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Music to Monkeys' Ears? Try Metallica, or the Metro

Music is known to induce terror and tears, as well as inspire dance. Even basic human speech itself is laced with emotional direction: a musical pattern of long drawn out sounds versus short brief ones can be the difference between calming and exciting a child...

September 2, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

Check please: Can the din of a restaurant help Parkinson's patients with speech troubles?

Parkinson's disease sufferers typically face a long, difficult battle against the disorder's degenerative effects on their motor skills and speech. While many scientists are studying the potential for drugs, surgery and exercise to slow the disease's impact on the central nervous system—including tremors, stiff muscles and impaired movement—one team of researchers is experimenting with technology designed to help Parkinson's sufferers fend off voice and speech problems...

August 26, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Very old and very young are quicker than many assume

Humans have long enjoyed crowing about their intellectual superiority in the animal kingdom. But just as some studies—of tool-wielding birds and language-discerning rodents—have begun to chip away at our cognitive place in the sun, others have set their sights on two human groups whose intelligence might have been underestimated—the very young and the very old...

August 21, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Do people really walk in circles?

Yes, people really do walk in circles—but only when stripped of important visual clues, such as the sun or moon, according to a paper published online today in Current Biology .

August 20, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Imaginary worlds are early sign of highly creative kids

TORONTO—All kids like to use their imagination, and many play fantasy games where they pretend to be characters in a made-up world. Some children persist in building especially elaborate imaginary worlds, with impressive depth in terms of histories, taxonomies, language and maps...

August 7, 2009 — Karen Schrock

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