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Black or red (or zero), the odds stay the same regardless of previous spins. Mark Seton/Flickr (cropped)

Wizard of Odds or Even Steven? The science of gambling fallacies

Imagine yourself, a picture of sartorial elegance and sipping champagne from a crystal flute, in Le Grande Casino at Monte Carlo. It is a Monday night – in fact, the date is August 18, 1913 – and you are…
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Does the unconscious know when you’re being lied to?

The headlines BBC: Truth or lie – trust your instinct, says research British Psychological Society: Our subconscious mind may detect liars Daily Mail: Why you SHOULD go with your gut: Instinct is better…
‘Hanging in there’ may well have neurobiological roots. Ars Electronica

If at first you don’t succeed … part of your brain makes you try again

Perseverance is a quality that plays a large role in the success or failure of many pursuits. It has never been entirely clear why this trait seems more apparent in some people than others, but a new piece…
I’m more of a cricket man, really. Ben Birchall/PA

By studying animal behaviour we gain an insight into our own

In the field of animal behaviour, there is one topic that is almost guaranteed to get your study in the popular press: showing how an animal behaves just like humans. This can be solving problems, using…
A game of bowls now, or Premier League tickets in a month? Your hippocampus can help. Crystian Cruz

Delayed gratification – how the hippocampus helps us hold off

Would you prefer a beer right now or a bottle of champagne next week? So begins an interesting new study published today in the journal PloS Biology. Of course these kinds of choices feature throughout…
A person’s social status can influence how we interpret their words, the study found. Steven Shorrock

Study links social status to how we comprehend meaning

A speaker’s social status can affect how we interpret their words, a German study has found. The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, involved researchers showing the study’s 18 German participants…

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