Behaviour

  • The psychology of missing a penalty

    How can football players with near-perfect ball control miss a goal?

    The moments before a penalty kick are incredibly tense, and new research shows that brain activity might be the reaso...

    Behaviour May 7, 2021
  • COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy on the rise

    Community engagement is key, experts say.

    A recent survey from the Melbourne Institute found that, in the past four months, Australians’ willingness to get vac...

    Behaviour April 23, 2021
  • Conversation

    Less than half of Australian adults know how to identify misinformation online

    A nationally representative survey shows that Australian adults need more help with understanding...

    By Tanya Notley, Western Sydney University; Michael Dezuanni, Queensland University of Technology; Simon Chambers, We...

    Behaviour April 14, 2021
  • The human scream actually means something

    Human screams can convey at least six emotions, with clear acoustic differences.

    The human scream can communicate at least six distinct emotions, according to new research published in PLOS Biology....

    Behaviour April 14, 2021
  • Children learn bias against social groups quickly

    Even overhearing negative comments evokes discrimination, study finds.

    Children as young as seven years old can become biased against social groups after overhearing derogatory comments ab...

    Behaviour March 24, 2021
  • COVID Booster

    Five things we learned about COVID-19 this week.

    Health experts are no better than students at detecting fake COVID news A team of German researchers have found th...

    Medicine March 13, 2021
  • A new world, saved by circles

    A quiet revolution is underway that may help save the planet.

    Imagine a world where the things we buy don’t end their lives in landfill, but rather are turned into components for ...

    Sustainability March 11, 2021
  • A sugar tax is good for all

    The UK’s sugar tax hasn’t affected overall buying habits but has reduced sugar intake.

    A study has found that, a year after the introduction of a sugar tax, people were still purchasing the same amount of...

    Nutrition March 11, 2021
  • Rich feelings: better or worse?

    Study suggests the wealthy have greater self-regard, but aren’t more compassionate.

    It’s the age-old question: we all want money, but does it make us happy? Invariably, the answer is nuanced but some c...

    Body and Mind March 10, 2021
  • Homo sapiens: the water-saving ape

    Humans evolved to run on less water than primate relatives.

    It’s an age-old question in evolution: how did humans become the dominant primate, able to venture out from tropical ...

    Behaviour March 6, 2021
  • You may have missed…

    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    A round up of the stories that may have snuck past you in this week's edition of science digest... Sharks aren’t s...

    Physics March 1, 2021
  • Are theists more moral than atheists?

    Is morality just for believers? Probably not.

    A team of researchers led by Tomas Ståhl of the University of Illinois, USA, found that both atheist and theist moral...

    Behaviour February 25, 2021
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