The San’s arrows may look dainty, but when tipped with poison they are lethal for hunting.
The early use of poison is one more indicator of an advanced repertoire of behavioural and technological traits that have characterised our species from the earliest times.
Rats were less able to find food after only three days on a diet high in sugar and saturated fat. So could a bad diet also be affect the human brain?
How you package the information matters.
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Are we in a race against climate change? Or is it a war? How does thinking of the past or the future affect your support for the science? Researchers are learning how metaphors and context matter.
The hormone oestrogen may play a role in a woman’s ability to perform two tasks at the same time.
In men and older women, a complicated thinking test appeared to overwhelm the part of the brain also responsible for moving one of their arms. They could only do one or the other.
The modern world is a complex place, even if we don’t think it is.
Humans have limited ability to understand complexity, but there are serious dangers if we oversimplify things too much.
Can plants really think?
A new study appears to show plants can learn from experience and choose a response. This raises some intriguing questions about the possibility of plant cognition.
Children learn to share and show concern from an early age.
Children feel sympathy for others from an early age. Two development psychologists explain how children can learn, based on feelings of sympathy, how to act more thoughtfully.
Computers are getting better at playing games such as chess.
Artificial intelligence gives us machines that can beat humans at games such as chess and go. How long before we see AI surpass human intelligence?
Glioblastomas are often resistant to the one type of drug that breaks the blood-brain barrier.
Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer that has a very poor prognosis. Despite the current best therapies half its sufferers survive for 15 months and less than 5% are alive after 5 years.
Running causes new brain cells to grow. But why does this happen? What is the evolutionary advantage?
HIV-positive women who suffered trauma in their formative years are likely to suffer brain function impairment.
The brain function of HIV-positive women who experienced childhood trauma is more compromised than that of women who are only HIV positive.
Pretty much all of our perception is an illusion, whether we’re walking down the street or attempting to decode the latest card trick.
You won’t be able to rely on this study to justify your chocolate binges.
Everyone loves a study that turns one of our favourite vices into a health benefit. Before you reach for a Mars bar or a Dairy Milk, let's take a step back.
Vanuatuans live in one of the world’s most diverse linguistic environments.
Studying diverse languages gives us invaluable insights into human cognition but more become endangered every month.
Anthocyanins, which provide the red, blue and purple pigments, may help protect against cognitive decline.
As well as being a favourite seasonal fruit, a bioactive compound found in cherries is showing promising effects for brain health.
Use it or lose it.
The headlines The Telegraph: Alzheimer’s disease: Online brain training “improves daily lives of over-60s” Daily Mail: The quiz that makes over-60s better cooks: Computer brain games ‘stave off mental…
We’re more likely to recall memories and information we’ve used frequently rather than those obtained at a particular age.
People with dementia judge the passage of time differently, and can access remote memories from many decades ago while being unable to remember events of the past few hours.
Caitlyn Jenner vamps.
Caitlyn Jenner's new TV show 'I am Cait' has sparked a fierce online debate about the validity of the transgender identity. Group identity may explain why the debate is so heated.
The difference between “real” time, measured by clocks, and our own sense of time can sometimes seem enormous.
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While few will dispute that a minute comprises 60 seconds, the perception of time can vary dramatically from person to person and from one situation to the next. Time can race, or it can drag.
To grow into healthy adults, children need lots of exercise. The best kind is when they are playing freely – even better when it is with their parents.
Globally, evidence points to children becoming less active because they would rather play computer games than be outdoors.