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Mind & Brain :: Consciousness Redux :: December 14, 2011 :: :: Email :: Print See Inside Cognitive psychology is mapping the capabilities we are unaware we possess By Christof Koch Image: Yulia.
Meanwhile, a similar story was unfolding oceans away. During World War II, under constant threat of bombings, the British had a great need to distinguish incoming aircraft quickly and accurately. Which aircraft were British planes coming home and which were German planes coming to bomb?
Wanting what others have may be hardwired in the brain By Laura Sanders Web edition: May 22, 2012 Print edition: June 30, 2012; Vol.181 #13 (p. 12) As every kid knows, the very best toy is the one that someone else is playing with.
To navigate certain parts of New York City — namely Queens and much of Manhattan — all you need to be able to do is count. In Manhattan neighborhoods like the West Village, and most of Brooklyn, things get a good bit trickier. You can no longer depend on the logical numbered progression of streets and avenues, and must instead rely on some other picture inside your head. For a while now psychologists have debated just what that picture looks like. Some believe we need to orient ourselves by local reference points. Under this theory, we're lost until we see that certain street or certain landmark, at which point the rest of the grid emerges in our minds.
In the first months after her surgery, shopping for groceries was infuriating. Standing in the supermarket aisle, Vicki would look at an item on the shelf and know that she wanted to place it in her trolley — but she couldn't. “I'd reach with my right for the thing I wanted, but the left would come in and they'd kind of fight,” she says.
Brain injuries can sometimes reveal extraordinary talents in people. Now, savant syndrome is helping to create whole new fields of scientific discovery. Wikimedia Commons For a long time, it was a mystery as to how horses galloped.
Mind & Brain :: Head Lines :: February 29, 2012 :: :: Email :: Print See Inside Physical activity boosts cognition by improving neurons' power supply By Stephani Sutherland Image: Jonathan Fife/Getty Images
Mind & Brain :: Mind Matters :: February 7, 2012 :: :: Email :: Print A man's face can "grab" anger from someone standing nearby. But a woman's face tends to grab happiness. By Sarah Estes Graham and Jesse Graham
Mind & Brain :: Features :: February 27, 2012 :: :: Email :: Print See Inside Good social skills depend on picking up on other people's moods—a feat the brain performs by combining numerous sensory clues By Janina Seubert and Christina Regenbogen
Mind & Brain :: Features :: January 26, 2012 :: :: Email :: Print See Inside Drugs and other therapies may soon be able to alter or even delete recollections selectively By Adam Piore Image: Photoillustration by Aaron Goodman In Brief
Kaavya Viswanathan has an excuse. In this morning's New York Times , the author of How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life explained how she "unintentionally and unconsciously" plagiarized upward of 29 passages from the books of another young-adult novelist, Megan McCafferty. Viswanathan said she has a photographic memory. "I never take notes."
Brain activity shows how one voice pattern stands out from the crowd By Laura Sanders Web edition: April 18, 2012 The brain’s power to focus can make a single voice seem like the only sound in a room full of chatter, a new study shows. The results help explain how people can pick out a speaker from a jumbled stream of incoming sounds. A deeper understanding of this feat could help scientists better treat people who can’t sort out sound signals effectively, an ability that can decline with age.
Mind & Brain :: Mind Matters :: April 17, 2012 :: :: Email :: Print When you fix your eyes on something, your mind distorts By Julian De Freitas and Brandon Liverence Attention warps reality Image: iStock/luismmolina Notice that, even as you fixate on the screen in front of you, you can still shift your attention to different regions in your peripheries .
March 20, 2006 -- James McGaugh is one of the world's leading experts on how the human memory system works. But these days, he admits he's stumped.
Do you remember what you ate a week ago? Image: iStock/Barbara Dudzińska What did you eat for dinner one week ago today? Chances are, you can’t quite recall. But for at least a short while after your meal, you knew exactly what you ate, and could easily remember what was on your plate in great detail. What happened to your memory between then and now?