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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: Brain-Computer Interfaces

    At least once in our lives, we’ve all wished we could read minds or control the objects around us by merely thinking about them. So far, the technology that came closest to getting us there is BCI – brain-computer interfaces. Read on to learn what they are and how they work – and whether or not we are to expect mind-reading devices any time soon.


  • 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.