As in humans, environmental changes provoked chimpanzees to develop a diverse range of behaviours.
It's easy to judge people who escape from quarantine as not doing their bit. But if we use some basic principles from behavioural science, we might stop people wanting to escape in the first place.
The government has become an easy scapegoat as the pandemic has worsened. While blame can alleviate stress, grief and guilt, it can also be counterproductive if people trust less in their leaders.
What will help drive high compliance rates is clear communication from authorities about the restrictions and consistent messaging about people doing the right thing.
New data from the ABS shows how people adjusted their consumption patterns and behaviours during the early COVID-19 restrictions — and how some lifestyle changes have remained since then.
For many children, the pandemic means staying at home, not seeing friends or going to the playground. It's difficult to regulate emotions with so much going on. But there are ways parents can help.
Behavioural scientists explain why people react badly to paternalistic messaging from politicians. If you treat people like children and tell them to stop doing something, it has the opposite effect.
You've heard pregnant women talk about nesting, whether that's painting the nursery, or cleaning the house from top to bottom before their baby arrives. But new research turns 'nesting' on its head.
Large-scale adoption of simple, individual actions — like disinfecting our germ-laden phone screens — can limit the ability of COVID-19 to get a foothold.
The trick is changing our actual behaviour, as well as our intentions.
Cognitive neuroscience finds that regular consumption of pornography affects the centres of the brain responsible for will power, impulse control and morality.
You've no one to blame but yourself, according to science.
Research shows if time out is used occasionally, briefly and the child understands the process, it can be a useful parenting tool for kids aged two to eight.
Plenty of services use AI to study your behaviour to suggest new things to you. So could such a tool help you decide how to vote?
What's often missing from domestic violence responses are investments and strategies to stop men perpetrating violence in the first place.
The power of intention only takes us so far. Achieving goals requires strategic infrastructure to overcome obstacles.
Just because somebody else does something doesn't mean you have to follow. Or does it?
The way you and your partner use humour can shape your relationship, and even break it up.
Dogs have the same hormones and experience the same chemical changes that humans do.
If your child has a problem with defiant behaviours, there are a number of things you can do to avoid standoffs and reduce the chance of meltdowns. Here's how.