How Does Natural Selection Favour Self-Deception?

If being confident has ever won you a job interview, or if you’ve ever accidentally stolen a pen from a friend, you might have evolution to thank or blame.

How Adlerian Psychology Offers Effective Treatment for Common Mental Health Issues

Mental Health (MH) issues have a vast range of impacts for those affected, their relationships and the economy. Economically, MH costs the UK £100 billion a year and clearly this is unsustainable. The professional views in MH are conflicting and confusing in terms of causality, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment and many professionals are calling for […]

Handy Insight into Distorted Body Image

Does my bum look big in this? Well, it depends on your perspective, says Julie Gould The way in which others see you is, more often than not, entirely different from the way you see yourself. Self-perception is largely dependent on your state of mind and how you compare yourself with others. Tabloids and magazines […]

Not enough women in politics? Lower your voice!

In the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady, colleagues of Meryl Streep’s Thatcher tell her she will never become Conservative Party leader if she doesn’t do something to sound less shrill. She did just that, hiring a voice coach to lower the pitch of her voice, and went on to become the longest serving Prime […]

Are You a Social Network Junkie?

Things are all atwitter in the social networking sphere after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took the risky decision to float a proportion of shares for the site last week. Although this may not have been as successful as planned, social networking sites are constantly accessible, incredibly popular and seem to be unavoidable. Following revelations earlier […]

Remote Control Brains

Mind control is an unsettling prospect. Its psychology is far less obfuscated than its biology, which is fantastic for advertising companies and frustrating for scientists. Brains contribute about 2% of our body weight and require 20% of its energy requirement. We recognise early that brains are the seat of our humanity, autonomy and ‘self’ and […]

Grunt, Set and Match

Today we will see Maria Sharapova finally step back onto centre court for the Wimbledon Ladies Final. Undeniably a pleasure to watch, the annoyingly loud ‘grunts’ that Sharapova is now famous for are much less pleasing on the ears. Reaching levels of up to 100db, Sharapova’s exhalations can be distracting for both viewer and her […]

Bad gossip catches the eye

Gossip doesn’t just affect how you’re judged, a study shows, it controls whether people see you at all. According to evolutionists, a good prattle is vital in forging relationships.  It’s the human equivalent of chimps picking flees from each other. It’s also key to our huge social groups.  We quickly evaluate people we’ve never met, learning […]

Does sex sell?

The news has been inundated with talk fear that we are over sexualising our children. But are we as adults being oversexualised as well? It is true that we can’t turn our heads without seeing scantily clad models advertising everything from milkshakes to melon ballers. But does this really work? For suppliers to increase their […]

Behind the condition: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a debilitating condition affecting millions everyday. It is estimated that, in the UK, 2% of people aged between 18 and 56 suffer from some form of obsessive compulsive behaviour. Despite this widespread occurrence, however, there is much we do not know about the condition. Historically, OCD has been dismissed as having […]

Sexualisation of Children – Are We Missing the Point?

Padded bras and sexy MTV videos before the watershed have been blamed for sexualising kids. But are we all missing the point? Is it really enough for a kid to see a WAG t –shirt to make them want to be one? Is it really these products that will give children negative body image and […]

Beardy wierdy

Beardedness is not a word I would have ever expected to find in a scientific journal. However, it has sprouted up everywhere in one particular article published in the journal Psychological Reports. Beardedness – the condition of having a beard – apparently serves as a signal fora great number of qualities. From the first downy […]

The Science of Talent

Yesterday was the final of Britain’s Got Talent. Though I can’t deny watching the general public take to the stage is entertaining and often times hilarious, occasionally I worry that the rest of the world is watching and concluding that the best we have to offer is a middle aged couple with no rhythm grasping […]

Baby boomers

Anyone who has ever taken a long plane journey knows just how annoying babies can be. In the cramped, stuffy environment of a plane cabin sometimes the only relief you can find is in sleep. You may, miraculously, find yourself drifting off, only to be rudely brought back to Earth by the sound of a baby screaming its lungs […]

Diversity over ability: how to pick the perfect pub quiz team

‘Swarm intelligence’ refers to how grouping can help solve cognitive problems and a study published in Animal Behaviour this week examined how this works in humans. Most companies work on the assumption that employing the strongest individuals will produce the best team, but theoretical studies have started to question this. One model has predicted that […]