Are Our Brains Pre-Wired to See Language? A New Study Suggests, Yes, It Is.

New research has found that humans are born with a part of the brain that is wired already to see words and letters, setting the ground work for reading.

Looking at brain scans from newborns, scientists found that the part of the brain, the visual word form area” or VWFA is connected to the language part of the brain. Researchers say this makes it fertile ground to develop a sense of visual words. Even before exposure to language.

The VWFA is specializes in this way for reading only as individuals that are becoming literate. Some scientists thought that the VWFA only became receptive to language when exposed to it. Like the parts of the brain that sees faces, scenes or other objects as babies learn about them.

Researchers found this wasn’t true though that the VWFA comes out formed to be receptive to language.

Researchers found the VWFA was different because of its functional connection to the language part of the brain and comes preprogrammed unlike the way the visual cortex develops facial recognition.

Scientists Discover Milky Way “halo” Much Hotter Than Previously Thought

The halo that surrounds the Milky Way is much hotter than scientists once thought. They think this may be a ubiquitous characteristic of galaxies after examining the data.
The collection of dust, gas and dark matter, looking a bit like a fog to the naked eye, that surrounds some galaxies, is know as a “halo.” And the Milky Way’s Halo is at least ten times hotter than once thought.

While previous research revealed that extreme temperatures (up to 18 million degrees Fahrenheit) could be found not just in certain parts of the halo, but that this may be the average temperature of the entire halo.

Researchers said that this piece of information could help scientists understand how the Milk Way galaxy and others like were created and how they grow.

The new data the analyzed came from an X-ray observatory telescope. This one one run by the European Space Agency. It is called the XMM-Newton. The telescope collects data in X-rays that normally would be blocked out by the Earth’s atmosphere.

The new data about the halo, which scientists consider the “link” between a galaxy and the wider universe, could help scientists understand how such a galaxy changes and interacts with the space around it over time.

Researchers Study the Hidden Danger of Confidence

A new study suggests that feeling prepared or confident, for example for a big meeting or a job interview, that this confidence and preparedness may trickle into other parts of your life where you are not nearly so prepared, thereby creating false confidence.

The Ohio State University and other researchers conducted three studies to examine this phenomenon. Researchers found that feeling prepared in one area of life made people more confident in their beliefs about things that were completely different—whether those thoughts were positive or negative.

The findings are unsettling. Knowing that any given person’s confidence in one regard to make them overly confident when thinking about other issues.

One example researchers gave of how these findings could have real life impacts, if a person had been preparing for a big presentation at work. As they come to perfect their presentation it is coming time to vote on a political candidate. The person preparing for the presentation may have been unsure about their support for a candidate, but the leak over from their presentation conference may assure them of their choice and they will stop researching that candidate.

 

How Our Gaze Affects Our Choices

Researchers utilizing eye-following technology have discovered that what we see helps control our choices when given two decisions, for example, two snack choices.
Yet, it isn’t as simple as saying we essentially pick what we first focus on and nothing more, the study found. Rather, our gaze enhances our longing for options we typically like.
Let’s assume you’re seeing two sweet treats in a candy machine. You like the two, however you’re inclined toward the one with peanuts marginally more than the one with just chocolate. You’ll typically pick the one with peanuts, yet not always.

Another intriguing finding was that individuals would in general settle on their choices all the more immediately when they preferred both of their two decisions.

The scientists utilized information from six eye-following investigations including a sum of 228 individuals, some from their lab and some from different analysts.

These outcomes recommend that item advertising will have the greatest impact on things you effectively like, he said. In case you’re seeing two brands of a thing you like at a store, the bundle that catches and holds your eye will presumably have an edge when you’re choosing which to purchase.

By and large, this new examination demonstrates that the connection among consideration and decision is more mind boggling than recently accepted.

The examination was bolstered by the National Science Foundation.

How The Zebra Fish Gets Its Stripes

A standout amongst the most noteworthy things about the famous yellow and blue stripes of zebrafish is that they dependably show up by any stretch of the imagination.

Zebrafish start life as straightforward incipient organisms, with three sorts of shade cells on their skin. As they build up, the color cells by one means or another figure out how to sort out themselves nearly without fall flat into the stripes we as a whole know.

Presently specialists have built up a scientific model that may clarify the key part that one of those shade cells plays in ensuring each stripe winds up precisely where it has a place on the fish.

This new model recommends that one of the shade cell composes – called iridophores – drives the procedure of cell association. These cells give redundancies in the cell communication process that guarantees that on the off chance that one collaboration comes up short, another can assume control.

The outcome is that zebrafish get their stripes, notwithstanding when a portion of the cell forms turn out badly