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  • In a story about “super recognizers” — people who have an exceptional ability to remember faces — ScienceNews turns for comment to Dartmouth’s Bradley Duchaine.

    Duchaine, an associate professor of psychological and brain sciences, and colleagues in England are studying super recognizers to understand how some people are able to recognize nearly everyone they’ve ever seen, the magazine writes. Knowledge gained from such studies may aid in...

  • In a story about why people believe in conspiracy theories, The New York Times points to research by Dartmouth’s Paul Whalen and Brendan Nyhan.

    Events such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks result in “powerlessness and uncertainty,” the Times writes, triggering a part of the brain called the amygdala, which Whalen, a professor of psychological and brain sciences, studies. Whalen says that while the amygdala does not do...