Behaviour

  • Pedalling towards better health

    A new study estimates that millions of lives could be extended if people rode bicycles rather tha...

    Bicycle riders have long known that riding maintains fitness, and biking has been used as a tool to promote public he...

    Behaviour December 3, 2021
  • Surfers saving lives

    Global study seeks to quantify the number of sea rescues performed by surfers.

    Lifeguards save thousands of lives on Australian beaches each year, but it turns out that quick-thinking surfers may ...

    Behaviour November 30, 2021
  • Why do we like binge-watching shows?

    Certain personality traits may make you more prone to problematic binge-watching.

    Looking forward to a Netflix Christmas-movie marathon? Watch out – binge-watching your favourite shows might mean you...

    Behaviour November 28, 2021
  • The art (and science) of procrastination

    Why can it take us so long to get around to the things we’ve said we’d do? Researchers have set t...

    Back in March, my mother called from Poland to ask if I could paint a particular sunset scene for her sister. I’d rec...

    Behaviour November 26, 2021
  • Is housework good for you?

    Can you get your daily exercise through household chores?

    We all know that physical activity is good for you, and people in high-income countries are (on average) not doing en...

    Behaviour November 24, 2021
  • Aussie dads are missing out on parental leave

    Workplace and societal norms are holding men back from time out with family.

    Social pressure and workplace culture are preventing fathers from using flexible working hours to take parental leave...

    Behaviour November 8, 2021
  • New loo protocols: Put a lid on it

    Research flushes out the risks of bacterial infection in toilets.

    Loo etiquette has a new standard: put the toilet lid down as well as the seat, because leaving the lid up when flushi...

    Behaviour November 3, 2021
  • Men are just more competitive? Science says it’s not that simple

    Women are equally likely to enter a competition, new research shows – but there’s a catch.

    When trying to understand America’s persistent gender wage gap, researchers have in the past decade suggested that wo...

    Behaviour November 2, 2021
  • Conversation

    Good news about screen time and kids’ health?

    Does this new study mean we can all stop worrying?

    By Brendon Hyndman, Charles Sturt UniversityA newly published study in the journal PLoS ONE suggests spending tim...

    Behaviour October 23, 2021
  • Trolling, abuse of scientists during the pandemic

    Scientists around the world have been targeted on social media and abused for speaking the truth ...

    Around one in five Australian scientists surveyed by the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) say they’ve experie...

    Behaviour October 14, 2021
  • Rise in “pay to cheat” university assignments during pandemic

    COVID exposed pressures in many areas of life, and contributed to tertiary students paying to che...

    The pandemic impacted many aspects of university life, including seeing a rise in paid cheating, suggests a new study...

    Behaviour October 5, 2021
  • Placebo effect

    “Honest placebo pills” are on the market, but does the science support them?

    The website for Zeebo Relief tablets reads like any other suspiciously vague alternative health treatment. “Help you ...

    Medicine October 1, 2021
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