Image: A mussel shell engraved by Homo erectus between 540,000 and 430,000 years ago Credit: Wim Lustenhouwer, VU University Amsterdam Source: Kate Wong’s World’s Oldest Engraving Upends Theory of Homo sapiens Uniqueness on Observations These scratches may not look like much but they predate the existence of our species, Homo sapiens, and upend any claim [...]
…and what can word-learning in dogs teach us about the evolution of language in humans? What is involved in the learning of a single new word?
When I was eight years old I couldn't speak English. I'd been born in another country and came to the U.S. because my father's postdoctoral medical research brought us here.
The apes can draft a plan and communicate it with their troop
In early January, Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti noticed that our video “What Happens to Your Body after You Die?” had 466,000 views on YouTube.
Ever wonder what the wave function is? Or what the differences are between genes, chromosomes and DNA? Or why chimps are stronger than humans?
Sharing a secret can forge a relationship and solidify a bond with a friend. Keeping a secret, however, can eat away at our health and happiness. As it turns out, hiding a painful truth also changes the way we communicate with others.
There are deep, surprising connections between words and the brain’s sense of motion through space
Learn a new language more quickly by focusing on pronunciation first
Greetings from Boston where the 21st annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society is underway. Saturday and Sunday were packed with symposia, lectures and more than 400 posters.
What is the earliest thing you remember? How old were you? What was happening? Have you ever wondered about all the things from before that moment that you can't remember?
I have been called a little owl, a swan and even a "panda-fish." No, I'm not a supernatural, shape-shifting creature or a character in a children's storybook.
Scientists use language and logic to translate monkey sounds into English and develop linguistic rules for primate dialects.
Do you enjoy reading books? Reading is one of the unique activities that only humans do, and we have not been doing it for that long! People have been practicing spoken communication using a language system with grammatical rules for at least 100,000 years.
This blog is the first in a series of guest posts on technology and the brain to celebrate Scientific American Mind’s 10-year anniversary.