Category: Social Sciences
One Giant Leap for Mankind : The Evolution of our ...
Jan 7, 2022 | Science, Social Sciences |
What’s The Best Time to Post a Selfie (or an...
Apr 10, 2020 | General Interest, Social Sciences, Trivia |
What Makes us Right-Handed or Left-Handed?
Jan 24, 2020 | General Interest, Social Sciences |
Aroma Chemistry : What Causes the Smell of Old & New Books?
Mar 13, 2018 | General Interest, Literature, Social Sciences, Trivia |
Are you a Bibliophile, someone who loves books? If you are you’ll know the joy of buying, collecting, owning, (smelling?), touching and of course reading these textual marvels. As a bibliophime, is one of your favourite pecadillos the scent of a new book or the musky thrill of an old books smell? In this article we look at the chemistry behind that guilty little pleasure otherwise known as Bibliosmia.
How Do Ants Tell Friend from Foe?
Aug 8, 2017 | General Interest, Social Sciences |
Why do we Lie – The Science behind Lying
Jul 28, 2017 | Social Sciences |
Extra Senses – Beyond the ‘traditional five’
Jul 25, 2017 | General Interest, Science, Social Sciences |
Swearing – The Science Behind Why We Do it
Jun 30, 2017 |
Why the #*&! do we swear? We all let one slip occasionally-or maybe you express your expletives loud and proud. But does swearing serve any biological purpose, or is it simply a cultural taboo?Read More
Take Control of Your Dreams for Real : Lucid Dreaming
Jun 27, 2017 |
No this isn’t one of those infomercials or self-help articles saying “you too can achieve your dreams & life goals if you follow our 10 step programme … blah blah blah”. This is about lucid dreaming – the ability to conciously control your dreams whilst you sleep.Read More
Why Does Time Seem to Go Faster as We Get Older ?
Mar 28, 2017 |
As you get older does it sometimes feel that time is passing much more quickly than when you were younger? Why does our perception of time change so drastically with age? And is there anything we can do about it?Read More
What is Love ? (Scientifically Speaking)
Feb 10, 2017 |
What is Love ? : A very deep and involved question. However in this article we will restrict ourself to the scientific point of view. What is going on in our bodies, and brains when we fall in love or see the object of our inner most desires.Read More
Procrastination – The Science of ‘putting it off’
Feb 7, 2017 |
Let’s face it, we all procrastinate. We can put in a huge amount of effort in trying to avoid some other task. Sometimes more effort is put into avoiding something than just actually doing it.Read More
Predicting the social future – How do our Brains use Behavioural Social Clues ?
Dec 2, 2016 |
How do you know you’ll get a kiss? The cells that let brains predict the social future.Read More
Play it Again Sam – What is Déjà Vu ?
Nov 8, 2016 |
Déjà vu is French for ‘already seen’ and describes the sensation many of us experience from time to time when we are sure a certain situation has happened before. But is there any explanation as to why we should experience this ?Read More
Is there any scientific basis to the idea of “brainwashing” ?
Jun 14, 2016 |
If true, then the idea of “brainwashing” – that is convincing someone to do or behave in some way that they wouldn’t normally – has terrible consequences. It means people can claim they were under this infuence when they committed a crime and would mean that we are all vulnerabe to manipulation.Read More
Why do we blush?
May 31, 2016 |
Blushing is rather an odd physiological and psychological response to embarrassment or awkward social situations. Could there be any rational or logical explanation for this? What possible evolutionary reason could there be for such a strange phenomenon.Read More
How did Farming Arrive in Europe ?
Aug 28, 2015 |
The first modern humans in Europe were hunter-gatherers who arrived around 40,000 years ago. But around 9,000 years ago the first farmers arrived. These farmers came from the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East – but how ?Read More
Do Animals have a sense of Fairness or Equity ?
Jun 26, 2015 |
Have you ever wondered whether animals have any sense of fairness or inequality? Many dog-owners believe their pets are almost human. In this article we look at some of the research into this with dogs.Read More
How long has Antarctica been frozen over ?
Feb 20, 2015 |
Almost a century ago, the expeditions of both Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton found evidence, in the form of fossil ferns and coal, that Antartica has not always been a frozen wilderness. So what is it’s history ?Read More
Can Our Bodies Can Predict The Future ?
Feb 6, 2015 |
Following on from our earlier “Is free will an illusion ?” we look here at a new study that claims that “Our Bodies Can Predict The Future!” – or at least people’s bodies know a big event is coming just before it happens.Read More
Why do we dream?
Jan 6, 2015 |
This is one of those knotty questions that has many potential answers but tantalisingly eludes scientists. Nobody really knows why we dream; it may be a way to rehearse dealing with difficult problems, or it may be linked to learning.Read More
Inside the head of a trainspotter
Sep 26, 2014 |
So here’s a question … Is there a brain region that makes someone a trainspotter? Just...Read More
Does the Birth Order in Your Family Influence Your Personality ?
Jan 31, 2014 |
If you have siblings then you’ll be well aware of the pleasure and pain of growing up with both rivals and playmates. But does your order of birth affect your personality ? In this article we look at how birth order may shape your personality, behaviour and outlook on life.Read More