sensory cognition

Imagine that you are driving to work along an icy road when a deer suddenly jumps into your path. Depending on the distance, you may have time to apply the brakes, or you may consider swerving to avoid a collision. Your intuitive ability to reason about the physics of objects in your environment, for instance… Read more

The large range of emotional and practical impacts caused by a loss of smell is elucidated in a new study from the University of East Anglia. It finds that almost every aspect of life is disrupted – from everyday concerns about personal hygiene to a loss of sexual intimacy and the break-down of personal relationships… Read more

When listening to a song or watching a dance, humans tend to follow the rhythm of the music. This is because one fundamental aspect of music is its rhythm, the way we synchronize with the temporal regularities of a melody or a dance. A recent study from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona explores how our brain… Read more

When we pass through an art gallery, what determines our idea of beauty? A University of Sydney study of how people rate the aesthetics of each artwork shows part of our art is due to the painting you saw a few moments before. The research, led by Ph.D. student Ms. Sujin Kim in the School… Read more

A new Dartmouth University study finds that sounds, shapes, speech and body movements convey emotional arousal the same way across the senses. The findings reveal why almost anything can have an emotional tone, including art, architecture and music. For example, horror movie titles often have a spiky look while romance novel titles often have a… Read more