Investigating the pathways underlying residual vision in hemianopia-
Damage to the primary visual cortex leads to loss of the visual field contralateral to the damaged cortex. However, in spite of this loss, some patients are still able to detect visual information about stimuli presented within their blind field. A growing area of research aims to exploit this residual...
"It feels like she's talking to me": explaining assignments using lecturer-videos-
This study investigates how Psychology students experience the implementation of ‘assignment videos’. These videos were created by the course-coordinator and posted on our university’s VLE. They explain assignments and are available throughout the semester. End-of-course comments about the videos were largely positive. The current study showed a three-fold cause of...
How does inner speech work and why do we care?-
Our minds are enriched and shaped by our experience of language. As we go through our day, we often hear an inner speech in our mind’s ear. Inner speech is pervasive in human cognition, playing a functional role in thinking, problem solving, working memory, reading and writing. Yet, we know...
Why conversations are easy to hold but hard to study-
Everyday conversation is characterized by smooth turn-taking, i.e. short gaps and frequent overlaps between turns. Switching quickly between the tasks of listening and speaking, and planning one's turn during an interlocutor's utterance should render conversation a taxing task. Yet, it is not commonly experienced as such. Why is this? I...
Exploring touch in humans: how single afferents contribute to complex sensations-
Our touch system presents a complex network of afferents, where a multitude of sensations can be felt, from more simple facets like vibration to blended percepts such as wetness. The technique of microneurography permits recordings from single human afferents, via the insertion of an electrode into a peripheral nerve. The...
Do younger and older people speak the same (body) language?-
As we get older, there are changes to the brain, cognition, motivation and health, which can influence the way in which we communicate with each other. There are also generational differences in the rules of social engagement. Here we will discuss evidence about the nature of social communication changes with...
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