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Babies Can See More Than Just Black and White
Tiny babies can see colors, but only strong ones.
Rich People Literally See the World Differently
Money shapes perception, down to the millisecond.
Multitasking Makes Drivers Feel Confident, Is Killing a Historic Number of Them
The first six months of 2016 have seen 17,775 vehicular deaths. Blame addictive apps and human cognition.
How to Make Sure You Don’t Screw Up Your Ballot
You should have a plan before you set out for your polling place, because it’s surprisingly easy to make mistakes.
Baseball Players See the Ball As Way Bigger Than You Do
Because, the research says, nobody perceives the same reality — or fastball.
What Dreams Are Like When You’re Blind
Have you ever smelled something in a dream? What about taste?
‘Motion Blindness’ Happens When Your Brain Can’t Understand Your Eyes
A new study says it’s related to face blindness.
How Yoga Turns You Superhuman or Just Less Freaked Out About Life
It trains the body, mind, and everything in between.
What Happens in the Brains of Blind People Who Do Math
The brain is wonderfully plastic.
How to Explain Color to Someone Who Can’t See
“They told me that that sensation I felt while swimming, that omnipresent coolness, that’s blue.”
The Weird Connection Between Smiling and Racism
Yes, your brain can make quick, sloppy, discriminatory judgments. But there are ways to nudge it back on track.
The Surprising Way People Judge Other People’s Parenting
This is an important example of how human judgement is biased.
Why Humanely Raised Meat Tastes Better
Not the reason you think!
How Researchers Discovered the Basketball ‘Hot Hand’
An accidental math discovery overturned the “truth” about the hot hand.
How to Fool People Into Thinking They Are Witnessing Magic
The profound power of priming.
Think You’re Color-Blind? Take This Quiz
It’s way more common for guys than ladies.
The Psychological Appeal of Those Viral Optical Illusions
Can you spot the panda? The cigar? The phone?
Playing Action Video Games Might Make You a Better Driver
First-person shooters: They’re good for you!
Overweight People Judge Distances to Be Further Than They Really Are
Because what you see is how you can act.
Losing Your Keys Is a Painful Reminder of How Memory Really Works
Also: “Well, where did you last see them?” is the dumbest question.
Your Brain Remembers Strangers by Their Smell
New research argues that in some cases, body odor may be enough to pick someone out of a lineup.
The Weird Way You Can Hear Your Food’s Flavor
Sound affects how we experience what we eat.
The ‘Outfielder Problem’ Shows How Your Brain Is Not a Computer
The brain’s been called a wax block, a blank slate, a mill, a hydraulic system, a switchboard, and a computer. But what is it, really?
If You’re Way Too Sweaty, Blame Your Early Childhood
Plus: Sweat glands’ secret, under-the-radar purpose.
To Get Happier, Focus on What Makes You Miserable
A counterintuitive rejoinder to America’s get-happy-now craze.
Are You Any Good at Recognizing Familiar Faces? Here, Test Yourself
Also: What it means to be uncommonly skilled at face perception.
These Are the People Most Likely to Get the Chills From Sad Music
It’s called “frisson,” or “skin orgasms.”
How Gender Dysphoria Affected Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! As a Performer
“The idea of having to fill that role was crushing to me, and it got to the point where being onstage I didn’t know who I was.”
Many Nervous Fliers Are Afraid of Being Afraid
A lot of things are way scarier in your head than they are in real life.
One Day, You May Be Able to Tell If Your Medicine Is Working Just by Tasting It
An unexpected use for one of the five senses.
What It’s Like to Be Unable to Bear the Sound of Someone Eating
“Any time I hear someone chewing with their mouth open, I lose my mind.”
A New Study Helps Explain Why Some People Can See So Many Colors
“Think of someone who has superior muscles but never learned to run. You can have the potential but it’s only realized if you use it.”
Sexist Packaging Makes Food Taste Better
A “Mega Muffin” and a “Health Muffin” require different kinds of advertising.
Why Screaming Gets Our Attention
We all know there’s something compelling about shrill shrieks and blood-curdling wails, but a new study casts some light on what that something is.
What the Justice System Gets Wrong About Eyewitness Testimony
“At the police station, she had looked upon the true perpetrator and picked out an innocent man.”
Kids With Autism Describe Their Sensory Experiences
“And I heard the buzzer and I started to have panic, like, ‘Ahh!’”
Gets (Kinda) Right About Blindness and Heightened Senses
Pulling some truth from the
Science Finally Starts to Explain ‘Whisper Porn’
If you can’t stop watching videos of people folding towels or brushing their hair, this might be why.
What It’s Like to Be an Expert Lucid Dreamer
“The last time I saw a godlike figure in a dream I told him to get out of my way.”
The ‘100 Million Colors’ Lady Has an Opinion on That Dress
She says you are all right.
What It’s Like to See 100 Million Colors
“I can tell if someone is sick just by looking at them. Their skin gets gray, it gets yellow, and there’s some green.”
Two Easy Ways to Feel Like You Have More Time
How to Get People to Stop Ignoring Traffic Signs
Gotta make ‘em more “dynamic.”
Why Art Is More Potent When It’s in a Museum
All sorts of hidden cues affect our perceptions.
How Blind People Use Echolocation to Get Around
Humans are pretty resourceful.
Science Explains Why You Can’t Tell Johnny Depp From His Stunt Double
It’s part of a larger survival mechanism.
Could You Describe ‘Red’ to a Blind Person?
Putting colors into words is tough.
People Have Such Dumb Opinions About the Olsens, Olsens Say
It’s pretty confusing, what they do, but they’re gonna try to explain it.