Words Are Needed to Think About Numbers
In order to represent an exact quantity higher than four, people need to have words for those numbers. Among many of the Tsimane’ people, who live in a remote region of the Bolivian rainforest, numbers do not play an important role in their lives, and people living in this society vary widely in how high they can count. A new study from MIT and the University of California at Berkeley has found a relationship between the counting ability of Tsimane’ individuals and their success at matching tasks that involve numbers up to about 25. The researchers found that most subjects could accurately perform tasks that require matching numbers of objects, but only up to the highest number that they could count to.
Study Suggests a Link Between Personality Traits and the Ability to Experience ASMR
New research from Northumbria University suggests a link between personality traits and the ability to experience the relaxing sensory phenomenon known as ASMR. The findings also show that it reduces anxiety in those who experience the sensation.
How Our Knowledge of the World Embedded in Brain Connectivity Shapes Our Creativity
Growth Charts for the Brain Help to Explain Mental Illness
Researchers have developed a set of growth charts for the brain. These 'brain charts' provide reference models for brain development and ageing across the entire human lifespan, based on a very large data set. These models can be used to make personalized predictions for each individual relevant to many brain conditions, and therefore have a high clinical potential. The software tools and models are available online.