Can Dogs Detect Ghosts, Spirits, or Hallucinations?

One of the oldest and most persistent paranormal beliefs is that dogs have the ability to see spirits, ghosts of the dead, or even the Angel of Death (click here for more about that). All of this is attributed to some kind of "sixth sense" that dogs are supposed to have. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/201708/can-dogs-detect-ghosts-spirits-or-hallucinations

Others’ Emotional Reactions Can Influence Our Sense of Smell

Other people’s emotional reactions appear to influence how positive or negative we perceive an odor, according to a new study conducted by neuropsychologists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany. Read more: https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/08/27/how-others-emotional-reactions-can-influence-our-sense-of-smell/125172.html

Milwaukee Native Michael Torke Connects Music With Color

Milwaukee native Michael Torke has "seen" the key of D as blue since he was 5 years old. Torke, born in 1961 in Milwaukee and graduate of Wauwatosa East High School, went on to study music at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music in New York and Yale University. Read more: https://www.wpr.org/milwaukee-native%C2%A0michael-torke%C2%A0connects-music-color

Distractions diminish people’s ability to remember, but important facts still stick

But how much do all of those distractions diminish our ability to remember? A new study led by Castel and Catherine Middlebrooks, a UCLA graduate student, found that while divided attention does impair memory, people can still selectively focus on what is most important -- even while they're mul Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170824094045.htm

How the emotions of others influence our olfactory sense

The research team around Dr Patrick Schulze, Dr Anne-Kathrin Bestgen and Prof Dr Boris Suchan investigated via functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) how the brain processes the combination of emotional information and odours. Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170824101807.htm

A song’s structure can be linked to its popularity

"The most popular songs tend to include relatively rare chords, that is, they typically have high harmonic surprise," says Norberto Grzywacz, a Professor of Neuroscience and Physics, who conducted this research at Georgetown University, Washington, USA. Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170823094104.htm

The brains of newborns distinguish between caresses

The study, which is part of her thesis, encompasses 16 infants with an average age of eight weeks. For 30 to 40 minutes, they were subjected to tactile stimulation of the skin on their arms with soft brush strokes at different velocities. Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170822103210.htm

Voice-Hearers Without Mental Illness are Better at Detecting Speech Patterns in Noise

The brains of healthy people who hear voices may have an enhanced ability to detect meaningful speech patterns in ambiguous sounds, according to new research led by Durham University and University College London (UCL). Read more: https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/08/22/voice-hearers-without-mental-illness-are-better-at-detecting-speech-patterns-in-noise/124969.html