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Trouble coping with the unfamiliar as you age? Blame your white matter

Trouble coping with the unfamiliar as you age? Blame your white matter | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A brain-mapping study has found that people's ability to make decisions in novel situations decreases with age and is associated with a reduction in the integrity of two specific white-matter pathways.
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The Eyes and Ears of Status: How Status Colors Perceptual Judgment

People with high status perceive the applause after their performance as louder

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Groundhog Day Syndrome: Why Time Goes Faster as We Age

Groundhog Day Syndrome: Why Time Goes Faster as We Age | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Does time fly by too quickly? Why?

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The Hidden Face Within

The Hidden Face Within | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

One of these two images contains a hidden picture of a face. Which one? This was the question faced by participants in a remarkable psychology experiment just published, Measuring Internal Representations from Behavioral and Brain Data.

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The SNARC Effect: Why Left Is Less and Right Is More (Sometimes)

The SNARC Effect: Why Left Is Less and Right Is More (Sometimes) | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

A cross-cultural look at our spatial understanding of numbers

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At what age do babies enter the uncanny valley?

At what age do babies enter the uncanny valley? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

In the 1970s, the roboticist Masahiro Mori noticed a curious phenomenon. As robots became more human-like, their appeal increased but only up to a point. When their human likeness became too realistic (but still not perfect), their appeal plunged.

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Brain Likely Encodes the World in Two Dimensions

Brain Likely Encodes the World in Two Dimensions | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

When we drive somewhere new, we navigate by referring to a two-dimensional map that accounts for distances only on a horizontal plane. According to research published online in August in Nature Neuroscience, the mammalian brain seems to do the same, collapsing the world into a flat plane even as the animal skitters up trees and slips deep into burrows.

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How listening to an iPod shrinks your sense of personal space

How listening to an iPod shrinks your sense of personal space | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Positive music played over headphones (but not speakers) had the effect of shrinking the participants' sense of personal space

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