Tag : Michelle Heinrich

Losing a language – a war of attrition

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Linguists describe the languages we’ve learnt from birth, and throughout our teenage years, as our native language, native tongue or mother tongue. You have probably heard these expressions before, however in linguistics – the study of language – a person’s native language is referred to as L1. As we grow … Read More

Psychological Supermarket Sweep

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You may have never given it a thought, but supermarkets spend an extensive amount of time planning the layout of their stores. It’s no accident that we find ourselves wandering around, trying to find the one item that we came in for and which seems to have moved around magically. … Read More

Anti-sceptic: The truth behind germs

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Sometimes we do not know what is best for us. Many of us have been told that the cleaner we are, the better it is for us. Recent studies have shown the opposite to be true. Germs, including bacteria and viruses, can be found everywhere: in our hair, on our … Read More

Paroxetine to reverse heart failure after heart attack

3 years ago / 0 comments

A common antidepressant may reverse heart failure after a myocardial infarction (heart attack) Scientists claim. Paroxetine is an antidepressant that has been prescribed since 1991 in the UK and is classified as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor or SSRI. SSRIs, amongst other types of antidepressants, are used to treat clinical … Read More

How does aircraft noise affect our taste perception?

3 years ago / 0 comments

If you have been on an airplane before and ate food on board, or heard stories of airplane food from friends and family; a common theme seems to be that people complain that the food served on airplanes is tasteless or bad. The question as to why airplane food tastes … Read More

What it’s like to be a woman in Science

3 years ago / 0 comments

Looking back on my education pre-university, I have always enjoyed studying science, even as a female. When I applied to university I had a difficult choice to make. Should I study a science such as Chemistry or choose a language based subject? In the end, I picked Linguistics, which is … Read More

Total Recall – The Science behind Genetic Memory

3 years ago / 0 comments

Have you ever known something without having a clue why? Well, memories, experiences and knowledge that we have never experienced or learnt ourselves can be inherited from our ancestors. This occurs through genetic or ancestral memory; memory which is passed down from preceding generations by DNA and has been linked … Read More

Is language programmed into our genes?

3 years ago / 0 comments

Language is a cognitive skill that seems to be unique to humans. There have been multiple debates on whether language has a genetic component to it and whether we are conditioned by the environment to acquire language. In linguistics (the scientific study of language), Noam Chomsky, a well-known linguist, is … Read More

Language: Is it innate or learned?

4 years ago / 0 comments

Language is a cognitive skill essential to human communication.Without language as a means of communication, life would be very different.  In linguistics there has been a long standing debate as to whether language is innate or learnt. To this date, the nature versus nurture debate has proved controversial, with evidence … Read More

Mind Matters – The confusion of diagnosis

4 years ago / 0 comments

A recent study on the biological mechanisms of psychiatric disorders has revealed that schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder and major depression share several biological mechanisms. The study attracted 60,000 participants and was a collaboration between hundreds of scientists from UCLA, King’s College London, Cardiff University, Harvard and MIT working together under … Read More