What’s The Best Time to Post a Selfie (or an...
Apr 10, 2020 | General Interest, Social Sciences, Trivia |
Is There Any Evidence for a “Special Link...
Jun 26, 2018 | General Interest |
The Four Stages of Public Opinion
Jun 1, 2018 | General Interest, Humour, Trivia |
Why Does a Thumbs-Up Gesture Mean “okay”?
Feb 20, 2018 | Trivia |
Why does a thumbs-up gesture mean “okay”? : Any Roman gladiator movie worth its salt always includes the obligatory Colosseum combat scene where the fate of a beaten warrior is given by the thumbs-down signal - or the thumbs-up if he wants him to live. But is this really the origin of this signal ?
How Medieval People Used to Walk
Feb 16, 2018 | General Interest, History |
Blue Monday – Urban Myth or Science Fact ?
Jan 23, 2018 | General Interest, Trivia |
Why do we Lie – The Science behind Lying
Jul 28, 2017 | 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
Red Hot Science – Teams wearing red are more likely to win
Jun 6, 2017 |
Psychology 101 : “Teams wearing red are more likely to win” – True or apocryphal observation ?Read More
Being British and the Art of Queuing
May 9, 2017 |
Being British can be a complex business and there is one part of our identity that will confuse ‘Johnny Foreigner’ no end – Queuing!Read More
Medieval Democracy – 8 things you (probably) didn’t know about medieval elections
Mar 3, 2017 |
Democracy isn’t a word that you would ordinarily associate with the Middle Ages. The most common perception of this time is of Kings, Bishops, Feudal over lords and right at the bottom of the ‘social heap’, the peasant all of them with no say in government. In fact it turns out this is not overall an entirely true picture and that elections were a reasonably common occurrenceRead 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
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
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
Learning to Let Go – Self Organising Systems
Jun 11, 2013 |
We like to think that things that work well come about through good organisation, rigorous planning and strong front led management. But is this really true ? If we look at nature there’s some excellent examples of self-organising systems that “just seem to work”. Can we learn from this and learn to “let go” ?Read More
Why did we swap hunter-gathering for farms and villages ?
May 21, 2013 |
About 10,000 years ago mankind began to abandon hunter-gathering as a way of life for farms and village life. We would naturally assume because it was better, more efficient, healthier. However there are puzzling problems with these reasons.Read More
Can Money Bring You Happiness ?
Feb 19, 2013 |
The age old question … Can money buy you happiness ? Psychologists think that they have a handle on it.Read More