Tag: Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Signs of intelligent life

Signs of intelligent life

February 17, 2016

Though few adults in the room can resist oohing and aww-ing, little Amelia is not there to be fawned over. She’s there to work. Researchers at the UR’s Baby Lab want to know what she’s thinking, what she’s learned so far in her young life, and how she learned it.

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What ‘drives’ curiosity research?

What ‘drives’ curiosity research?

November 5, 2015

Scientists have been studying curiosity since the 19th century, but combining techniques from several fields now makes it possible for the first time to study it with full scientific rigor, according to the authors of a new paper.

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Can humans hear distance?

Can humans hear distance?

November 4, 2015

A new paper says that our brains can detect and process sound delays that are too short to be noticed consciously. “Much of the world around us is audiovisual,” said Duje Tadin, associate professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester and senior author of the study.

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Our brains can help us hear, not just see, distance, researchers find

Our brains can help us hear, not just see, distance, researchers find

October 30, 2015

[Philip] Jaekl and colleagues at the University of Rochester in New York wanted to find out if our estimates might also be influenced by delays of sound so short we’re not conscious of them.

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Recent ‘Marshmallow Test’ shows impulse control, other traits are not fixed

Recent ‘Marshmallow Test’ shows impulse control, other traits are not fixed

October 13, 2015

A more recent study suggests the impulse to eat the marshmallow is not necessarily innate. In the follow-up experiment at the University of Rochester, the adult who offered children the marshmallow first promised to bring them some art supplies.

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14 Factors that affect the decisions you make

14 Factors that affect the decisions you make

October 2, 2015

But sometimes what looks like weak willpower could be quality decision making. In 2012, University of Rochester researcher Celeste Kidd published a study that challenged that marshmallow experiment.

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Babies make predictions, too

Babies make predictions, too

August 12, 2015

In a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Richard Aslin of the University of Rochester and colleagues report on a new study of 6-month-old babies’ brain activity. (subscription)

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Babies’ expectations may help brain development

Babies’ expectations may help brain development

July 20, 2015

A series of studies with infants 5 to 7 months old has shown that the portion of babies’ brains responsible for visual processing responds not just to the presence of visual stimuli, but also to the mere expectation of visual stimuli.

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WATCH: The optical illusion that makes it so hard to hit a curveball

WATCH: The optical illusion that makes it so hard to hit a curveball

June 24, 2015

This video, which was put together by a group of University of Rochester researchers, demonstrates a phenomenon known as the “curveball illusion,” which basically tricks hitters into thinking a curveball is dropping quicker than it is.

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Watch: The optical illusion that makes it so hard to hit a curveball

Watch: The optical illusion that makes it so hard to hit a curveball

June 23, 2015

In baseball, the curveball is a monumentally difficult pitch to hit. It turns out there’s a very good scientific reason why. In a recent paper, a group of University of Rochester cognitive scientists conducted some tests to propose a new model of how the human brain uses motion to estimate the location of an object — and explain why it can sometimes be tricked.

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