A critical new discovery redefines the primary organizing principle of the visual cortex, and explains much of the illusory perception when we see light and dark stimuli
Long face no longer: A new study confirms that smiling makes you look younger
A YouTube video of a baboon watching a magic trick goes viral… but was it really magical for the monkey?...
First impressions are not final: a new study suggests that people appear more attractive when you pay attention to their faces.
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Emotion never stops in everyday life. A new study reveals that people experience emotions most of the time as they go about their daily activities. The second most common feeling? Love...
Before developing perceptual constancy, three- to four-month-old babies have a striking ability to see image differences that are invisible to adults. They lose this superior skill around the age of five months...
In memory of the artist David Bowie, who died on Sunday, January 10, we feature here an excerpt of the movie Labyrinth, with Bowie performing contact juggling as the Goblin King. ...
The trick may be to focus on leaving your old "inferior self" behind
The white in the middle of this lightsaber can’t be any whiter than the white background that your screen generates: but it nevertheless appears brighter.
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