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Music lessons don’t make kids smarter, study finds

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Jul 30, 2020 … Study authors declare that “teaching music with the sole intent of enhancing a child’s cognitive or academic skills may be pointless.” LONDON — Parents who think guitar or piano lessons will help their child’s academic performance may end up singing the blues themselves, according to a surprising new study. Researchers from both Japan and England conclude…

Wikipedia Run By Robots? Researchers Develop AI That Updates Site Using ‘Humanlike’ Style, Grammar

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Feb 15, 2020 … CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Wikipedia, the world’s free online encyclopedia, is a true wonder of the internet. As vast a resource it is on quite literally any subject one can imagine, it’s knock is that it allows anyone to make edits and provide updates. That means sometimes articles show outdated or inaccurate information. Misinformation feels like it’s…

How Your Facebook Friends May Unwittingly Hurt Your Feelings — And Your Intelligence

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Mar 09, 2019 … BUFFALO, N.Y. — They don’t mean it, but your community of Facebook friends could be affecting your thoughts and stirring a burst of negative emotions in you, leading to feelings of social exclusion, and even draining your intelligence, research shows. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Buffalo, showed that prominent social media…

Study: Women Who Wear ‘Sexy’ Outfits At College Graduation Seen As Less Competent

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Feb 04, 2019 … SURREY, England — Women who wear “sexy” outfits to their college graduation are considered less competent than those who opt for more conservative clothing, a new study finds. Researchers from the University of Surrey say their work shows how women are subject to biases that can be potentially harmful to one’s career and self-esteem. “The intelligence…

Study: Dolphins, Whales Travel In Social Groups, Exhibit Human-Like Cultural Qualities

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Oct 25, 2017 … Major study shows that cetaceans “talk” to one another in various dialects and work together in ways similar to human societies STANFORD, Calif. — Encephalization: it’s a big word for the process of evolving a bigger brain. And it’s one among many things that humans, whales, and dolphins have in common. A new study, the…

Study Finds Daydreamers More Creative, Intelligent Than Others

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Oct 25, 2017 … ATLANTA — Daydreamers aren’t slackers: they’re just smarter and more creative than everyone else, a new study finds. Researchers at Georgia Tech thoroughly examined over 100 individuals, all of whom completed assessments measuring their cognitive ability and had their brain patterns measured by an MRI machine. The participants were asked to focus on a specific item…

AI reveals major differences in how social media users debate vaccinations and climate change

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Jan 18, 2022 … WATERLOO, Ontario — Both climate change and vaccinations tend to be divisive subjects nowadays. Interestingly, however, scientists are using artificial intelligence to show how the debate on social media over these two topics are vastly different. In a nutshell, social media users are more open to discussion and differing views regarding climate change, whereas online…

Chatbots or real people? Study finds customers only care about ‘perceived humanness’

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Jan 06, 2022 … GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Calling customer service can be an annoying experience, even when the operator is friendly. So, what happens when companies start turning the phones over to robots to solve your consumer questions? A new study finds people will still trust a “chatbot” to handle their call — as long as they perceive some “humanness”…

Parents unconsciously develop a precise method for speaking to their toddlers

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Aug 03, 2021 … PITTSBURGH — As infants grow into toddlers, parents unconsciously develop a specific method in the way they speak to their children that builds their vocabulary and syntax, new research shows. Scientists believe this discovery in toddlers’ language learning process holds the key to boosting artificial intelligence (AI). That’s because they pick up languages much quicker…

Kindness Comes Naturally To Parrots: Study Shows Their Extraordinary Selfless Behavior

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Jan 14, 2020 … TENERIFE, Spain — Parrots have long been considered intelligent birds, but a new set of research focusing on African gray parrots finds that besides just being smart these fascinating animals are also very kind to one another. Over the course of the experiments, the studied parrots exhibited selfless tendencies, prosocial behavior, and cooperativeness — even when…

Drinking hot cocoa could make you smarter — especially if it’s enriched with this

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Nov 24, 2020 … BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom — As winter arrives, hot tea and cocoa naturally become popular drink choices with a lot of people. A new study finds drinking cocoa is not just the popular choice, it may also be the “smart” choice as well. Researchers at the University of Birmingham say consuming flavanol-rich products, such as cocoa,…

Nearly half of drivers find their own cars confusing, don’t even know how to pop the hood

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Oct 20, 2020 … LONDON — When people dream about winning the lottery, many say they’ll buy a fancy car with their winnings. While it might be a lovely fantasy, a new survey finds most people wouldn’t know the first thing about their new ride. A poll of 2,000 British drivers reveals 44 percent actually find their car “confusing.” Half…