Jan 7, 2017

Human brain's face recognition develops into adulthood: studies

The part of the human brain involved in face recognition keeps developing into adulthood, a pair of new studies found, surprising scientists who thought brain tissue growth stopped in early childhood. Researchers led by Kalanit Grill-Spector, a psychology professor at Stanford University, examined the ...

Why some artists no longer want to be famous

Jan 5, 2017

Why some artists no longer want to be famous

“I love being famous,” the black U.S. comedian Chris Rock once quipped. “It’s almost like being white.” But a growing number of artists would rather have success without the encumbrance of fame. From the street artist Banksy to the Italian literary phenomenon Elena Ferrante, ...

Scientists sniff out answer to 'asparagus pee' mystery

Dec 15, 2016

Scientists sniff out answer to 'asparagus pee' mystery

Scientists have sniffed out the reason why some people think their pee has a pungent, disagreeable smell after eating asparagus while others do not — it is due to their genes. French novelist Marcel Proust once fancifully described the smell as “transforming my humble ...

Psychedelic compound boosts cancer patients' mindset

Dec 2, 2016

Psychedelic compound boosts cancer patients' mindset

Cancer patients often experience mental anguish and stress, but a single dose of a hallucinogen found in psychedelic mushrooms, along with psychological counseling, improved their mindset, two studies said Thursday. The approach “significantly lessens mental anguish in distressed cancer patients for months at a ...

Dec 1, 2016

Miracle alcoholism 'cure' may not work: Dutch study

A drug touted as a miracle cure for alcoholism and prescribed for this purpose in France, may work no better than counseling, Dutch researchers said Wednesday. Without proof of its efficacy, prescribing high doses of the drug known as baclofen may be irresponsible, they ...