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Life is full of processes to be learned and then relearned as they become more elaborate. One day you log into an app with just a password, then the next day you also need a code texted to you. One day, you might just microwave your favorite lunch in the oven for six straight minutes, … Read more

Research on facial emotion expression recognition could change our understanding of autism Psychology and Psychiatry News

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There is a common perception that people with autism cannot recognize the emotions of others and have little idea how effectively they do so. But autistic adults are only slightly less accurate at reading people’s facial emotions compared to their non-autistic peers, new research from Australia has found. Recent research published in two articles in … Read more

A new study has identified an important molecular analogy that could explain the remarkable intelligence of these invertebrates – Psychology and Psychiatry News

The octopus is an exceptional organism with an extremely complex brain and unique cognitive abilities among invertebrates. So much so that in some ways it has more in common with vertebrates than with invertebrates. The neural and cognitive complexity of these animals could come from a molecular analogy with the human brain, as discovered in … Read more

Who wants to be a billionaire? Most don’t – which is good news for the planet Psychology and Psychiatry News

According to the authors of a new study, a founding economic principle that everyone is driven by “unlimited desires,” stuck on a consumerist treadmill and striving to accumulate as much wealth as possible, is wrong. The long-held economic belief that people have unlimited desires has permeated economic thought and government policy and shaped much of … Read more

What the eyes could reveal – Psychology and Psychiatry News

It’s often said that “the eyes say it all,” but regardless of their outward expression, the eyes may also be able to signal neurodevelopmental disorders such as ASD and ADHD, according to new research from Flinders University and the University of South Australia. In the first study of its kind, researchers found that retinal recordings … Read more

How to reduce gender bias with word choice – Psychology and Psychiatry News

In the workplace, even subtle differences in language choice can influence gender perception, for better or for worse. These choices fall into two main categories: minimizing the role of gender by using gender-neutral terms or emphasizing an individual’s gender through ‘gender marking’. In a newspaper comment Trends in cognitive sciencebehavioral scientist Stav Atir says that … Read more

Researchers find that people overestimate the presence of minorities around them, hampering efforts to build a more equitable and inclusive society – Psychology and Psychiatry News

Attempts to build a more equitable and inclusive society have taken a step forward with the discovery of an “illusion of diversity” by a team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI). Their results clearly show that in a social context, most people greatly overestimate the presence of a minority – and this … Read more

New study shows odor annoyance is processed faster than perceived quality – Psychology and Psychiatry News

A specially created scent delivery device, along with machine learning-based analysis of the electroencephalogram recorded on the scalp, allowed University of Tokyo researchers to see when and where scents are processed in the brain. The study found that odor information in the brain was unrelated to perception during the early stages of processing, but when … Read more