They help us to communicate information more clearly, and they can make that information more memorable to our listeners.
“Squares” was the somewhat rude but good-natured term used for people who have consistent, if perhaps a little bland, emotional lives. A long-term study conducted from 1942 to the present suggests that squares have the last laugh. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
In treating patients with phobias, therapists address the emotion of fear and try to alter that emotion so the patient is no longer afraid. However, patients with what doctors call blood-injection-injury phobia experience more difficulty with treatment. It includes people who fear needles, blood, and surgery.
However, many scientists and psychologists are skeptical of the supposed benefits of putting infants through an intensive sign language program.
Did you ever wonder what occurs inside your body when something funny happens? What is this thing we have in our brains that makes us say “ha-ha” when someone slips on a banana? One way to find out is to watch the brain laugh. That’s what Dartmouth neuroscientist William Kelley did. He and his team [...]