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Articles related to behaviour

Browse: Gender Behaviours Inherited from Social Environment
Feature: Tasty Treats Diminish Our Capacity for Patience
A new study finds that our recent experience with rewards such as food can change our capacity for patience.
Browse: People Prefer a Human Face for Robots
Elderly people prefer to get medical assistance from a robot that displays a human face, according to Dr Elizabeth Broadbent of the University of Auckland’s Department of Psychological Medicine.
Browse: Parasites Turn Fish
Parasites can make fish left- or right-finned, or at least with a tendency to turn one way, according to researchers at the Australian National University.
Feature: Why Haven’t We Cured Addiction Yet?
Millions of people are struggling with addictions to smoking, drinking and drugs, but the search for new medications to help them quit remains elusive. Here’s why.
Browse: Maternal Stress Leads to Child Behaviour Issues
The number of stressful incidents during pregnancy has been correlated with behavioural problems in children up to 14 years old.
Browse: What Makes Baboons Bold?
Behavioural ecologists need to rethink their measures of animal boldness after two tests, supposedly for the same characteristic, did not correlate in baboons.
Browse: Your Baby Isn’t Mimicking You
Browse: The Hardest Word
Linguistic analysis can distinguish between genuine and falsified expressions of remorse.
Eureka!: Angry at Your Spouse? When Did You Last Eat?
Lower levels of blood sugar make us more likely to lash out, and the people we lash out at are often those we hold closest to our hearts.
Expert Opinion: Do Soft Drinks Lead to Teen Violence?
A study published in Injury Prevention suggests a link between high fizzy soft drink consumption and violence among teenagers, but how strong is the evidence?
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Neuropsy: Deconstructing the Donald
Donald Trump’s appeal to voters may be explained by a preference for authoritarian anti-establishment leaders.
Neuropsy: Personality Influenced by Brain Structure
Individual differences in personality have been associated with structural variation in the cortex.
Neuropsy: Too Many Choices
Decisions are most easily made when the right number of options are available.
Quandary: Adventures on the Dark Side
Cases of sexual attraction are bound to grow as “genetic orphans” seek out their missing parents.
Up Close: Prey to temptation: Our struggle with irrational health choices
Social epidemiologist Prof Ichiro Kawachi describes how mental short-cuts affect our health choices, often for the worse, and what can be done to help us make better choices. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.
Up Close: The cost of cognition: The blessing and curse of human brain complexity
Neuroscientist Prof Seth Grant explains how genetics gave rise to the modern human brain, and how the very complexity that characterises our brains makes them vulnerable to neurological diseases that reveal themselves in mental illness.
Up Close: Decision neuroscience: Emerging insights into the way we choose
Decision science researcher Prof Peter Bossaerts argues that investigating brain activity as we make decisions is generating new insights into how we deal with uncertainty and risk. Once the domain of economists and psychologists, the study of human decision-making is increasingly taking a neuron-level view, with implications well beyond economics and finance.
Up Close: The necessity of kindness: Altruism in animals and beyond
Evolutionary biologist and historian of science Prof Lee Dugatkin joins Dr Andi Horvath to discuss displays of altruism in insects, animals and humans, and how the often harsh evolutionary imperatives of survival can actually accommodate, promote or depend on acts of kindness and justice.
Up Close: Not merely emotion: Reclaiming "passion" as a driver of human behaviour
Philosopher of the emotions Prof Louis Charland argues that we need to reinstate the notion of "passion" in our understanding of human behaviour. Now little mentioned outside of the arts and self-help domains, passion has deep historical roots and may have important contemporary use as a lens through which to view certain psychiatric conditions.
Online Feature: Climate strongly affects human conflict
The Earth's climate plays a more influential role in human affairs than previously thought – both now and in ancient times.
Online Feature: Temper trap: the genetics of aggression and self-control
A new study concludes that people who are genetically predisposed toward aggression have inefficient functioning in brain regions that control emotions.