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When does trash talking work?

Karen C.P. McDermott, University of Connecticut The Abstract features interesting research and the people behind it. Karen C.P. McDermott recently completed a study on trash talk,...

The ‘warspeak’ permeating everyday language puts us all in the trenches

Robert Myers, Alfred University In a manifesto posted online shortly before he went on to massacre 22 people at an El Paso Walmart, Patrick Crusius...

“You’re unallocated!” and other BS companies use to obscure reality

Kate Suslava, Bucknell University Corporate America has invented many ways to avoid letting the public know it’s laying people off – or telling employees themselves...

Softer, processed foods changed the way ancient humans spoke

Steven Moran, University of Zürich and Balthasar Bickel, University of Zürich The human capacity for language divides our species from the rest of the animal...

America is in the middle of a battle over the meaning...

Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M University You might think that the culture war over race and immigration primarily transpires in dramatic events, like the woman...

When did humans first learn to count?

Peter Schumer, Middlebury College The history of math is murky, predating any written records. When did humans first grasp the basic concept of a number?...

The slippery slope of dehumanizing language

Allison Skinner, Northwestern University Comparing people to animals seems to increasingly be a part of our political discourse. When Roseanne Barr tweeted that former White House...

Yanny or Laurel? It’s your brain not your ears that decides

Jennell Vick, Case Western Reserve University As a speech scientist, I never thought I’d see so much excitement on social media about one tiny little...

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Health Check: why mosquitoes seem to bite some people more

By Cameron Webb, University of Sydney There’s always one in a crowd, a sort of harbinger of the oncoming mosquito onslaught: a person mosquitoes seem...