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Visual Perception of Summary Statistics Not Following Mathematical Rules

People are capable of estimating the mean size of visible objects and their approximate number simultaneously, showing for the first time that these two cognitive processes are independent of each other and do not follow the rules of mathematical statistics.

How Spatial Navigation Correlates with Language

Cognitive neuroscientists from the Higher School of Economics and Aarhus University experimentally demonstrate how spatial navigation impacts language comprehension. The results of the study have been published in NeuroImage.
November 09

Researchers Teach Computer to Recognize Emotions in Speech

Staff Members of the Faculty of Informatics, Mathematics, and Computer Science at the Higher School of Economics have created an automatic system capable of identifying emotions in the sound of a voice. Their report was presented at a major international conference – Neuroinformatics-2017.

Immeasurable Hardiness of Character

What is «grit» and why it's time to rethink it
September 28

Researchers Learn More about Maximizing Brain Use

Neuroscientists have come up with a new multivariate method for predicting behavioural response to a stimulus using information about the phase of preceding neuronal oscillations recorded with EEG.
September 04

Researchers to Predict Cognitive Dissonance according to Brain Activity

A new study by HSE researchers has uncovered a new brain mechanism that generates cognitive dissonance – a mental discomfort experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs or values, or experiences difficulties in making decisions. The results of the study have been published in the paper ‘Open Access Neural Mechanisms of Cognitive Dissonance (Revised): an EEG Study’in The Journal of Neuroscience.

‘Russians May Be Happier Than They Appear, but They Hide It’

A comparative cross-cultural study conducted by the HSE International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation has found that Russians tend to be as open with their friends as Americans, but unlike Americans, Russians prefer to hide their happiness when talking to strangers or government officials.

Repeating non-verbs as well as verbs can boost the syntactic priming effect

According to Glasgow and HSE/Northumbria researchers, repetition of non-verbs as well as verbs can boost the effect of syntactic priming, i.e. the likelihood of people reproducing the structure of the utterance they have just heard.

How Insomnia Affects Self-esteem

People with sleep disorders tend to misperceive their own appearance.
March 13

Scientists Reveal Relationship between Perfectionism and Insomnia

Researchers from the Higher School of Economics, Northumbria and Oxford universities have found that perfectionism combined with increased anxiety can lead to sleep disturbances.
January 13

HSE Researchers Uncover Why Morning People Should Not Work at Night

It has been known for a long time that early risers work less efficiently at night than night owls do. But researchers from the Higher School of Economics and Oxford University have uncovered new and distinctive features between the night activities of these two types of individuals. At night, early risers demonstrate a quicker reaction time when solving unusual attention-related tasks than night owls, but these early risers make more mistakes along the way.
December 15, 2016