An Ig Nobel Prize-winning study suggests we need to rethink why imitation evolved.
To some Liberals, Turnbull is the person who plucked the mantle of prime minister from its champion of the conservative movement – Tony Abbott.
Collective psychology says that people behave not as individuals, but as members of a collective.
There are physical, emotional, mental and even business benefits to being virtuous, kind and acting with integrity.
Research shows that virtue in all areas of life contributes to good physical, emotional, mental and interpersonal health. It is, in fact, good for you to be good.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but plastic straws are ruining the ocean.
Technology drives fake news. Could it also stop the problem in its tracks?
We used the latest techniques from artificial intelligence to study how support for or opposition to a piece of fake news can spread within a social network.
Behavioural scientists says trick-or-treaters can give us insight into human psychology.
The way children make choices about candy on Halloween tells us a lot about human psychology.
Ford and Dominos have teamed up to deliver pizza by driverless cars in a public test in Michigan.
Domino's Pizza and Ford have teamed up to offer pizza delivery via driverless cars in Michigan. Is it the way of the future?
Digital games now know you so well they can predict your behaviour.
When school gets tough, do you think it’s worthwhile? Or time to give up?
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A high school science test, a Psych 101 course, long job applications: Sometimes it's hard to be motivated to succeed. As it turns out, how you respond to difficulty and ease can make all the difference.
One of these is a human, the other not. Can you tell the difference?
Experts may be dismissed when they express values, offer advice or make mistakes. But these expectations are unreasonable and unhelpful.
It turns out that most of us waste a lot of time looking for lost objects in the wrong places.
Not quite yourself.
From losing inhibitions and anger to schizophrenia and dementia – science is uncovering the role small critters play in a range of illnesses and behaviours.
Gotta catch ‘em all.
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The minds of Pokemon trainers have been manipulated using basic behavioural science.
Time to ditch those bad habits?
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It's the best time to make a fresh start.
A panoramic view of the interior of the Blombos Cave, which holds fascinating insights into human evolution.
The discovery of the world's oldest jewellery at the Blombos Cave in South Africa has resulted in a paradigm shift in our understanding of human evolution.
Understanding how evolution affects behaviour can help address societal problems.
Evolution also does not claim humans evolved from primates. Neither does it say non-human primates, including monkeys, baboons, chimpanzees and gorillas, will evolve into humans with time.
Ochre is still used throughout parts of Africa as a form of sunscreen. Its uses go back 285,000 years.
Ochre has many uses. It can be used to shed information on the evolution of the modern mind.
Whatever the adverts suggest, this isn’t going to increase your animal magnetism.
Do human pheromones exist? Despite the products some would sell you, there's no hard evidence yet.
Distraught Seattle Seahawks fans after their team lost the Super Bowl.
“The worst call in Super Bowl history,” read a headline in my hometown Seattle Times after Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll seemingly threw the game away with his ill-fated decision to pass – rather than…
Our reaction to disgusting things may be evolutionarily-derived.
Feeling queasy? How about deceitful? New research shows feelings of disgust encourage unethical, self-interested behaviours such as lying to get more money. At first look, these findings would suggest…