Our first live radio show of the year was great fun talking about zombie ants, lying, bees, and the Nobel and Ig Nobel prizes. Join us for some lighthearted conversations about science.
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.
Anne Petzold looks at research into why gender gaps are different for different academic disciplines
Anne Petzold finds that robots might help long space flights just by being good company
Rachel David on gender equality in STEM, and the need for role models
Anne Petzold explores the psychology behind making Power Point presentaions less painful and more memorable
Robyn Hopcroft explores the muddled world of morality
Jai Dongre explains why time flies when you’re having fun and the psychological basis of other temporal illusions.
(taken from the latest issue of I,Science magazine)
Polygraph tests are used across many industries and are often relied on during police investigations. But are they are reliable?
Cosy Science event on the psychology of crowd behaviour: Everyone’s familiar with that classic Dad’s Army quote: “Don’t Panic!” Of course, when the phrase is applied to real-life situations …
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
‘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 […]
Ever found yourself doing something that you know you probably shouldn’t be doing? And, when you’re doing said unscrupulous act, are you constantly wary of anyone who might discover and judge you? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. It turns out this fear of being caught is part of our evolved psychology. Acts of moral […]
If you’re reading this right now, you are most likely procrastinating, arent you? Don’t worry, I wont judge. Your brain is probably feeling very overworked, but you might also be feeling guilty that you’re not doing anything productive. So, here’s a video that has all the semblances of work – its got maths, and harmonics, […]
Yes, maybe it’s true that there are differing opinions on who we think of as attractive. Indeed, some people think Simon Cowell is good looking. Still cant get my head around that one, but I digress. Yes, people have their own personal prefernces – blonde or brunette, brainy or brawny, etc. However, numerous studies have […]
Collectors come in all shapes and sizes. Some are relatively tame, such as the humble stamp collectors and comic book hunters. Others are harder to understand. For example, Michael Lewis has a handsome collection of Moist Towelettes. Sergei Frolov has over 150 Soviet Calculators. Most bizarrely though, for 27 years Graham Barker has been scouring […]
There are those among us, myself included, who explain away their inability to say no to one more drink or one more packet of biscuits by proclaiming that they have an ‘addictive personality’ which somehow makes their lack of self control socially acceptable. Despite using this excuse many times myself, deep down I thought this […]
If you men out there have just broken up with your girlfriend, you will probably hear the platitude “time is the greatest healer”. Given enough time you will be able to forget that old flame and move on to someone better. Science has, unfortunately, shown this to be nothing but empty words. According to the Journal […]
I love it when science demonstrates something that is bloomin’ obvious to the rest of us. In the journal of Evolutionary Psychology, researchers have published a study showing that men are significantly more likely to pay for a meal when their female companion was attractive. The scientists showed pictures of women to 245 men, and […]