This new King’s study is the first to find substantial genetic influence on children’s social mobility, which could have important implications for reducing educational inequality. Credit: © michaeljung / Fotolia A new King’s College London study suggests that genes account for nearly 50 per cent of the differences between whether children are socially mobile or

While under hypnosis, the test participants had to react on various symbols. In order to observe brain activity, the participants were linked up to an EEG. In this way, the psychologists were able to find out how hypnosis influences specific regions of the brain while it receives a visual stimulus. Credit: Jan-Peter Kasper/FSU “In our

Scolding does not necessarily cause a change of behaviour as researchers at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Würzburg have found. Credit: © Antonioguillem / Fotolia Parents scold their children to correct their behaviour, hoping that their offspring will discontinue their misbehaviour as a result. What’s paradoxical about this kind of punishment is

A UCLA study has identified changes in brain regions that may hold a key to why some people prefer order and organization and others do not. Credit: Patricia Marroquin/UCLA Why do some people prefer stable, predictable lives while others prefer frequent changes? Why do some people make rational decisions and others, impulsive and reckless ones?

Macaques, and other animals, have great difficulties in distinguishing between sequences of stimuli. This might be what separates humans from other animals. Credit: Johan Lind/N Humans possess many cognitive abilities not seen in other animals, such as a full-blown language capacity as well as reasoning and planning abilities. Despite these differences, however, it has been

A student uses a digitizer to record geometric morphometric sites on a skull. Credit: NC State University Skeletal evidence shows that, hundreds of years after the Roman Republic conquered most of the Mediterranean world, coastal communities in what is now south and central Italy still bore distinct physical differences to one another — though the

Golden retriever puppy. Do you think of puppies and bunnies when you think of your spouse? Credit: © Mikkel Bigandt / Fotolia One of the well-known challenges of marriage is keeping the passion alive after years of partnership, as passions tend to cool even in very happy relationships. In a new study, a team of

Insomnia is one of the most common health complaints. Credit: © Focus Pocus LTD / Fotolia An international team of researchers has found, for the first time, seven risk genes for insomnia. With this finding the researchers have taken an important step towards the unravelling of the biological mechanisms that cause insomnia. In addition, the

Researchers passed a weak constant electrical current through saline-soaked electrodes positioned over target regions in the scalp. Credit: Image courtesy of Queen Mary University of London Scientists have found a way to improve creativity through brain stimulation, according to researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Goldsmiths University of London. They achieved this

Can you clearly see emotions in the eyes of others? Credit: © elnariz / Fotolia Our DNA influences our ability to read a person’s thoughts and emotions from looking at their eyes, suggests a new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. Twenty years ago, a team of scientists at the University of Cambridge developed

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