They help us to communicate information more clearly, and they can make that information more memorable to our listeners.
Do you remember who won the world series in 1968, but forget where you left your keys? Are you great at remembering all the details of a story, but lousy when it comes to remembering people’s names? What our brains choose to remember, and exactly how they do it, has been the subject of scientific inquiry for quite some time. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
To most, metaphors are easily understood, but to people with damage to the angular gyrus region of their brains, metaphors are confusing. That is, they have trouble interpreting the figurative meaning of metaphors. All they can figure is the literal meaning of what they hear and read. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Studying the way parrots vocalize can help scientists better understand the way humans vocalize. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Learn what humans will do for revenge, on this Moment of Science.
What are afterglows and how do they appear? Find out on this Moment of Science.
What occurs in the brain during different types of amnesia? Find out on this Moment of Science.
When you experience something new, do you know what happens to your brain? Find out on this Moment of Science.
Find out why giving birth hurts on this Moment of Science.
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