A new study finds a relationship between declines in cognitive performance and attention, and the severity of respiratory symptoms COVID-19 patients experienced. Those with more server COVID symptoms fared worse on cognitive tests, specifically associated with reasoning and problem-solving.
Physarum polycephalum, a brainless slime mold, uses its body to sense chemical cues in its environment and performs complex calculations, similar to what humans consider to be thinking, to decide on the direction to grow based on the information presented.
Less muscle mass and increased body fat may affect cognition as we age. The link between body mass and declining fluid intelligence may be attributed to different types of white blood cells.
Researchers report teleological thinking, a single and powerful cognitive bias which entails the perception of final causes or an overriding purpose in natural events, is linked to two seemingly unconnected beliefs; conspiracy theories and creationism.
Researchers say those who can improvise are better musicians than those who have limited improvisational experience. Additionally, the brains of those trained to improvise show different patters of electrical activity than non-improvising players.
A new PNAS study reports cultural activities directly influence learning processes, affecting how we collect different kinds of data. Researchers developed a new learning model that explains how culture helped shaped our cognition. Understanding these principles may someday be useful in AI development, researchers say.
Findings raise more questions about the origins of human cognition.
Researchers report aging Chinese people who took an afternoon snooze had better memory and thinking skills than those who didn't.
Researchers use fast fMRI to track the brain activity that occurs during thought. The study could be a significant step toward mapping the neural networks responsible for attention, perception and other cognitive functions.