Psychology

13 February 2015

How is music able to give us the creeps so effectively?

08 October 2012

Decisions are not made equally. Situations, fatigue, hunger and a taxing day can all influence how we appraise and feel...

24 September 2012

Your memories may be less reliable than you think. Research has shown that not only do our memories often play tricks...

29 December 2009

We’re all searching for happiness, but do we really know what this is or where to find it? Douglas E. Richards gives...

13 October 2009

For anyone fresh out of frogs and tempted to kiss a toad instead, this article has a word of warning. Although certain...

01 October 2009

Noam Chomsky, a rookie professor at MIT, published a ground-breaking book called Syntactic Structures, which set out a...

04 October 2008

Flies are creatures of habit - at least that's what the latest research on the fruit fly Drosophila has found. In...

22 April 2008

I.Q. scores have been rising steadily, by about 3 points per decade, ever since they were first administered. This is...

14 January 2008

So what exactly is linguistics? Is it all about tape recorders, tongue twisters and dropped "aitches"? Or is...

27 November 2007

The Pythia, the prophetess at the Oracle of Delphi, was said to be able to communicate with Apollo by going into a...

17 May 2006

How much do we know about what makes people thrive and societies flourish? We know remarkably little about the positive...

03 May 2006

One day someone will write a book that explains consciousness. The book will put forward a theory that fills the gap...

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15 March 2006

For the last 75 years the average IQ test score has been increasing in every industrialised country in the world. Are...

01 March 2006

Sleep paralysis researcher Julia Santomauro explores the phenomenon of sleep paralysis including what is sleep...

14 February 2006

Claire McLoughlin describes the chemistry of love and what happens when we fall in love, including substances that make...

30 November 2005

Researchers have been investigating how the unexpected affects how well and what you remember. If you want to be...

09 November 2005

Ask any A level physicist why we see the colours that we do and they should have no problem with the answer. Martin...

26 October 2005

Dan looks at dream interpretation again and may reveal that meaningful dream interpretation can reliably be...

28 September 2005

SEX: A short word. Often used. Often used to sell products in fact. Yet it is one of our base instincts, one of our...

14 September 2005

If you want a sure-fire conversation starter to pull out of your pocket during an awkward social moment, try this: Why...

22 June 2005

The life of a laboratory animal is not generally an enviable one. However, for some fruitflies in San Francisco it must...

25 May 2005

Can we all be brilliant? Bit by bit thousands of researchers are trying to untangle the workings of the brain. But how...

27 April 2005

Previously dan looked at relatively simple dreams in which this pattern readily could be perceived. Now we shall see...

12 January 2005

Dan starts a three part series on dream interpretation. He starts by looking at how theoreticians have viewed dreams,...