Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled a tool that could guess your age from a single photograph. Now, it wants to guess how you’re feeling too. It might not get the answer right—but it is kinda fun.
Despite the wide variety of species that have complex social structures – elephants, monkeys, chimps, dolphins, giraffes, wolves, corvids, and lots more – many have argued that jealousy requires a sophisticated understanding of the self and of other's social goals and desires.
Distorted guitar, jarring chords and screeching solos get a lot of us pumped up. New research, though, reveals that it's not something we've learned to love—in fact, the distinctive sounds of rock music echo the raw, visceral warning sounds of humans and animals from prehistoric times.
Scientists have shown that words printed in larger font sizes elicit a stronger emotional response.
Psychologists have always assumed that the way emotions are organized in the brain is the same for all of us. But now, a new study suggests that left-handers process emotion in the opposite side of the brain to right-handers—which could change the way we think about and treat mental disorders.
When we have a positive experience—a great meal, say, or a wonderfully romantic encounter—it's natural to want to talk about it. But a new study suggests that word-of-mouth stories blunt our feelings about experiences. In other words, telling people about your best kiss or favorite restaurant will make it feel less…
Sometimes, science doesn't provide radical new findings, it just confirms what we've all suspected for generations. Take, for instance, a recent study that shows women are happier in relationships when men know they're miserable. Men on the other hand, they're just happy when their partner is happy.
It happens all the time. You stub your toe or bash your elbow, scream "Mother SUCKER!" (or something), and instantly feel just a bit better. It's true: your potty mouth saves you aspirin money. Science!
MIT scientist Ed Boyden invented a way to implant optical fibers into your brain and activate them on command using light. As neurons are turned on and off, the researchers can see what the circuits do.
Nintendo's Wii game console may owe some of its extraordinary success to emotions that are triggered by specific movements: It might essentially be using your body to hack into your brain.
Come on, Sony. A repeating boot-to-the-butt wheel? Everyone knows the only surefire kick-based humor must involve the crotch.
The Gadget: The eMotion Solar PMP, a 2GB machine that claims to play music, videos, Nintendo/Game Boy/Sega ROMs, e-books and more—all while charging itself and other devices via its built-in solar panels. If you're nice, it may even pump your gas and tuck you in at night.
It looks like a concept—in fact, the only pictures we have of it are fancy 3D renderings doctored up in Photoshop. But according to the press release (after the jump), MediaStreet's 1GB eMotion solar-powered portable media player is already shipping for $169. That's a lot for a typical 1-gig audio-video player, but…
This MediaStreet eMotion Portable Media Player DVD tries to include everything but the kitchen sink, but ends up looking like a toilet seat. It can play back DVDs on its 3.5" LCD display, and also handles CDs, digital music and video files. On top of that, it tosses in a 3-in-1 memory card reader and USB 2.0 port. But…