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...
Cooperation arises in biological systems
Link between enforcement and suppression of selfishness.
New research published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution demonstrates that negative consequences for selfish ...
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...
Marriage doesn’t cure reckless spending
Spendthrift singles tend not to reform when they settle down.
People who tend to splash their cash are unlikely to become more prudent after marriage, new research shows. Hisaki ...
Online, being polite is appreciated
Keeping things civil in Q&A forums brings its own reward.
People want you to be civil when answering their questions online, but third-party observers aren’t so fussed. That’...