The science of charismatic voices

When a right-wing Italian politician named Umberto Bossi suffered a severe stroke in 2004, his speech became permanently impaired. Strangely, this change impacted Bossi’s perception among his party’s followers — from appearing authoritarian to benevolent. Now researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles think they know why. Probing the vocal presence of charisma across… Read More

What’s in laughter?

Human beings love to laugh, and the average adult laughs 17 times a day. Humans love to laugh so much that there are actually industries built around laughter. Jokes, sitcoms and comedians are all designed to get us laughing, because laughing feels good. For us it seems so natural, but the funny thing is that… Read More

Dogs align their bodies along a North-South axis when they poop, and that is amazing!

Ever wonder why dogs need to get themselves into just the right position to do their business? As it turns out, dogs align their body axis according to Earth’s magnetic field when they squat to poop—a behavior that changes when the magnetic field is unstable. But why do they do it? The results of the… Read More

Em um estudo transcultural ambicioso os pesquisadores descobriram que adultos de todo o mundo falam e cantam para bebês de maneira semelhante

O reputado jornal The New York Times publicou esta semana um artigo intitulado “’Parentese’ Is a Truly Lingua Franca, Study Finds’. O artigo foi traduzido para o português pelo UOL com o título “O ‘mamanhês’ é de fato uma língua franca”. Em um estudo transcultural ambicioso os pesquisadores descobriram que adultos de todo o mundo… Read More

A maioria dos empregadores quer ver soft skills em seu currículo – aqui estão 8 dos mais procurados

Ao se candidatar a um emprego, há muitas maneiras de otimizar seu currículo. Você pode verificar os detalhes do anúncio da vaga para ver onde estão as prioridades do empregador em termos de experiência e certificar-se de destacar o que é mais importante para eles, por exemplo. Você pode incluir quaisquer conquistas importantes, como exceder… Read More

Social Media Explained. No one ring to rule them all…

Billions of people around the world use social media to share information and make connections. On a personal level, social media allows you to communicate with friends and family, learn new things, develop your interests, and be entertained. However, providing a single definition that encompasses all of the technologies and activities associated with social media… Read More

Improving your Listening Skills in English with Songs

Music is a great language package that bundles culture, vocabulary, listening, grammar and a host of other language skills in just a few rhymes. What you should pay attention to: Sounds English has special sounds that many other languages do not have. But more importantly, English has special sound combinations. The patterns of sounds in… Read More

Prepositional Idioms? Calm down!

A prepositional idiom consists of a verb followed by a preposition, but unlike an ordinary prepositional phrase, it forms an expression with a nonliteral or idiomatic meaning. Some grammarians consider the prepositional idiom a type of a phrasal verb, others call it the phrasal verb itself, and still others call it a verb phrase. Anyway… Read More

Bilingual Language Development: Myths vs. Facts