Experiments with people wearing blindfolds demonstrated that "what we normally perceive of as sight is really as much a function of our brains as our eyes," says one researcher.
New research suggests that the "automaton-like" nature of the typical immersive video game avatar can desensitize players to their own pain and that of others, regardless of the level of violence in the game.
Test subjects were asked to rate paintings before and after receiving a mild amount of current in a portion of their brain. Paintings that depicted realistic scenes earned higher ratings after the zap.
Dutch design school graduate Alejo Bernal created a toy car that can be driven using a commercially-available EEG headset. The amount of concentration required to move it could provide exercise for those with attention deficit disorders.
While professional players are schooled in the art of the stoic visage, new research indicates that their arm movements -- specifically, the smoothness of them -- may give away the quality of their hand.
In 2010, Duke researchers scored infants according to their innate number sense. Three years later, further tests show a correlation between those scores and mathematical aptitude: The higher the score, the better the skill.
A UK study is one of a very few to address this commonly-held belief from a scientific perspective. It also suggests that multitasking should be considered when evaluating worker performance.
Unagi Travel specializes in taking stuffed animals on excursions to various locations and landmarks. The service has proved beneficial for humans who can't travel themselves due to illness or other reasons.
Happify provides a range of tools that use positive psychology techniques to help participants improve on qualities commonly associated with happiness, such as resilience and compassion.
People who seek out -- or, in the case of this Technical University of Munich study, act out -- positions of power tend to gain more resolve to pursue their goals than those who don't.
The current issue of American Psychologist challenges scientists to focus on a largely unexamined area of study.
New research shows that variations in a particular genotype can make a person more likely to participate in "prosocial" acts, such as rescuing someone from drowning.
When rats were given a choice between rice cakes, Oreos, cocaine, and morphine, the rice cakes lost handily. However, brain activity showed that in the battle between cookies and drugs, the cookies won.
A study from Cologne University reveals that unconscious memorization of brand names as they appear on a screen may be disrupted by the act of chewing popcorn.
Brigham Young researchers say their findings prove the value of social media as a possible tool in suicide prevention.