Eyeless <em>C. elegans</em> Perceives Colors: Study
Eyeless C. elegans Perceives Colors: Study
The roundworm uses cues from visible light to help avoid eating toxic bacteria with a distinguishing hue.
Eyeless C. elegans Perceives Colors: Study
Eyeless C. elegans Perceives Colors: Study

The roundworm uses cues from visible light to help avoid eating toxic bacteria with a distinguishing hue.

The roundworm uses cues from visible light to help avoid eating toxic bacteria with a distinguishing hue.

perception
Are You Smarter Than Your Dog?
Are You Smarter Than Your Dog?
The Scientist Staff | Jan 11, 2021
Check out the optical illusion that researchers put before canines, finding that fido and master have opposite reactions.
A Dog&rsquo;s View of Optical Illusions
A Dog’s View of Optical Illusions
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2021
Researchers are using visual tricks to try to better understand canine perception.
Infographic: What Do Dogs Perceive?
Infographic: What Do Dogs Perceive?
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2021
Researchers use optical illusions to investigate canine perception.
Serotonin and Dopamine Linked to Decision-Making: Study
Serotonin and Dopamine Linked to Decision-Making: Study
Amanda Heidt | Oct 16, 2020
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers monitored subsecond changes in levels of the neurotransmitters in the human brain, unlocking new insight into their function.
Researchers Make Mice Smell Odors that Aren&rsquo;t Really There
Researchers Make Mice Smell Odors that Aren’t Really There
Ruth Williams | Jun 18, 2020
Using optogenetics, scientists have simulated the sense of smell directly within the mouse brain to investigate the nature of olfactory perception.
Special Schwann Cells in Mice Play Unsung Role in Pain
Special Schwann Cells in Mice Play Unsung Role in Pain
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 16, 2019
The glia seem to make up part of a newly described sensory organ, the discoverers suggest.
Image of the Day: Mosquito Flight Simulator
Image of the Day: Mosquito Flight Simulator
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 30, 2019
Carbon dioxide pumped into a bright chamber mimics a breathing host for the pest to target.
Image of the Day: Smell Circuits
Image of the Day: Smell Circuits
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 24, 2019
The brain wiring behind scent processing seems to scale across mammalian species.
Optogenetic Manipulations Create Perception Without Sensory Input
Optogenetic Manipulations Create Perception Without Sensory Input
Ruth Williams | Jul 18, 2019
Advanced single-cell optogenetic tools have enabled researchers to induce a learned behavior in mice without the associated visual cue.
Image of the Day: Red Alert
Image of the Day: Red Alert
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 6, 2018
Female zebra finches prefer red-beaked male finches over their orange-beaked counterparts.
Oxytocin Makes Time Fly
Oxytocin Makes Time Fly
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 1, 2018
Can people’s social skills affect their experience of time?
Pupil Response to an Optical Illusion Tied to Autistic Traits
Pupil Response to an Optical Illusion Tied to Autistic Traits
Abby Olena | Mar 13, 2018
People whose pupils change more dramatically during a visual perception task tend to score higher on a self-reported scale of autistic traits.
Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia
Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia
Catherine Offord | Mar 5, 2018
A whole-genome analysis of people who experience color when they listen to sounds points to a handful of genes involved in neural development.
Mice Display Human-Like Sense of Body Awareness
Mice Display Human-Like Sense of Body Awareness
Ben Andrew Henry | Oct 27, 2016
Mice can be tricked into thinking rubber tails belong to them, indicating they perceive body ownership similar to the way humans do.
Fruit Flies Feel Humidity with Dedicated Receptors
Fruit Flies Feel Humidity with Dedicated Receptors
Alison F. Takemura | Sep 1, 2016
Drosophila antennae let the insects seek out moisture levels they like best.
ESP on Trial
ESP on Trial
Catherine Offord | Sep 1, 2016
In the 1930s, parapsychologist Joseph Banks Rhine aimed to use scientific methods to confirm the existence of extrasensory perception, but faced criticisms of dubious analyses and irreproducible results.
What’s in a Voice?
What’s in a Voice?
Kerry Grens | May 1, 2016
More than you think (or could make use of)
Can We Smell A Trillion Odors?
Can We Smell A Trillion Odors?
Kerry Grens | Jul 8, 2015
A reanalysis calls into question a year-old claim that humans can decipher at least 1 trillion different scents.
Music on the Mind
Music on the Mind
Jef Akst | Mar 13, 2014
Three new studies delve into humans’ creation and perception of music.