Hearing Trick Convinces People Their Arms are Made of Stone

If your arm falls asleep for a while, it can sort of feel like it's made of rubber. But how do you make your arm feel like it's made of marble? According to Italian researchers, all you need is the sound of a hammer tapping stone. And some psychological trickery. Read More >>

The Stanford Prison Experiment: Student Torture in the Name of Science

In the summer of 1971, on the campus of one of the top universities in the US, and under the supervision of a faculty member, 11 students tortured 10 others over a six-day period, all in the interest of "science." Read More >>

Facebook Might Actually be Good for Your Brain (if You're Dyslexic)

I'm not a kid anymore, but I can only assume today's parents are telling their kids "Facebook will rot yer brains". In fact, the opposite might be true, according to a teeny, tiny little study. Especially for kids with dyslexia. Read More >>

You're Stupid and You Click on Adverts if They're in a Different Shade of Blue

Google has managed to squeeze a magical extra £200m out of its internet advertising trade over recent years, not through forcing yet more ads out there onto the margins of the internet, but by simply changing the shade of blue used by default to illustrate its text link adverts. Read More >>

A Crash Course in Psychology

The brain is a wonderful yet incredibly complicated thing that scientists are still seeking to fully understand. This short video provides a whistlestop tour of the current state of psychology—the study of our complex mental functions and behaviours. Read More >>

How Science is Helping Us Understand Paedophilia

There is no good or pleasant way to broach the subject of paedophilia. But while we find the subject abhorrent, scientists are working hard to try and understand what happens in the minds of those who are attracted to children. Read More >>

Where Emotions Hit You, Visualised

Nerves make your stomach churn; embarrassment brings a glow to your cheeks. Emotions clearly have a direct physiological effect on our bodies, and now a team of Finnish researchers has analysed exactly how—and represented them in this visualisation. Read More >>

Playing Super Mario 64 Makes Your Brain Bigger

You know how your mum used to yell that playing video games would turn your brain into mush? Turns out she was exactly wrong. A new study shows that playing Super Mario 64 for half an hour a day over the course of two months causes a "significant" increase in brain size. Read More >>

What Happens to Your Brain When You're Scared Out of Your Mind

Everyone knows what it feels like to be absolutely terrified. And while it might not be your favourite flavour of fun, you can't deny it's a rush. That's because your brain takes fear as a cue to start dishing out its own kind of halloween sweets in the form of delicious neurotransmitters. Read More >>

Brain Scans Reveal That Humans Definitely Feel Empathy For Robots

While creating an empathetic robot is a long-held dream, understanding whether humans genuinely empathise with robots should—in theory—be easier. Now, a team of scientists have analyzed fMRI brain scans to reveal that humans have similar brain function when shown affection and violence being inflicted on both humans and robots. Read More >>

Why Have We Stopped Seeing UFOs in the Skies?

One late evening in the early summer of 1981, lying sleepless in my student bedsit at the top of a house in Manchester, I became aware of a pattern of bright flashing lights on the wall. All I could see through the curtainless window on the opposite side of the room was a strip of rather cloudy night sky. The vivid flashing was coming from within, or perhaps behind, a bank of cloud. As I continued to watch, an object materialised from within the cloud, advancing until it stood in plain view in the night sky. Read More >>

83 Per Cent of Radiologists Didn't Spot the Gorilla Hiding in This CT Scan

You've almost certainly seen the dancing gorilla video which demonstrates the theory of change blindness — a phenomenon which means we don't see changes we're not expecting. Now, an updated experiment shows that the same may be true of radiologists analysing CT images. Read More >>

There Is No Offline Anymore

Technology pervades our lives. But while many writers argue that such a phenomenon should see us rebel and take time away from our gadgets to experience some national "real life", Nathan Jurgenson has other ideas. Instead, as he sees it, there is no offline any more. Read More >>

How Depressed People Use the Internet

The internet is different things to different people: a social hub, gigantic reference library or, for some, a place to seek solace. In fact, research shows that the way depressed individuals use the internet is dramatically different to the norm—and the findings could help diagnose depression earlier. Read More >>

Your Workout Motivation Could Soon Come in Pill Form

Running, swimming, cycling: ugh, they're all so much effort. Wouldn't it be just great if you could magically boost your motivation to exercise? Well, soon you might be able to, because scientists have discovered a compound that could do just that. Read More >>


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