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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Does the Birth Order in Your Family Influence Your Personality ?
Jan31

Does the Birth Order in Your Family Influence Your Personality ?

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.

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Learning to Let Go – Self Organising Systems
Jun11

Learning to Let Go – Self Organising Systems

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” ?

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Why did we swap hunter-gathering for farms and villages ?
May21

Why did we swap hunter-gathering for farms and villages ?

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.

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Can Money Bring You Happiness ?
Feb19

Can Money Bring You Happiness ?

The age old question … Can money buy you happiness ? Psychologists think that they have a handle on it.

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