People consider male magicians to be more skilled than women, even when they perform the same trick. However, the gender bias disappears when people are asked to think more critically about the tricks performed and figure out their own solutions.
Polydactyly, a condition where one is born with an extra finger, has significant benefits when it comes to motor skill and control. fMRI neuroimaging reveals those with extra fingers are able to move the digits independently of other fingers. The findings could help with the development of new prosthetics that extend motor abilities.
Some MOBA video games can act like an IQ test, researchers report. In a new PLOS ONE study, researchers note a correlation between skill in action strategy games, like DOTA2, and high IQ. The correlation is similar to that seen between intelligence and ability in more traditional games like chess.