chips nearby, the study reveals. Instead of leaving their pal in the trap and selfishly gobbling the candy all by themselves, rats will free their cage mate and share the chocolate. "To me that's absolutely stunning," says neurobiologist Peggy Mason of the University of Chicago.
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This list corrects erroneous beliefs that are currently widely held about notable topics. Each misconception and the corresponding facts have been discussed in published literature. Note that each entry is formatted as a correction; the misconceptions themselves are implied rather than stated. History Ancient to early modern history. Blindness eased by historic stem cell treatment - health - 25 January 2012. For the first time since they were discovered 13 years ago, human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) have shown medical promise. Features of a successful therapeutic fast of 382 days' duration. Postgraduate Medical Journalpmj.bmj.com. Fecal Transplants: They Work, the Regulations Don’t. HIV Treatment as Prevention.
My Man, Sir Isaac Newton. NASA Beams Beatles' 'Across the Universe' Into Space. NASA Beams Beatles' 'Across the Universe' Into Space For the first time ever, NASA beamed a song -- The Beatles' "Across the Universe" -- directly into deep space at 7 p.m.