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What does a cow say? Cows use rather complex voice cues to communicate different messages

December 22, 2019

We communicate using our voices. We have a complex system of different words, tones and facial expressions to…
A Virtual Connection

November 15, 2019

Once a device limited to science fiction, virtual reality (VR) has made its way into everyday life. The…
Human emotional vocalisations: learned or innate?

September 25, 2019

Are emotional expressions shaped by innate specialised mechanisms that guide learning, or do they develop exclusively from learning?…
Nonverbal signals can create bias against larger groups

September 23, 2019

If children are exposed to bias against one person, will they develop a bias against that person’s entire…
Effect Of Autism On Communication And How To Improve

July 11, 2019

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) entails various conditions which have an effect on the person’s mental development and how…
Ditch the egos and share information to solve problems

February 4, 2019

If they want to have the greatest impact on solving problems in industries such as aviation, defense and…
App to improve public speaking—without imagining the audience in their underwear

January 25, 2019

A case of the nerves is normal when students give class presentations. Nico Aguilar did that one better…
How to make good conversations a walk in the park

November 8, 2018

Conversations are more responsive in natural environments such as parks and gardens than indoors, finds new research by…
Talk on emojis gets to the ♡ of the popular culture icons

October 9, 2018

Sad face. Happy face. Thumbs up. Thumbs down. A heart. Even if you don’t use them, you’ve probably…
Idle talk or fierce competition? Women use gossip as a weapon against romantic rivals

May 14, 2018

New research from Florida State University, investigating how women use gossip to compete in the realm of romance,…
In driverless cars, communications failures could be disastrous

March 7, 2018

It’s 2030, and a pack of autonomous vehicles cruising down Interstate 64, bumper-to-bumper and at high speed, overtake…
Voice more Convincing than Text when Discussing Controversial Topics, Study Finds

November 28, 2017

Those who argue in favour of direct communication over holding conversations online might be onto something – a…
Whether our speech is fast or slow, we say about the same

January 17, 2017

The purpose of speech is communication, not speed — so perhaps some new research findings, while counterintuitive, should…
Genes affecting our communication skills relate to genes for psychiatric disorder

January 3, 2017

By screening thousands of individuals, an international team led by researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics…
Bat Calls Contain Wealth of Discernible Information

December 28, 2016

Bats, like humans, are extremely social mammals. They enjoy an average lifespan of 20-30 years, settle in large…
Voice control in orangutan gives clues to early human speech

July 28, 2016

Previously it was thought that great apes – our closest relatives – could not learn to produce new…
Bearded dragons change color on different body parts for social signals and temperature regulation

June 9, 2016

New research shows that bearded dragons are able to partition colour change to specific body parts, depending on…
Great apes communicate cooperatively

May 23, 2016

Human language is a fundamentally cooperative enterprise, embodying fast-paced interactions. It has been suggested that it evolved as…
Giving a voice to patients who can’t speak

April 19, 2016

A University of Iowa spinout company that invented a device allowing physically impaired patients to communicate with health care…
The ‘Not Face’ is a universal part of language, study suggests

March 29, 2016

Researchers have identified a single, universal facial expression that is interpreted across many cultures as the embodiment of…
‘Slow thinking’ a conversation stopper for people with Parkinson’s

March 18, 2016

A new study is the first to assess the extent to which a patient’s ability to think quickly…
Why do chimpanzees throw stones at trees?

February 29, 2016

Chimpanzees often use tools to extract or consume food. Which tools they choose for which purpose, however, can…
Flowers tone down the iridescence of their petals and avoid confusing bees

February 27, 2016

Bees looking for nectar need to be able to spot flower petals and recognise which flowers are full…
New Research Reveals Sound of Deep-Water Animal Migration

February 24, 2016

New research finds there is a distinct sound coming from a massive community of fish, shrimp, jellies, and…
Mobile communication keeps couples who live close to one another even closer

February 12, 2016

Texting can make the heart grow fonder. That is just one of the findings of the latest research from…
Wolf species have ‘howling dialects’

February 8, 2016

The largest ever study of howling in the ‘canid’ family of species – which includes wolves, jackals and…
Using Virtual Reality to make experiments more realistic

January 27, 2016

Avatars are all around us: they represent real people online and colonise new worlds in the movies. In…
Will computers ever truly understand what we’re saying?

January 12, 2016

From Apple’s Siri to Honda’s robot Asimo, machines seem to be getting better and better at communicating with…
Chitchat and small talk could serve an evolutionary need to bond with others

December 15, 2015

We think of chitchat and small talk as the things people say to pass the time or kill…
Say What? Scientists Devise an Algorithm That Detects Sarcasm Better Than Humans Can

December 14, 2015

Think people know when you’re being sarcastic? Yeah, right. Studies show that most of us believe we are much…
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