Body odor conveys a wide variety of cues about gender, age, family, stress, and disease states. Body odors are also believed to direct mating and bonding between individuals. Now, a new study finds that newborn body odor may contribute to building maternal-child relationships.
When you are not focusing on something and your mind starts to wander, what do you think of? Many people find that they think about about imagined events, either past or future. This is a process that has been called “mental time travel,” and some researchers have suggested that it is a uniquely human process. Interestingly, that is a theory that has come under fire.
One of the most enduring pursuits in cognitive science is identifying the factors that separate us from lower animals -- and while it might at first seem like a trivial matter (“well, we’re just a lot smarter!”), it is actually very difficult to scientifically quantify those factors.