Tag: thinking

  • Learning new words…

    Learning new words…

    Children may learn new words better when they learn them in the context of other words they are just learning – according to research from the University of East Anglia. Eighty two children took part in the study. In two experiments the team taught them some new words for things they couldn’t name – such […]

  • Abstract thoughts…

    Abstract thoughts…

    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have leveraged machine learning to interpret human brain scans, allowing the team to uncover the regions of the brain behind how abstract concepts, like justice, ethics and consciousness, form. In this study, Just and his team scanned the brains of nine participants using a functional MRI. The team sifted through […]

  • Picking up voices…

    Picking up voices…

    Our brains have a remarkable ability to pick out one voice from among many. Now, a team of Columbia University neuroengineers has uncovered the steps that take place in the brain to make this feat possible. The auditory cortex is the brain’s listening hub. The inner ear sends this brain region electrical signals that represent […]

  • Quantum cognition… Quantum cosmos… Classical humans…

    Quantum cognition… Quantum cosmos… Classical humans…

    By examining our minds at a quantum level, we change them, and by changing them, we change the reality that shapes them. At least this is what the theory of quantum cognition says about what thinking is all about. (1) A weird idea. But not less weird than quantum mechanics itself. We constantly think. And […]

  • 1+1 = ?

    1+1 = ?

    Researchers from UNIGE and the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté tested the degree to which our worldly knowledge and perspective interferes with mathematical reasoning by presenting twelve problems to two distinct groups. The first group consisted of adults who had taken a standard university course, while the second was composed of high-level mathematicians. When faced with […]