Category: Social Science

Humans Recognise Emotions From Vocalisation Faster Than From Spoken Words

Human sounds are shown to convey emotions better than words in a new study. We are able to recognise emotions faster from vocalisations than from verbal sounds. The findings are published in the journal Biological Psychology. A team of researchers from McGill University puts into perspective our responses to sounds and words conveyed by our fellow

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Highest Prime Number To Be Seen (22-Million-Digit) Discovered

The highest prime number to be seen by humans has been discovered by researchers using a computer in Missouri. What’s in a number, you might ask. They are never-ending, much of a headache, and absolutely undesirable to deal with when combined in algebra and other complicated mathematics chapters at school, unless you’re a mathematics nerd!

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Brain’s Memory Capacity is 10 Times Greater Than Previous Estimations

Did you ever wish for the ability to insert a memory card in your brain?! Well, know that it would be unnecessary because the memory capacity of your brain is comparable to the amount stored on the Internet. The findings are published in eLIFE. Our brain’s capacity to save information might be 10 times greater than

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Do Humans Have Free Will? Study Provides New Insight

A new study focusing on human free will has brought forth results suggesting that the freedom is much less restricted than what has been argued by scientists in the past. The paper is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Does the human species have free will? Philosophers have attempted to find

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World’s First Olfactory Alarm Clock Wakes You With The Smell of Hot Croissants!

Imagine having alarm clocks that stimulate our sense of smell instead of that of hearing – wouldn’t it be wonderful to be awakened by the lovely smell of delicious food like freshly-baked croissants and coffee?! A new technology by Sensorwake caters for just this: an olfactory alarm clock. “Beeping days are over!” Sensorwake, a start-up based

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Science Proves: Dogs Can Recognise Human Emotions

A new study suggests that dogs have the intrinsic ability to recognise human feelings on top of emotional cues from other dogs. It appears that their exposure to humans, and coexistence, for thousands of years has caused them to evolve this characteristic, maybe as a way to fit in better. Is it any surprise that dogs

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Bearing More Children Slows Ageing, Says New Study


Good news for women with many children! A new study published this year (January 5) on PLOS ONE suggests that the greater number of children a woman bears, the slower does she age. Apparently, the reason is that those who give birth to more surviving babies have longer telomeres. Want to slow ageing? Have longer telomeres

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Expressing Emotions Influences Brain’s Creativity Network

Artists actively expressing their emotions are linked with modifications in neural circuits associated with creativity in a new study focusing on jazz pianists. The paper is published in Scientific Reports. While previous research has linked creativity with neural circuits, suggesting that certain networks in the brain have to be deactivated or activated to explain creativity,

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Empathy Can Be Learned Through Positive Experiences Among People

Empathy can be learned, says a recent study that brings renewed hope in a world where feeling for others is getting more and more rare. The paper, entitled ‘How Learning Shapes The Empathic Brain’, is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the US. Societies dominated by apathy (specially towards people

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You Can Buy Happiness, Says New Study!

“Happiness cannot be bought” might be an erroneous concept after all. A new study shows that it can be literally true. Published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, the paper presents the idea of obtaining happiness from material things. Good news for the shopaholics. Material purchases bring more frequent happiness over time. On

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Negative Body Image Keeps One Away From Healthy Behaviours

More and more researchers are suggesting that a negative body image might be more detrimental to one’s health than one’s actual weight while a positive mindset will contribute to engaging in healthy behaviours more. Nearly a decade ago, body dissatisfaction was found to be a budding problem among the youth, specially teenagers. Now, years later, researchers have

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