Slot Machine

Near misses are like winning to problem gamblers

04 May 2010

The brains of problem gamblers react more intensely to near misses than casual gamblers, new research from the University of Cambridge has found. The results could help explain what keeps problem gamblers betting even though they keep losing.

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birds

The Bird Tango: Cambridge academic fuses love of birds and dance

09 Sep 2009

Nicola Clayton, Professor of Comparative Cognition, has collaborated with the world-famous Rambert Dance Company to produce a contemporary dance based on the works of Charles Darwin. In the video highlighted below, she discusses the scientific inspirations behind the contemporary ballet piece, The Comedy of Change.

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Headphones

You Are What You Listen To

21 Aug 2009

It may not be possible to judge a book by its cover, but judging someone by the contents of their iTunes library could be a very different story, new research suggests.

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Violin

Virtual violins

01 Sep 2008

Why does one violin sound different to another? Investigating this question has brought together researchers from music, engineering, experimental psychology and computer science.

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Nicola Clayton

Clever crows and dancing duets

01 May 2008

Nicky Clayton, Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Experimental Psychology, has thrown the doors wide open on animal cognition. Where once the idea would have been dismissed that animals can re-experience the past and plan for the future, her imaginative studies have shown this inherent cleverness in crows.

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Peacocks

Can old brains learn new tricks?

01 Sep 2007

Although our brains deteriorate as we get older, Cambridge researchers are finding that some abilities are preserved through ‘flexible’ use of neural networks.

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