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...
Seeing the adult in the infant
Toddler temperament can predict personality, study finds.
Ever wished you could peek into a crystal ball and see your baby’s future? A three-decade-long study that followed 14...
Learning issues linked to brain connectivity
New research suggests it’s about ‘hubs’, not specific brain regions.
Different learning difficulties do not, as previously thought, correspond to specific regions of the brain, new Briti...
School smarts more than reading and maths
Academic and cognitive skill training goes both ways.
It’s well established that cognitive abilities such as reasoning, memory and focussed attention help children do well...
There’s hope for narcissistic teens
They’ll probably grow out of it, like the rest of us.
It’s common for people “of a certain age” to bemoan the self-centredness of today’s teenagers, but they do tend to gr...
Socialites not primary behavioural influencers
Research suggests it’s more likely close-knit cliques.
If you want to influence people’s behaviour, simply growing your social networks isn’t going to cut it, according to ...
Havana Syndrome just an old cold lingering?
Symptoms were real but probably not sinister, scientists argue.
By Nick Carne The so-called Havana Syndrome was caused by emotional trauma and fear rather than something new and si...
An opponent on the rise can mess with your head
It’s easy to be intimidated by ‘status momentum’.
Coaches and commentators often talk about the importance of momentum in sport, and science has had its say. A 1985 p...
Blaming the driver in a ‘driverless’ car
Study suggests we cut machines some slack sometimes.
Many people worry about the concept of a “driverless car”, but a more immediate concern may be our fear about the fal...
The way your brain approaches tricky tasks
Investigating the ‘low-dimensional manifold’.
Have you ever sat down to complete your morning crossword or Sudoku and wondered about what's happening in your brain...
Brain activity linked to longevity
Long-lived individuals have less excitable neurons.
A team led by genetics researchers from Harvard Medical School has discovered that a protein named REST helps you liv...