Anxiety enhances sense of smell

By Maria Panagiotidi Anxious people have a heightened sense of smell, when it comes to sniffing out a threat, according to a new study by Elizabeth Krusemark and Wen Li from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US. The results of their study will be published online in the journal Chemosensory Perception. The sense of…

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End of the Line for Superluminal Neutrinos?

By Stephen Sadler Physicists were shocked last September when a paper published by the OPERA collaboration suggested that neutrinos in their detector in the Gran Sasso underground lab in Italy had been caught travelling faster than the speed of light. If correct, the result calls into question Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, and open the door…

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The dangers of self-report

A common methodology in behavioural science is to use self-report questionnaires to gather data. Data from these questionnaire can be used to identify relationships between scores on the variable(s) that the questionnaire is assumed to measure and either performance on behavioural tasks, physiological measures taken during an experiment, or even scores obtained from other questionnaires…

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