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Illusion of the Week: OK Go’s New Illusion Video

Music videos by the alternative rock band OK Go are nothing if not creative. Their previous video "Here It Goes Again" featuring treadmill dancing was mesmerizing, and their newest video, "The Writing's on the Wall", is even more compelling, especially for those of us interested in matters of perception...

June 19, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde

"Off the Record": Bad for Scientists, Bad for Science

Let me tell you a story about how people invested in scientific discovery sometimes actively impede scientific progress. I'm a science and medical journalist and the editor of the Multiple Sclerosis Discovery Forum, a web site for MS researchers and clinicians...

June 12, 2014 — Robert Finn

Does Nature Need to be Nurtured?

Some say that the differences between boys and girls are just aping nature, but studies of primates tell a more complex story "Boys will be boys" is a popular refrain in schools.

June 12, 2014 — Eric Michael Johnson

Will the Real Introverts Please Stand Up?

Quick Quiz: Which of the following are signs of introversion? Highly sensitive Deep Thinker Reflective Introspective Intelligent Negative emotions Socially Anxious Defensive Vulnerable Always prefers solitude over social interaction Answer: Not a single one...

June 9, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman

U.S. Big Brain Project Takes Next Big Step

The group of neuroscientists  that is advising the Obama administration’s Big Science brain project delivered to the NIH its final report on June 5 with a recommendation that $4.5  billion be spent through the 2025 federal fiscal year to develop a set of advanced technologies that will enhance understanding of how neural circuitry works...

STAFFJune 5, 2014 — Gary Stix

Youngest kids are bigger than their parents think

Recent research published in Current Biology indicates that human parents are subject to a previously unknown "baby illusion" that makes them misperceive their youngest child as smaller than he or she is, regardless of age...

June 2, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde

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