Can dogs rapidly learn words?

IMAGE: The Family Dog Project research team is investigating on these exceptionally talented dogs view more  Credit: Photo by Claudia Fugazza A new study found that talented dogs can learn new words after hearing them only four times. While preliminary evidence seems to show that most dogs do not learn words (i.e. names of objects), unless […]

COVID-19 dominates annual list of banished words, terms

Kellie Johnson, a respiratory therapist, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, one of the first five staff at the hospital, on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at McLaren Flint Hospital in Flint. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP) Even as vaccines are being rolled out to battle the coronavirus, wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University in Michigan’s […]

Study: in social media safety messages, the pictures should match the words

IMAGE: Researchers found that parents understood safety messaging better when the picture showed the desired behavior, such as a baby in a bumper-free crib. view more  Credit: The Ohio State University COLUMBUS, Ohio — When using social media to nudge people toward safe and healthy behaviors, it’s critical to make sure the words match the pictures, […]

Why some people hear colors and taste words

A note can be a sensation and a number can be a hue. (Tomi Um/) For a small group of people, sensations entangle themselves in baffling ways. The written numeral 2 might evoke a flash of purple; an audible C sharp note could conjure a finger prick. Some with this condition, called synesthesia, even taste […]