Entries by Dr Raj Persaud from 04/2012

Pouring Petrol on the Flames of Rumour and Panic

| Posted 04.04.2012 | UK Politics

The government has been spinning out of control in a 'petrol panic', not least because it's ignoring social psychological research, which now mathematically models and predicts what drives rumour and panic.

Could the Secret of Success Lie In Being a Little Bit Less Clever?

| Posted 04.08.2012 | UK

If you had a choice, would you rather be a good brain surgeon, or a good parent? Would you rather be a good corporate executive, or a good friend? Gang members who are expelled from school without any qualifications, seem to intuitively know how to make and keep friends, without ever having to be instructed. Indeed they may be better at forming strategic affiliations than those techies and nerds who remain top of the class, destined to be made partners.

The Future of Disruption of Public Events

| Posted 04.10.2012 | UK

An analysis of the 'lone wolf' phenomenon suggests that to describe all such individuals as merely 'idiots', is to grossly underestimate what you might be dealing with.

Does the Secret to the Norwegian Massacre Lie in an Online Computer Game?

| Posted 04.17.2012 | UK Tech

On the opening day of the trial, one focus of the prosecution was the revelation that Anders Breivik played World of Warcraft, an online immersive virtual reality game, apparently almost "full-time" for a year.

Has the Trial of Anders Breivik Produced Enough Evidence to Now Make a Diagnosis?

| Posted 04.22.2012 | UK

Anders Breivik has been relating a harrowing account of the events surrounding the massacre of 77 innocent victims in Norway, but the testimony to date has, perhaps surprisingly given its raw detail, not really yet resolved any of the questions as to his motivation or mental state.

In Sex Research - Has the Holy Grail at Last Been Found? The G-Spot - Is the Fumbling Search at Last Over?

| Posted 04.25.2012 | UK Lifestyle

The front page of the Daily Telegraph, and newspapers across the world, report breathlessly the famous G-Spot has at last been uncovered. Dr Adam Ostrzenski, a Gynaecologist based in Florida, who has apparently published a research paper in the May issue of the 'Journal of Sexual Medicine', seems to claim he's found it.

The West-End Siege - Can We Learn to Bargain Better if We Use Hostage Negotiation Techniques?

| Posted 04.30.2012 | UK

On Friday swathes of the West-End of London were closed off, causing traffic chaos throughout the city, in a highly unusual incident for the UK. The authorities were dealing with a man who appeared to have taken an office hostage, and seemed to be threatening to blow up the building.