Does Our Mind's Eye See in 2D or 3D?
We are all used to seeing the 3D world that we live in reduced to 2D, whether in art, photography, or film. But, when we close our eyes, how do we visualise things that we have already seen? A new study has discovered that many adults are resistant to imagining their own vision as if it were a flat image – seeing it in its fully processed, knowledge-laden form instead.
Video Analysis Tool Allows for Early Autism Diagnosis
A research team has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm based on the automated analysis of videos, making it possible to study children’s non-verbal communication in an anonymous and standardised manner. Easy to use, this technology correctly classified 80% of cases from short videos showing a child with or without autism under 5 playing with an adult.
Feline Feelings: Seven Traits of Cat Personality Identified
Researchers at the University of Helsinki have developed a new comprehensive questionnaire for surveying feline personality and behaviour.
Therapeutically Modulating Cerebral Blood Flow
A group of researchers has identified the presence of the fat sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) in the meninges and has described its role in the proper functioning of cerebral blood vessels.
Compound in Fruit and Perfume Could Be Used To Treat Parkinson's Disease
A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine suggests that a compound found naturally in herbs and fruit might show potential as a treatment for Parkinson's disease. The work is published in Science Translational Medicine.
Dog-Owner Relationship Has Similar Mechanisms to Infant-Mother Bond
In dogs, just like in human infants, attachment is associated with reward-related brain responses to the caregiver's speech, according to a new study.
Image Algorithm Predicts Alzheimer's Onset With 99% Accuracy
Researchers have developed a deep learning-based method that can predict the possible onset of Alzheimer’s disease from brain images with an accuracy of over 99 per cent.
Hummingbirds Can Smell Their Way to Safety
In less time than it takes to read this sentence, hummingbirds can catch a whiff of potential trouble. That’s the result of new research showing, contrary to popular belief, the tiny birds do have an active sense of smell.
Full Concussion Recovery Could Take Up to a Month
The largest study of concussion ever conducted in college athletes is redefining the timeline for recovery as a process taking up to 28 days, up from the suggested normal recovery time of up to 14 days.
How Mental Maps Can Help Us Solve Unexpected Problems
How do we make decisions about a situation we have not encountered before? New work shows that we can solve abstract problems in the same way that we can find a novel route between two known locations — by using an internal cognitive map.