Why the brain can see faces in everyday objects
The phenomenon of seeing faces in everyday objects.
If you tend to notice faces in inanimate objects around you, you're not alone. It could be the Virgin Mary in a toast...
Creating harmony in complex networks
Violinists offer strategies for modelling synchrony.
Scientists working with musicians have revealed new strategies to deal with frustration and achieve synchrony in comp...
Experience of loneliness may change with age
Tackling it is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.
Humans are social creatures, and even before the isolation enforced on us by the COVID-19 pandemic researchers were s...
Evocations of abstract art
Blending art theory and cognitive science.
Art has been an integral part of human existence since time immemorial, prompting scientists to try to understand its...
How bias affects views of hate crimes
Casual sympathisers may suggest motives unclear.
People who commit hate crimes against minorities often assert they are protecting others, believing they have support...
When no barrier can be a barrier
Moral hypothesis and young children put to the test.
A COVID-19 world of restricted movement is an interesting time to test what’s known as the moral barrier hypothesis, ...
Smartphone = personality
Privacy alert: a behavioural measurer is in your pocket.
A new personality study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science coolly walks a fine line between ...
Does she look grumpy to you?
Language sways how we perceive expressions.
There are umpteen ways that communication can distort people’s perception and hence the way they respond to someone, ...
Linguistic feature not unique to humans
Monkeys can do it too, study finds.
Evidence is piling up to suggest humans are not as different from animals as many like to think. New research adds...
People really are giving by nature
Even with competing incentives, study finds.
At times, the state of the world could understandably drive one to despair. But we can take solace in the age-old ...
Media mythbusting can grow false beliefs
Cognitive bias can overcome even the best of us.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world, politicians, medical experts and epidemiologists have taught us about f...
Nature on a screen can improve your mood
If you can't go outside, do the next best thing.
Are you feeling anxious or irritated during the coronavirus lockdown? Do you constantly want to get up and move? Mayb...