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Robotic Etiquette

Touching a robot’s bottom triggers an unconscious emotional reaction – suggesting we respond to humanoid robots as if they are people, not computers.

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Laughing at Stupid Jokes Can Help Us in Court

December 17, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 1786

Artur Balabanov explores how much people are willing to let the majority make their decisions for them.

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How #FOMO may be affecting your mental health

November 4, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 2196

Holly Scott investigates how a Fear of Missing Out is leaving many social media users tired, anxious and depressed.

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Can we use online games as educational tools?

October 29, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 2427

Feeling guilty about spending your precious time playing games online? Feel guilt no more. Find out why in this article.

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Does Rock Music Make You Happier?

August 31, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 2146

Margaret Laurie explores the benefit of listening to heavy metal music on a regular basis.

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Meditations on mindfulness: all it’s cracked up to be?

August 10, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 2088

Mindfulness-based therapy - as a more 'natural' alternative to drugs - to treat depression or anxiety is very popular at the moment. But how much of the recent zeal for mindfulness is rooted in science, and how much is marketing?

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Should We Be Worried About Artificial Intelligence?

July 18, 2015 • Physical Sciences, Snippets, Social Sciences • Views: 3852

Emily Breen compares the opinions of technology experts on the development of AI.

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“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

July 15, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 3824

Kirsty McLean investigates the daunting world of false memories and memory manipulation.