‘Handmorph’ makes grip smaller to up empathy for kids

A new device called HandMorph can help adults get a taste of what it's like to interact with the world as a child, researchers say.

Robert Mitchum-Chicago • futurity
Nov. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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Team pins down brain circuits behind dissociation

Researchers have uncovered the brain dynamics behind the experience of dissociation, in which people can feel disconnected from their bodies and reality.

Bruce Goldman-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 29, 2020 ~7 min

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Why human-like robots freak real people out

Robots that look human are more appealing to people, but only up to a point. That effect is called the uncanny valley. Researchers dig into what's going on.

Camden Flath-Futurity • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

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Brain signals reveal how musicians sync with the rhythm

"...this signal was sensitive enough to distinguish the 'good' from the 'better' or 'super-synchronizers,' as we sometimes call them."

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Sept. 2, 2020 ~5 min

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Hearing gives robot perception a big boost

Today's robots primarily get by with vision and touch. Giving them another sense, hearing, improves robot perception, researchers find.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Aug. 26, 2020 ~5 min

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People literally don’t see things the same way

"We assume our perception is a perfect reflection of the physical world around us, but this study shows that each of us has a unique visual fingerprint."

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~5 min

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Synthetic odors created by activating brain cells help neuroscientists understand how smell works

Brains recognize a smell based on which cells fire, in what order – the same way you recognize a song based on its pattern of notes. How much can you change the 'tune' and still know the smell?

Edmund Chong, Ph.D. Student in Neuroscience, New York University • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~8 min

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Gender bias about who’s ‘brilliant’ spans the globe

"...people explicitly say that they associate women with brilliance. Yet implicit measures reveal a different story..."

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~7 min

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Blindsight: a strange neurological condition that could help explain consciousness

Some blind people seem to be able to see without being conscious of it.

Henry Taylor, Birmingham Fellow in Philosophy, University of Birmingham • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~7 min

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Do dogs really see in just black and white?

Your faithful friend's view of the world is different than yours, but maybe not in the way you imagine.

Nancy Dreschel, Associate Teaching Professor of Small Animal Science, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

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