With sleepless nights and puzzling crying spells, caring for a newborn may seem like a mind numbing endeavor. But the mental abilities needed to keep a helpless, fussy infant alive may actually be the source of our smarts.
Okay, a lot of people hate the word “moist”. It just sounds gross, but why does it repulse us? A new study published in the journal PLOS One may have some insight into why certain words make us cringe.
Looking at the demographic results, it’s a Millenial thing? Younger people and specifically younger females were the ones who don’t like the word “moist”…
On the left side of your brain there’s a special region called Broca’s Area, also known as the speech center of the brain. Now a group of neuroscientists have discovered something strange about it. Even though this brain region supposedly controls speech, it shuts down when you are speaking.
A paper out today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences tells an interesting story about this widely-studied part of the brain. New York University neuroscience researcher Adeen Flinker and his colleagues wanted to find out more about the region, so they used a special device to record people’s brain activity directly from their cerebral cortex while they were speaking. What they found was very surprising. They expected to see Broca’s Area crackling with electrical activity from neurons while the test subjects talked. But instead, the region seemed to shut down.
I had something intelligent to say…
Social media peeps – ever wonder where your beloved hashtag came from? As a bonus, you’ll find out why the abbreviation for pounds is “lb”.
For those who haven’t had to scan text programmatically to isolate keywords – a means to identify keywords is greatly appreciated. And when you start, you learn that you desperately want to use something that doesn’t naturally occur in language or you get false positives. The tilde (~) was my goto…
…when we say orange in English, we can either mean the fruit or the color. What laziness led to the use of the exact same word for the fruit and its color? Why don’t we call carrots or pumpkins oranges instead? Or why don’t we call the color pumpkin or carrot? Which came first anyway: the orange, or orange?
Color words are actually remarkably hard to track back beyond a point. They aren’t mentioned as often in poetry as we would expect, and at least a few people have posited that prior to the Middle Ages people were color-blind because there aren’t as many color words used in texts from before the Middle Ages.
…but does anything rhyme with orange?