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

Tags: robots featured science-and-technology perception

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

Tags: music brains science-and-technology perception rhythm

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

Tags: robots hearing sensors science-and-technology perception

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

Tags: gender bias stereotypes society-and-culture beliefs perception

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

Tags: brain neuroscience perception consicousness

Blindsight: a strange neurological condition that could help us 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

Tags: brain neuroscience perception consicousness

Nope, you don’t see the world objectively

You can't separate your subjective experience of an object from the way you perceive it, a study finds. That means we don't see objects as they really are.

Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins • futurity
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: vision brains science-and-technology shapes perception

Nope, you don’t see the world objectively

You can't separate your subjective experience of an object from the way you perceive it, a study finds. That means we don't see objects as they really are.

Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins • futurity
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: vision brains science-and-technology shapes perception

How you can avoid ‘Zoom fatigue’

Many of us are using Zoom to stay connected with coworkers, family, and friends during the coronavirus pandemic. But too much an lead to "Zoom fatigue."

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: internet communication jobs fatigue society-and-culture social-lives perception

How you can avoid ‘Zoom fatigue’

Many of us are using Zoom to stay connected with co-workers, family, and friends during the coronavirus pandemic. But too much an lead to "Zoom fatigue."

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: internet communication jobs fatigue society-and-culture social-lives perception

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