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The lawyer for the self-confessed Norway killer, Anders Breivik will enter a plea of insanity AFP photo/Facebook - Youtube.

The lone mad man? Breivik’s lunacy label stops vital questions

Societies, if we are to take the Freudian line, prefer to subordinate chaotic urges in favour of dull order. Civilization implies stability. By the nineteenth century, human society was digesting a range…
Looks the same to me… our personal experiences are not the best indicators of change. P León/flickr

Climate change, personal experience and the vagaries of memory

We see it in the media all the time. Regular beachgoers who see no evidence for sea-level rise, farmers trusting long-term experience over Bureau of Meteorology forecasting, Antarctic sea-captains whose…
Humans instinctively copy their opponents’ gestures during rock-paper-scissors, a study found. Flickr/arloguthrie

How not to win at rock-paper-scissors

Humans instinctively copy their opponents while playing rock, paper, scissors, suggesting the urge to imitate others is deeply…
Do not trust this face. New research links wide faces to lying and cheating. Flickr/Jake Mates

Study links face shape to lying

Men with wide faces are more likely to lie and cheat to get ahead than their narrow-faced brethren, according to new research…

Monkeys know their actions have effects

Rhesus monkeys can understand that they are the cause of certain actions and they possess a form of self awareness. The monkeys…
More studies are needed to conclude that early treatment provides long term benefits for sufferers of psychosis, a major literature review has found. Flickr/Arturo Sotillo

Review finds limited evidence for early intervention in psychosis

Early intervention mental health policies may be gaining favour in Australia, Europe and the U.S. but there is limited evidence…
Sadly, there’s no magic button to stop excessive gambling. Mick Tsikas/AAPimage

Get rich or die trying: when gambling becomes a problem

GAMBLING IN AUSTRALIA – Why do some people develop gambling addictions while others can dabble for years at the pokies or the track without issue? The Productivity Commission’s 2010 report on gambling…
We’d like someone to do something about climate change, but we’d rather it didn’t cost too much. shell belle/Flickr

What Australians really think about climate change

Current discussion in the news media highlights how polarised the issue of climate change has become. However, recent scientific research has shown that most Australians are sure about climate change and…
Ever had that needling feeling other people just don’t get you? Mick Tsikas/AAPimage

I (don’t) feel your pain: does Botox put the brakes on empathy?

The quest for physical beauty holds powerful sway, driving us to spend billions annually on a dizzying array of cosmetic procedures to improve on the hand that nature dealt us. But could it affect our…
By observing how the brain lights up in stressful situations, scientists have found city-dwellers are more sensitive to stress than their country cousins. Flickr

How city living stresses us out

As if any further proof were needed that traffic jams and overcrowding make us anxious, scientists have concluded that city-dwellers…

The impact of coming out

People who come out as lesbian, gay, or bisexual in a supportive environment experience real psychological benefits, according…
US psychiatrist Allen Frances is confusing the issues. Julie70/Flickr

Early intervention for psychosis: not just popping pills

A controversy is brewing on the website Psychology Today and subsequently in The Australian newspaper. At the heart of the issue is US psychiatrist Dr Allen Frances’ comments on the Australian Federal…

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