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  • Mind-Blowing Research of the Month: How and Why We Study Music’s Effects on the Brain

    People spend an average of 18 hours a week listening to music, according to a 2019 survey. It is undeniably a huge part of our lives and, naturally, inspires great curiosity in scientists. What makes you tap to the beat? Is it true that music can make you read faster? And what can possibly connect music and language? Today, we will attempt to answer these questions, dipping our toes into the ocean of research on music perception and cognition. 


  • Mind-Blowing Research of the Month: Neuroarchaeology

    One of today's top science trends is interdisciplinarity – drawing from different research fields to find answers to age-old questions. Neuroarchaeology is one such new area of study, and it brings together, yes, you've guessed it – archaeology and neuroscience. How did our distant ancestors learn to speak? And how is tool-making related to playing the piano? Find out in our overview!


  • What Our Eye Movements Can Tell Us – And How It’s Changing The World

    By now you must have surely heard of eye tracking, whether it was in countless online challenges or in the description of one of ITMO’s own Master’s programs, but we bet this technology still has many surprises in store. In this article, we delve a little into how it works, where it is applied and what insights the researchers have gained into the way our brain works. 


  • Cognitive Science: How Memory Works and How to Make Yours Work Better

    Ever forgot where you put your keys? Crammed for a test and aced it? Remembered how to ride a bike to your own surprise? Some might argue (and, indeed, one Ortega y Gasset does) that memory is what makes us human as it is what enables us to learn from not only the mistakes that we made ourselves but also from those made by generations before us. However true or not this statement may be, it is hard to deny our heavy reliance on memory on a day-to-day basis. But how much do we actually know about it and is this knowledge enough to benefit us?


  • Don’t Believe Your Eyes: How Visual Illusions Work

    As part of the Week of Cognitive Experiments, Valeria Karpinskaia, a PhD in Psychology and associate professor at the Department of General Psychology at St. Petersburg State University, gave a lecture on optical illusions, which are images or pictures that we perceive differently from what they really are. The researcher spoke in detail about the most popular visual illusions, as well as explained why this field of cognitive psychology still remains largely neglected.