Playing Video Games Makes Your Brain 'Thicker' - And That's A Good Thing, Says Science

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Tech

Playing video games makes you thicker. And that's a good thing. A study study shows that there is a strong correlation (not actually a causal li...

The Art of Loneliness

Aaron Vallely | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Aaron Vallely

Having a friend die young, one realizes that their own existence is not guaranteed simply because of their youth. It might seem obvious, but it can be easily overlooked. Friendship is a quintessential and resplendent activity for each of us all, indeed, a luxury for the living. T

Ripping Into Awareness: Mindfulness Meditation on the Fly

Dianna Dunbar | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dianna Dunbar

"Let it rip... Do it to me. Teach me this meditation stuff!"... I looked at the man sitting before me: brilliant, driven, major health problems, too wildly busy to be sick, so overcommitted that running in ten different directions simultaneously is the norm. Sound familiar at all?

The Promise of Placebos - and the Promise Beyond?

Tony Lobl | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
Tony Lobl

"The placebo effect is real, quantifiable and in fact you're doing quite well with an active therapy if you can get as good a response as the placebo response," said Professor Jon Stoessl, director of the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre at the University of British Columbia.

First There Was IQ, Then There Was EQ, Now There Is GQ

Nia Joynson-Romanzina | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Tech
Nia Joynson-Romanzina

Even if you don't buy the science, wouldn't it be great to be Gender Intelligent? Wouldn't greater intelligence on gender differences/non-differences benefit us all, men and women, in the workplace and in our private lives? Hands up who would like to work for a Gender Intelligent organisation?

Why Your Dog Loves You

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We're terribly fond of anthropomorphising our pets, but what actually goes on inside the heads of dogs? Do they love us because we give them food or i...

Science Museum Takes on History of Mental Illness Treatment in Compelling New Exhibition

Victoria Sadler | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Sadler

Mental illness, how it is caused and what we can do to treat it is a pressing issue in contemporary society. Psychology has not always been perceived as a science in the outside world but in this fascinating - and free! - exhibition, the Science Museum has brought the scientific assessment and treatment of mental illness centre stage.

Five Reasons I am Grateful for My Anxiety

David Mochel | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

Anxiety serves as a cue to reconnect with the miracle of existence. It is not an exaggeration to say that I am genuinely grateful for the role anxiety now plays in my life.

Are Men Better Wired to Read Maps or Is It a Tired Cliché?

The Conversation UK | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Conversation UK

Any sex difference could plausibly be due to difference in the time-course of development between men and women. But, in general, it isn't the technical details which I am equipped to critique. It's a fair assumption to believe what the researchers have found, so let's turn instead to how it is being interpreted.

Dear Internet, I'm Just Going For A Walk. I May Be Some Time.

Bidisha | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

At the end of 2013 I will be stepping away from blogging until June 2016, by which time I'm sure blogging will be obsolete. It feels excellent to discard a cultural practice which sounds and has begun to feel like a combination of bragging, slogging, slobbing, blabbing, blubbing, gobbing, gagging, dragging and blagging.

The July Royal Baby - Does the Month of Birth Predict a Child's Future?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

You might consider that being born a royal means you are born lucky - are some people indeed born lucky? The luckiest people alive - or at least people who believe they are lucky - are born in May. The Royal baby, it appears, has missed out being born in May by around two months - how unlucky is that?

Brain Scans Can Reveal Your Emotions

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Tech

Scientists are able to identify which emotion you are feeling by watching your brain. The new technique involves the use of Functional Magnetic Res...

Religious Fundamentalism 'May Be Categorised As Mental Illness & Cured By Science'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK

Religious fundamentalism and cruelty to children may one day be treated in the same way as mental illness, a neuroscientist has speculated. Kathle...

Understanding Humans in a Scientific Age: Fundamentalism in Science

George F.R. Ellis | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Tech
George F.R. Ellis

Ever since machines were invented, it has been speculated that we too are machines. The rise of molecular biologyand molecular genetics,with its spect...

Emotionality of States and Symbiotic Realism

Nayef Al-Rodhan | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK
Nayef Al-Rodhan

The role and political repercussions of human ego, emotions and sensibilities in state conduct and international relations are, less transient and more pervasive than it is often acknowledged. This paper analyses the concept of state emotionality and briefly discusses the theory of " Symbiotic Realism, " as a more comprehensive framework for interstate relations in our modern, connected and interdependent world that takes into account the role of emotionality in state behavior.

Monkey Controls Robot 7,000 Miles Away With Its Mind

Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Tech

Not to be outdone by the moths, who can drive robots pretty well it turns out, the monkeys have gone one better. One has driven a robot... with his...

Monkey Controls Robot 7,000 Miles Away With Its Mind

Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Tech

Not to be outdone by the moths, who can drive robots pretty well it turns out, the monkeys have gone one better. One has driven a robot... with his...

Psychology of the Fiscal Cliff

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Ian Robertson

The fiscal cliff is a sort of prisoner's dilemma. Each player appears fixated on trying to rat to the electorate about the guilt of the other for the impending disaster. In the chaos following a fall down the cliff, the president and the Republicans each hope that they will escape with a light electoral sentence while the other is sent down for life.

Proof of Heaven? What, Here and Now? Why Not!

Tony Lobl | Posted 31.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Dr. Eben Alexander - who has worked at some of the most prestigious US medical institutions - has spoken of the need for a different "picture of reality" after he nearly died during a seven-day coma. His book "Proof of Heaven" has just been published.

Hacking: Not Even Your Own Mind Is Safe

The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK Tech

As if criminals being able to extract sensitive information from our computers and smartphones wasn’t enough of a worry, now scientists have shown t...

Who's A Brainy Boy Then? African Grey Parrots 'Smarter Than Two-Year-Old Humans'

PA | Posted 08.08.2012 | UK

African grey parrots are no bird brains - they can not only learn to talk, but they have outperformed human two-year-olds in a test of intelligent rea...

Should Anorexics be force fed?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

A dramatic rise in the use of compulsory admissions over the last two decades does not mean that psychiatric disorders have in their nature got worse, but that the prospects for those who have them seem more bleak. This is because a progressively starved, more disorganised NHS is less effectively caring.

Can We Solve Our 21st Century Life Problems Paleo-style?

Harbir Kaur | Posted 06.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Harbir Kaur

As we veer into an age of hyper-awareness, the ethics of how we use such knowledge is more pertinent than ever. Otherwise we may be faced with a future where courtship involves clubbing each other over the head (verbally known as NLP), whilst sipping green smoothies laced with our 21st Century love-potions.

Could This 'One Shot Gene Injection' Cure Parkinson’s Disease?

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A brand new form of ‘gene therapy’ for Parkinson’s disease has excited experts today, after it was revealed that it could revolutionise the way ...

Art, Neuroscience and Reception: Symposium at GV Art, London, 13 March 2012

Ruth Garde | Posted 29.05.2012 | Home
Ruth Garde

Art, Neuroscience and Reception was the theme of the latest symposium organised by Robert Devcic, Director of GV Art, London's foremost gallery dedicated to artists working at the nexus of art and science.