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Language Diffusion

Mathematical models from physics can show us how a big language might eradicate a smaller one, Ida Emilie Steinmark finds.

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Is Your Messy Kitchen Giving You the Munchies?

January 22, 2017 • Snippets, Social Sciences • Views: 70

Chaotic environments such as messy kitchens can cause stress, which can then lead us to over-snack on calorific treats – twice as many cookies according to this study!

Robotic Etiquette

April 30, 2016 • Snippets, Social Sciences • Views: 939

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

Laughing at Stupid Jokes Can Help Us in Court

December 17, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 1879

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

How #FOMO may be affecting your mental health

November 4, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 2313

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

Can we use online games as educational tools?

October 29, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 2600

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

Does Rock Music Make You Happier?

August 31, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 2308

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

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

August 10, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 2220

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?