A better way to play the blame game
Highlighting hypocrisy reduces anti-Muslim sentiment: study.
Researchers have found an effective weapon for fighting anti-Muslim sentiment: our innate dislike of hypocrisy. It s...
Human female orgasm mystery cracked
With the help of furry friends "getting down and fluffy".
An oversexed rabbit called Frank, aided by a veritable harem of bunnies on antidepressants, may well have cracked the...
Trump’s tweets are a matter of style
Analysis suggests they aren’t as unplanned as they appear.
The media narrative that maintains Donald Trump uses Twitter as a vehicle for spontaneous emotional outbursts, and th...
Working memory linked to road accidents
Study prompts call for routine memory testing of teenagers.
A study of young drivers in the US has found those who did worse on tests for short term “working” memory were more l...
More words don’t convey more information
Packing more words into a minute doesn’t achieve much.
Some languages are rapid-fire and others more languid – but there is no difference in the speed at which information ...
Tweets from the park aren’t all from the birds
Social media users are enjoying being there too.
Recent studies have shown how green spaces have a positive effect on our mental health, and now social media has prov...
Linguistic diversity begins with our palates
It’s not just our culture that shapes how we speak.
The different accents of the world may have their origins in the shapes of our mouths, according to new research. An...
Infants expect leaders to correct injustices
They learn early about social hierarchies and power dynamics.
It’s well-known that humans have evolved to rely on leaders to settle grievances in their social group. A new study s...
Laugh tracks do make us laugh – no joke
But it’s better if it’s real laughter, study suggests.
It’s annoying to have to report this, but is seems that “laugh tracks” work. They even make really corny “dad jokes” ...
Shifting stereotypes favour women
Study looks back at 72 years of public opinion.
An analysis of social attitudes in the US has found that women are now perceived to be as competent as men, if not mo...
VR could make you a better person
Researchers look at how we engage with a synthetic world.
If you’ve ever participated in a virtual reality (VR) experience, you might have found yourself navigating the virtua...
Lost your wallet? It may not end badly
People are more honest than economic theory says.
An international experiment involving over 17,000 lost wallets has revealed that humans are far more honest and altru...