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January 9, 2018

 

A skilled reader’s eyes move four or five times each second.

How We Read

The part of our eyes we use to see fine detail, and to read, is actually very limited: an angle of five degrees at the center of our field of vision.

July 10, 2017

 

What is your favorite bird song?

Bird Song Genes, FoxP2, And Reelin

Scientists studying zebra finch brains have identified about 2000 vocalization genes in a brain region known as Area X.

December 15, 2016

 

Humans are not the only animals that are self-aware.

A Fish That Might Know It Exists

Manta rays didn't react with social behavior when they saw themselves in mirrors.

November 15, 2016

 

Haven’t We Met?

If you suffered from the neurological disorder called "facial agnosia," you might not recognize the faces of close friends and family. How could this happen?

July 15, 2016

 

Say "hi!" to this friendly toadfish!

Fish Brains Have an Alerting System

DId you know your brain has an 'alerting system'? When it detects a change, it can trigger eye and head movements to gather more information.

July 13, 2016

 

Never changing or always changing - what is your brain like?

For My Next Trick…

The same human capacity for making sense out of the jumbled data of experience also makes us easily fooled.

June 15, 2016

 

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Why We Become Enraged

Rage and aggression are hardwired in our brains as a survival instinct.

June 9, 2016

 

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Brains Are the Same

The brains of men and women do not differ based on gender.

June 3, 2016

 

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The Green Door

We don't perceive color in our peripheral vision because we have no cones, which sense light frequencies, on the outer edge of our retina.

May 25, 2016

 

The primary motor cortex and the basal ganglia order the muscles around the mouth into a forced smile. The amygdala and hypothalamus automatically contract muscles into a genuine beam.

Say Cheese

Fake smiles and real smiles are controlled by two different parts of the brain.

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