Body and Mind

  • A new reality for those living with pain

    Virtual reality technology is showing great promise for the management of pain.

    Virtual reality (VR) is one of the next hot tickets in pain treatment. A lot of hope has been built into research on ...

    Body and Mind August 13, 2021
  • Zeroing in on zero-alcohol beverages

    They’re easier to buy, but do they really reduce drinking?

    Australian sales of zero-alcohol beverages – which mimic alcoholic drinks, but contain less than 0.5% alcohol – have ...

    Body and Mind August 10, 2021
  • Curb your assumptions about COVID noncompliance

    A just-published study aimed to capture the nuance and complexity of why people don’t comply – or...

    Last week, as COVID-19 case numbers continued to rise in Sydney despite weeks of tight restrictions, a group of psych...

    COVID August 6, 2021
  • Predicting menopause: Is reproductive lifespan genetic?

    A new genetic study reveals insights into women’s fertility lifespan.

    Women may soon know their personal reproductive timeframe, as researchers have identified nearly 300 genes associated...

    Body and Mind August 5, 2021
  • The psychology of COVID compliance

    Researchers untangle the complexities of breaking and following the rules.

    A study by Australian and Canadian researchers has identified some common psychological features of people who don’t ...

    COVID August 4, 2021
  • How is a brain like a train?

    Mouse study reveals how neural pathways work like switchable train tracks.

    Training the brain has been given a whole new meaning, with researchers uncovering a memory-storing system in the bra...

    Biology August 4, 2021
  • A better test for Alzheimer’s disease

    An Australian collaboration’s work could greatly improve the accuracy of diagnosis.

    Alzheimer’s disease is tricky to diagnose, and suspecting its presence in oneself or a loved one brings with it inevi...

    Body and Mind July 28, 2021
  • Touch screens transmit less disease the more they’re touched

    But only because one unlucky person “cleans” it for the following users . . .

    You’ve probably used many public touch-screen interfaces, to withdraw cash at ATMs, check-in at airports, and in nume...

    Body and Mind July 28, 2021
  • Does wine make the heart flutter?

    A new study looks at wine intake and reduced heart risk. But don’t toast the conclusions yet!

    A few wines a week may slightly decrease risk of irregular heart flutters, according to a study published in Clinical...

    Body and Mind July 28, 2021
  • Vaping on TikTok is depicted positively

    It might be time to introduce age limits.

    TikTok videos that include vaping mostly show it in a positive light, according to new research in the journal Tobacc...

    Body and Mind July 27, 2021
  • Listen up: the sound of science

    Can how we speak reflect changes in our mental health? Can ambient sound bring order to loved one...

    This article first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 2 July 2021. For more stories like this, subscribe to Cosmos Weekly. ...

    Body and Mind July 9, 2021
  • Facing up to ordinary things

    Angry handbags and happy coffee: our brains are wired to see faces in everyday objects.

    Have you ever seen a smiley face in your morning cup of tea, or a shocked expression on a terraced house? Australian ...

    Body and Mind July 7, 2021
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