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Music And Dance Has Positive Effect On Older Adults With Dementia

A pilot study at University of Otago has demonstrated the powerful influence music and dance can have on older adults with dementia, who are stereotypically viewed as passive and immobile. Researchers used familiar, reminiscent music and the natural gestures of a group of 22 participants to create an original series of dance exercises. Lead author […]

How Can You Tell If Another Person, Animal Or Thing Is Conscious?

How can you know that any animal, other human beings, or anything that seems conscious, isn’t just faking it? Does it enjoy an internal subjective experience, complete with sensations and emotions like hunger, joy, or sadness? After all, the only consciousness you can know with certainty is your own. Everything else is inference. The nature […]

Alpha Waves Inhibit Obvious Ideas To Enable Creative Thinking

Brainwaves play a crucial role in inhibiting habitual thinking modes to pave the way to access more remote ideas, a new study shows. The researchers found that these brainwaves, or alpha oscillations in the right temporal area of the brain, increase when individuals need to suppress misleading associations in creative tasks. These obvious associations are […]

Exceptional Talent And The Trouble With IQ Tests

In the opening episode of a recent TV quiz show, one of the contestants confidently claims to be a genius. “I’m good at mental maths,” says 12-year-old Rahul, who also cites his general knowledge and ability “to memorise stuff”. Other participants on Channel 4’s ‘Child Genius’ demonstrate similar strengths, but do these skills really make […]