• How well can we model the path out of lockdowns?

    New work from the Doherty Institute points to a life free of COVID restrictions. Will it work?

    The path out of major lockdowns in Australia looked a little clearer last week, with the federal government announcin...

    Behaviour August 9, 2021
  • Kiwis don’t like noisy visitors

    Loud sounds can generate abnormal behaviour in iconic birds in captivity.

    The noises people make when visiting kiwis in captivity – such as talking or mobile phones ringing – can upset the ch...

    Birds May 5, 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...

    Behaviour March 10, 2021
  • The case for modest management

    Seems it’s best if bosses avoid the knuckle-dragging, silverback stuff.

    Leaders, if you want the best out of your teams, slices of humble pie might be just what you need to be serving – you...

    Behaviour February 22, 2021
  • Good games

    Feeling sad? Play Animal Crossing to cheer up!

    Get your islands ready and prepare your plant army because, contrary to popular belief, video games really could brin...

    Behaviour February 17, 2021
  • The stressful impact of alcohol

    How alcohol makes it harder for some people to stop at one or two.

    Enjoying a couple of drinks or three can be a great way to unwind, oil the conversation and unleash the inner merryma...

    Behaviour February 3, 2021
  • It has an effect, period

    Global study finds menstrual cycles are a key driver of women’s moods.

    A huge, multi-country analysis of menstrual cycles has revealed their strong influence on individual mood, behaviour ...

    Behaviour February 2, 2021
  • Do facial expressions transcend culture?

    Study supports similarities in how we show emotion.

    Humans are emotional beings, with feelings that show in our behaviours and facial expressions. But whether these mean...

    Culture December 18, 2020
  • Vampire bats choose to social distance

    When sick they keep more to themselves, study shows.

    Vampire bats, it seems, embrace what you could think of as social distancing. A new study published in the journal...

    Animals October 29, 2020
  • Partner Content

    "Hidden" thoughts in visual part of brain

    Thoughts may be hidden in the visual part of the brain.

    How much control do you have over your thoughts? What if you were specifically told not to think of something – like ...

    ASC Edits September 22, 2020
  • Sometimes we need to learn from others

    Scientists reveal when, and what happens in the brain.

    When you’re trying to decide what to order from a familiar menu, you’ll most likely draw from your own experience. ...

    Behaviour August 20, 2020
  • For young children, the choice is exploration

    Study suggests they’ll even give up guaranteed rewards.

    Young children are motivated to explore, even if it means giving up guaranteed rewards, a new US study suggests. R...

    Behaviour August 14, 2020
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