Daily Archives: May 11, 2017

Russia | Western reporters in Kiev continue to ignore the rise of Neo-Nazism in Ukraine

by Bryan MacDonald

Oscar Wilde’s work thrived on tangents. After all, a writer gifted with such a repository of wisecracks needed space to deliver them. Thus, he observed things like how “the man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for.”

Peabody Essex Museum hires neuroscientist to enhance visitor experience

For decades, museums have sought a minimalist approach when it comes to their galleries, hanging art on clean white walls so viewers can focus intently on the work before them. But what if they’ve been doing it all wrong?

To answer that question, the Peabody Essex Museum is taking what is being hailed as an unprecedented step in the museum world: hiring a neuroscientist to help apply the tenets of modern brain science to enhance the museum-going experience.

Men and women show equal ability at recognizing faces

Despite conventional wisdom that suggests women are better than men at facial recognition, Penn State psychologists found no difference between men and women in their ability to recognize faces and categorize facial expressions.

In the study, the researchers used behavioral tests, as well as neuroimaging, to investigate whether there is an influence of biological sex on facial recognition, according to Suzy Scherf, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience.

Greece | EBRD funds to Greece to reach 2 bln euros in 2018

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development expects its financing in Greece to keep growing and to reach the 2-billion-euro mark by 2018, one of its top officials said on Tuesday.

Sabina Dziurman, the EBRD’s director for Greece and Cyprus, told Reuters the bank so far has spent just over 1 billion euros to help the country’s economic recovery, without including trade finance lines.