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Tapping into the link between emotions and politics

There was a time when emotions were considered a weakness, getting in the way of good thinking. We now know our emotions are an important tool in our brain's arsenal. For example, scientists have recently tackled the link between emotions and political beliefs, noting that...

source: By Dorothy L. Tengler
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Neuroscientists have adapted their MRI scanner to make it easier to scan infants' brains as the babies watch movies featuring different types of visual input.

source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology via ScienceDaily

There's an easy explanation for why our recorded voices sound weird to us, said William Hartmann, a physics professor at Michigan State University who specializes in acoustics and psychoacoustics. There are two pathways through which we perceive our own voice when we speak,...

source: The New York Times

Drinking to forget may make the fearful memories associated with post-traumatic stress disorder worse, not better, experiments with mice suggest. A new study demonstrates that alcohol can strengthen such emotional memories, preventing the rodents from pushing aside their...

source: Futurity

The history of logic should be of interest to anyone with aspirations to thinking that is correct, or at least reasonable. This story illustrates different approaches to intellectual enquiry and human cognition more generally. Reflecting on the history of logic forces us...

source: Aeon

The Department of Defense (DoD) is trying to tackle environmental problems caused by spent bullets and casings on its firing ranges by using composite materials laced with seeds. The military fires hundreds of thousands of rounds during training, ranging from bullets to...

source: Engadget

Dorlyn Catron's cane is making its radio debut today — its name is Pete. ("He's important to my life. He ought to have a name," she says.) Catron is participating in one of the America InSight tours at the Smithsonian American...

source: NPR

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