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Psychopaths and You

In the simplest possible terms, a psychopath is someone who is pathologically selfish. “Finally,” you might think “I have a legimate excuse to spend all my parents’ money on videogames and hard candy (is that what the kids like nowadays?)”. But, read on.

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life in the monkeysphere

If your mother died tomorrow, you’d be sad. Incredibly sad. But, if instead of your mother, it was 30 people in a tiny village on the other side of planet, you probably wouldn’t be as upset. Why? They’re all people. Logically, you should be 30 times as sad about the …

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The Science of Laughter

I love comedy, and I love science. And I love it when those two things are put together. Here’s a selection of shows where they do just that:

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B.F. Skinner and his Magical Box O’ Pigeons

Burrhus Frederic Skinner had a plan. He was going to save the world. And he would do it with a pigeon, a small steel box, and a bag of food pellets. Skinner was a Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Throughout his academic career, he studied behaviourism, a school of …

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An A-Z of ADHD

Cast your mind back to the distant year of 1999. It was the year that featured the introduction of the Euro, the launch of Napster.com, and most importantly, the release of Sonic Adventure for the Sega Dreamcast, a move which ushered in a new renaissance for videogaming, and ensured Sega’s …

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Phalluses and Fallacies: A Brief History of Freud

Sigmund Freud was an Austrian Neurologist (or ‘Brain-Science-Man’) who rose to prominence within the scientific community around the beginning of the 20th century. He’s best known as the person who founded the discipline of Psychoanalysis, and is one of the most recognisable figures in all of Psychology. He was also …

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The Great Bristol Data Mountain

This month was the 21st anniversary of one of the most ambitious and complex scientific studies ever carried out in the U.K. Apart from, perhaps, the experiment to see which brand of biscuit took the longest to crumble in tea. The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, also known …

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