A team of scientists headed by Holly Root-Gutteridge at the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex decided to see just how good the spontaneous word recognition ability of dogs really is. First, they selected a set of words that all started with an "h" and ended with a "d" but varied only in terms of the vowel sound. Thus the set of words included things like "had", "head", "hid" and "hood". They specifically chose these words because they have no relation to typical commands that the dog might have learned to react to. The words were recorded from 13 male and 14 female speakers, none of whom were familiar to any of the dogs that would be tested. The speakers were not only of different sexes but also of different ages and had different accents. … [Read more...] about How Good Are Dogs at Recognizing Human Word Sounds?
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In truth, your body might have been asleep during that interim, except your mind refuses to believe the fact because it’s that crummy, introductory stage 1 version of sleep. Repeat over and over during the course of a night until worry about whether you’ll ever get to sleep inevitably enters the picture, which operates like a drug itself. In fact, researchers have recently likened worry to having a similar stimulating effect in the wakeful mind as cocaine. … [Read more...] about Celebrity Overdoses and Sleep