Being British and the Art of Queuing
May09

Being British and the Art of Queuing

Being British can be a complex business and there is one part of our identity that will confuse ‘Johnny Foreigner’ no end – Queuing!

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Why Do We Forget?
May02

Why Do We Forget?

Forgetfulness is irritating and can be damaging and distressing, but it may also be necessary for basic survival – so why do we forget ?

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Why Does Time Seem to Go Faster as We Get Older ?
Mar28

Why Does Time Seem to Go Faster as We Get Older ?

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?

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Procrastination – The Science of ‘putting it off’
Feb07

Procrastination – The Science of ‘putting it off’

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.

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Predicting the social future – How do our Brains use Behavioural Social Clues ?
Dec02

Predicting the social future – How do our Brains use Behavioural Social Clues ?

How do you know you’ll get a kiss? The cells that let brains predict the social future.

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Play it Again Sam – What is Déjà Vu ?
Nov08

Play it Again Sam – What is Déjà Vu ?

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 ?

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Why do we sometimes get a tune stuck in our heads ?
Sep09

Why do we sometimes get a tune stuck in our heads ?

Why is it that we sometimes get a tune or chorus stuck in our heads and play it over and over again even though it’s driving us crazy?
This is one of those questions that one wonders if there really could be an answer or is it ‘just one of those things’. Well some neuroscientists, pyschologists and evene marketers have something to say on this subject.

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Is there any scientific basis to the idea of “brainwashing” ?
Jun14

Is there any scientific basis to the idea of “brainwashing” ?

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.

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Why do we blush?
May31

Why do we blush?

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.

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Is there a Place in our Brains where Consciousness exists ?
May27

Is there a Place in our Brains where Consciousness exists ?

“We no longer have to wonder what self-awareness looks like – we can see it for ourselves” : A bold statement indeed. What we’re referring to here though is that scientists now believe that they can trace where they think conscientiousness physically sits in the brain

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Shock Scientific Discovery – “Men & Women are Different”
Aug11

Shock Scientific Discovery – “Men & Women are Different”

Sometimes science has a strange way of proving what every body else has known all along, so here it is : Apparently “Men and Women are different”. Not only that but their brains are wired differently!

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Do Animals have a sense of Fairness or Equity ?
Jun26

Do Animals have a sense of Fairness or Equity ?

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.

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Why do we dream?
Jan06

Why do we dream?

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.

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Inside the head of a trainspotter
Sep26

Inside the head of a trainspotter

So here’s a question … Is there a brain region that makes someone a trainspotter? Just to be clear we’re not having a go a trainspotting, we’re just being a bit flippant. What we’re really saying is that we all to some degree like collecting things but is there any psychological or physical evidence as to why some people do it more than others? The Collector in All of Us Some people take hoarding to...

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Why do we need sleep?
Jul22

Why do we need sleep?

It used to be thought that there was no special reason for sleep, however we now know it does have a purpose and function, but we’re not entirely sure what it is yet. In this article we look at the probable reasons for sleep.

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