Why Does a Thumbs-Up Gesture Mean “okay”?
Feb20

Why Does a Thumbs-Up Gesture Mean “okay”?

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 ?

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How Medieval People Used to Walk
Feb16

How Medieval People Used to Walk

I expect that you’ve heard of ‘Doing the Hussle’ or maybe even ‘Doing the funky Chicken’ (they’re dances by the way), but what about ‘Doing the Medieval Walk’? No ?
Well, it’s not a dance craze but a real historic thing.

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Valentine Conundrums : Why Does an X Stand for a Kiss? and Why Do Humans Kiss?
Feb13

Valentine Conundrums : Why Does an X Stand for a Kiss? and Why Do Humans Kiss?

A valentine’s day conundrum for you : Why does an X stand for a kiss? and why do humans kiss anyway?

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Blue Monday – Urban Myth or Science Fact ?
Jan23

Blue Monday – Urban Myth or Science Fact ?

Blue Monday is the name given to the day in January, typically the 3rd Monday of the month, that it is claimed is the most depressing day of the year. So is this a real thing or not … Urban Myth or Science Fact?

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Why do we Lie – The Science behind Lying
Jul28

Why do we Lie – The Science behind Lying

White lies, exaggerations, boldface lies, half-truths, lies by omission, bluffs – there are a multitude of ways to intentionally deceive someone and the human race seem sto be inventing new ones daily. But can we scientifically detect when a person is lying ?

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Swearing – The Science Behind Why We Do it
Jun30

Swearing – The Science Behind Why We Do it

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?

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Red Hot Science – Teams wearing red are more likely to win
Jun06

Red Hot Science – Teams wearing red are more likely to win

Psychology 101 : “Teams wearing red are more likely to win” – True or apocryphal observation ?

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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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Medieval Democracy – 8 things you (probably) didn’t know about medieval elections
Mar03

Medieval Democracy – 8 things you (probably) didn’t know about medieval elections

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 occurrence

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What is Love ? (Scientifically Speaking)
Feb10

What is Love ? (Scientifically Speaking)

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.

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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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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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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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