perception

Star Trek IRL

Scientists Created a ‘Star Trek’-Style Holodeck for Animals

Beam me up, Nemo!
Jacob Dubé
8.21.17
brains

Neuroscientists Hack Itching, Exposing a Mysterious Neural Circuit

A key to understanding why scratching an itch feels so good.
Michael Byrne
8.17.17
canine cognition

Dogs Know Your Secrets

Researchers demonstrate dogs' ability to understand human perspectives.
Michael Byrne
4.9.17
remember the dress?

This Picture Has No Red Pixels—So Why Do the Strawberries Still Look Red?

Color constancy continues to confound us.
Kaleigh Rogers
2.28.17
studies

Neuroscientists Hack Sense of Touch

By tweaking neural calcium levels, it's possible to crank up and down touch sensations.
Michael Byrne
1.1.17
machines

Computer Scientist Publishes Manifesto for Expressive Algorithmic Music

A new five-year research project aims to understand how humans compute music.
Michael Byrne
10.9.16
Dating

This Is Why You Think Hot People Are Jerks

Looks can't actually kill.
Madison Margolin
9.19.16
videos

Spiders Seem Much Bigger to Arachnophobes

Arachnophobes don't see the same spiders that the rest of us do, research suggests.
Michael Byrne
7.13.16
videos

How the Morphing Cylinders of the 'Illusion of the Year' Work

The brain loves a right angle.
Michael Byrne
7.2.16
Sleep

Neuroscientists Hunt the Line Where Consciousness Begins—and Ends

Brain scan-based experiments mapping metabolism in the brain offer a new level of resolution.
Michael Byrne
5.26.16
Features

The Aspirational Science of Predictive Dreaming

Some scientists say psychic dreams are real. Explaining how they happen is another issue altogether.
Geraldine Cremin
1.27.16
All in Your Head

We Talked to a Roller Coaster Developer About Engineering Fear

He's the guy who thinks of new ways to make us scream.
Matthew Braga
10.30.15
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