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Word order predicts a native speakers’ working memory

The research team traveled the world to run memory tests in eight different human cultures speaking different languages. Credit: MPI f. Evolutionary Anthropology Memory plays a crucial role in our lives, and several studies have already investigated how we store and retrieve information under different conditions. Typically, stimuli presented at the beginning and at the…

Learning new vocabulary during deep sleep

Left panel: In the sleep laboratory, the electrical activity of the brain is recorded using electroencephalography (EEG). Right panel: During deep sleep, slow oscillatory high-amplitude waves emerge in the EEG. These waves are generated by the brain cells' rhythmic alternation between highly active phases (red: "up-states") and passive phases (blue: "down-states"). Credit: Simon Ruch/Marc Züst,…

Hearing and deaf infants process information differently

A new study by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that deaf infants took longer to process new visual objects, suggesting that developmental differences begin very early in life and extend beyond language and hearing. Credit: Courtesy of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Differences in cognitive development between hearing…

The limonene myth (video)

Limonene, a compound found in citrus fruits, has two enantiomers: mirror-image molecules that cannot be superimposed, like a left and right hand. There is...

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