Human memory doesn’t work like a video camera, simply recording a scene as it happens. But researchers know how to help children recall information accurately.
Here are some reasons for the natural human tendency to avoid or reject new information that runs counter to what you already know – and some tips on how to do better.
Two Australians with bipolar have been successfully treated with poo transplants, allowing them to come off, or reduce, their medications. Here’s where the science is up to.
We’ve all heard an exasperated “do your research!” from people who want to persuade us to accept their claim or point of view. The problem is it’s not likely to convince anyone.
In most countries, ignorance about how to use evidence properly to inform decision-making has led to missteps during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s how to do better.
New research shows the choices we make, and our perceptions of the world, are biased by our initial impressions.
Good science doesn’t eliminate uncertainty: it explains it.
Take a closer look at what’s driving climate change and how scientists know CO2 is involved, in a series of charts examining the evidence in different ways.
The African evidence community has built strong relationships across traditional boundaries. This has allowed researchers to mobilise quickly and effectively to improve policy outcomes.
Because little scientific evidence exists for trans medical treatments, doctors are often wary when working with trans people, even if they realize it’s in the patients’ best interests to do so.
Summer can bring out the bugs. Here’s what to do if you miss a spot when applying insect repellent.
The limitations of traditional literature review approaches could be improved relatively easily with a few key procedures.
In a crisis, there’s no time to get perfect evidence. The evidence that lockdowns contain contagion and boost subsequent economic growth is persuasive.
Conviction rates for sexual offences remain low, despite legal reforms in recent years. One reason is the criminal standard of ‘reasonable doubt’ when supporting evidence may be difficult to produce.
The internet has allowed pseudoscience to flourish. Artificial intelligence could help steer people away from the bad information.
Transforming the civil service needs to go far beyond what degree new recruits studied.
Professional societies of doctors, surgeons or physiotherapists are more likely to recommend against treatments provided by others, our new research shows.
Research into contextual bias needs to be more rigorous so recommendations can be made about its effect on forensic analysis.
New international research shows one in four physiotherapists provide treatments that aren’t based on evidence. These treatments aren’t likely to cause harm, but they might waste patients’ time.
National drug regulators use evidence from clinical trials to decide whether new cancer drugs will be approved for use. But these studies are often flawed.