What makes your brain go all-in on what it thinks you’re seeing?
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How does your brain deal with the ambiguous and variable visual information your eyes collect? Neuroscientists think it bets on what's the most likely version of reality.
Technology is catching up with dogs – and has additional advantages.
New research is narrowing the gap, creating technology with the detecting capabilities of canines but without the downsides of relying on a biological system.
Nearly everyone can't tickle themselves and it's all to do with how our brains see and perceive movement.
Humidity levels can mean life or death for insects.
Detecting drier or wetter conditions is crucial for insect survival. We've long known they can do this – now researchers have discovered the genetic and neural basis for their humidity-sensing system.
Why does some kind of light touch make us want to scratch?
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Scientists have long struggled to explain what actually causes the sensation of itching – now we know what to blame.
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The world outside the womb is full of new sensations for a newborn. New research is explaining how they navigate it.
Smells good – but how does it work?
New research couldn't find evidence for a controversial theory of how our sense of smell works.
Our brain puts us on the map.
If you have taken a walk and would like to return home you need to have an idea of where you are in relation to your destination. To do this, you need to know which way you are facing and also in which…
A species of catfish locates its prey by sensing tiny changes in seawater pH. John Caprio from Louisiana State University…
“Give me some skin! No, really.”
Once a topic explored exclusively in science fiction, the notion of restoring sensory feelings to humans and to machines is now approaching reality. Scientists around the world are developing artificial…
Gentle physical contact activates a special type of nerve cell linked to emotion.
A soft and tender caress between two people can trigger a flood of emotions, and now we may have some idea why. Research [published in Neuron](http://www.cell.com/neuron/abstract/S0896-6273(14%2900387-0…
Body shapes can now be ‘seen’ by congenitally blind people, thanks to special software.
Congenitally blind people have been taught to perceive body shape and posture through “soundscapes” that translate images…
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Familiar everyday odours such as coffee and red wine are produced by a blend of different substances. Given that we know aroma is nothing but a mix of volatile chemicals, can we understand them enough…
Abracadabra: words can make the invisible visible.
Words that make objects appear from thin air are generally the stuff of the magical worlds of Harry Potter or The Hobbit…
Haptic devices - objects that stimulate the sense of touch - should be used as early as possible by people with visual prosthetics…
Baby sharks stop moving in their eggs to hide from predators, researchers from the University of Western Australia have found…
Copper ions in our body may be the source of our sensitivity to sulphurous odours including skunks, bacteria and armpits…
New research into how the brain processes conflicting sensory signals has found that neurons have a way of applying the correct…