Drivers don't regard cyclists as human
Drivers more likely to be aggressive towards cyclists.
A new Australian study has found that more than half of car drivers think cyclists are not completely human, with a l...
To get into character, shut down parts of brain
First ever study of method acting draws surprising conclusions.
Being someone else might be less energy intensive than being yourself, new research indicates. In a paper in the jou...
Sushi determines attitudes to insects
Attitudes for using insects as protein sources are complex.
Attitudes to sushi are good predictors of people’s willingness to chow down on insects, researchers have found. In m...
The eyes don’t have it
A person staring at you is likely looking at your mouth.
The communicative power of eye contact might well be a myth, if a recent Australian experiment is indicative. Making...
What makes you a man or a woman
Key genes active early in life transform the embryo into a woman or a man.
There are many cultural and social factors involved in making a baby into a man or a woman. But biologically speaking...
Tricky questions are a sign of sadism
Some job interviewers aren’t clever, just nasty.
Interviewers who quiz job applicants with “brain teaser” questions do so not to gauge mental agility, but because the...
Vegetarian diet may imperil animals
Assessments of animal welfare link with fear of non-meat diets.
The increasing popularity of vegetarian and vegan diets may be putting the lives of animals at greater risk, research...
Sour tastes make people push the boundaries
One of the five basic tastes induces risky actions.
Experiencing a sour taste in the mouth is strongly linked to risk-taking behaviour, a new study shows. In a paper pu...
Sales volume: music influences food choices
Study shows soundtracks influences meal choices.
Songs by Ed Sheeran, Van Morrison, Janet Jackson and German heavy metal band The Scorpions have been deployed to test...
Trypophobia and the science of disgust
Is this ‘unusual but common’ condition simply a fear of holes?
Editor’s note: Readers who feel an aversion to images of clusters of holes or roughly circular objects may wish to av...
Friends and strangers mess with your head
Separate teams probe the ways we decide who to be friends with.
Friendships are driven by neural similarities, but the way we respond to strangers derives from a much less sophistic...
Why you're jittery after a bad night's sleep
Gaps between brain cells suffer without sleep.
Ever wondered why you’re particularly twitchy after a bad night’s sleep, even though your brain feels like cotton woo...