Do our devices rule our self-control?
Neurological evidence surrounding phone addiction.
More than three billion Earthlings have a smartphone, a device on track to have the most rapid take-up of any technol...
Intimidation may not be the best tactic
Nice people also win positions of power, study finds.
Being aggressive, selfish and manipulative doesn’t bring more power at work than being nice, generous and trustworthy...
People may really be prosocial
Brain study suggests we try to avoid harm to others.
European researchers have found that people are better at learning and decision-making when trying to avoid harm to o...
Ancient faces, familiar feelings
Expressions may be recognisable across time and cultures.
By Megan Willis, Australian Catholic Unviersity Credit: Mauricio Marat, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Histo...
Sometimes we need to learn from others
Scientists reveal when, and what happens in the brain.
When you’re trying to decide what to order from a familiar menu, you’ll most likely draw from your own experience. ...
The trends in COVID-19 misinformation
Researchers find a common set of narratives.
By Jason Weismueller, Paul Harrigan (University of Western Australia), Jacob Shapiro and Jan Oledan (Princeton Univer...
For young children, the choice is exploration
Study suggests they’ll even give up guaranteed rewards.
Young children are motivated to explore, even if it means giving up guaranteed rewards, a new US study suggests. R...
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, ...