Amputees’ Brains Remember Their Lost Limbs For Decades

Amputees’ Brains Remember Their Lost Limbs For Decades

The 2016 Summer Paralympics will kick-off in Brazil in just one week. The Summer Paralympic Games, now in their 15th year, are vital in developing global awareness around disabled athletes and disability in general. Many of the athletes who will compete in these games are fitted with prosthetics – artificial devices that replace missing body parts. These artificial devices can replace hands, arms, fingers, legs, feet, and even sockets like wrists and knee joints. In the 21st century, prosthetics aren’t anything new, but the field is advancing rapidly thanks to incredible scientific research and discovery. This development doesn’t mean they […]

Face Blindness Leaves Sufferers Unable To Recognise Faces Of People They Already Know

Face Blindness Leaves Sufferers Unable To Recognise Faces Of People They Already Know

There’s always that one person at a party who says they’re notoriously bad with names or faces, but did you know that not being able to recognise someone can actually be the cause of a medical condition? Prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness, is a cognitive disorder where sufferers can’t recognise faces – even those most familiar to them, like their children, their spouses, their parents, and even their own. Other visual processes remain intact, though, so sufferers can still tell objects apart, they just can’t differentiate between peoples’ faces. To them, everyone looks the same. In best case scenarios, […]

5 Surprising Facts About Your Skin

5 Surprising Facts About Your Skin

You may be familiar with the idiom “Beauty is only skin deep”; meaning that a person’s character is more important than their appearance. But surprisingly there may be many things that our skin can tell us about a person’s inner world. To begin with we recognize others primarily by the skin on their face. Furthermore, the skin’s facial muscles and blood supply tell us a lot about their moods. We can see if a person is happy, sad angry or embarrassed just by looking at the way a person uses their facial muscles and the color that the blood turns […]

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