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Causation Warps Our Perception of Time

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Research has shown that our perceptual system seems to pull causally-related events together – compared to two events that are thought to happen of their own accord, we perceive the first event as occurring later if we think it is the cause and we perceive the second event as occurring earlier if we think it is the outcome.


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The Forgetting Pill Erases Painful Memories Forever

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For years scientists have been able to change the emotional tone of a memory by administering certain drugs just before asking people to recall the event in detail. New research suggests that they’ll be able to target and erase specific memories altogether. Here’s how.


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"Change deafness" - the scant attention we pay to the voice on the end of the phone

"Change deafness" - the scant attention we pay to the voice on the end of the phone | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Our perception of the world is so restricted by the brain's finite attentional resources that large changes to the visual scene can occur without us noticing. Psychologists have studied this extensively and they call it "change blindness". But what about our limited vigilance to the world of sound? In a new study, Kimberly Fenn and her team have tested whether people notice when, mid phone-conversation, the person they're talking to changes. They found that unless there was a change of gender, most people didn't notice they were talking to someone else - a phenomenon the researchers call "change deafness".


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If We Feel Too Busy, It's Probably Due to Having Too Much Free Time

If We Feel Too Busy, It's Probably Due to Having Too Much Free Time | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

A forthcoming study finds that keeping busy with selfless tasks greatly expands our perception of how much time we have. Christie Nicholson reports


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Facebook Is Making Us Miserable

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When Facebook was founded in 2004, it began with a seemingly innocuous mission: to connect friends.

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