Dramatic mood shifts while drinking alcohol are normal, but for some of us, booze takes us down a path toward nasty, belligerent and downright aggressive behaviour. By studying brain scans of drunk men, Australian scientists have pinpointed the parts of our brain that go weak when we drink, making us meaner than usual. But like so many aspects of human psychology, it's a lot more complicated than that.
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The first Bitcoin transaction ever was by man who bought two pizzas. That arrangement would be worth over $123 million today. Regret was baked into Bitcoin from the beginning. Last year, somewhat inexplicably, Bitcoin's price rose more than 1000 per cent. That number has since dipped, but a single Bitcoin is still, as of this writing, worth around $13,760.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
New research shows that many young children, prior to reaching the age of six or seven, mistakenly believe that birthday parties cause ageing. It's a truly adorable finding, but the study also offers an important glimpse into the developing brain and our early tendency to seek out causal explanations for the unfolding world around us.
Recent scientific progress has allowed us to begin decoding the significance of many different patterns of activity in the brain. Researchers have begun to understand patterns associated with disorders such as depression, in hopes of correcting it. Other research has zeroed in on how language and speech is signalled in the brain. In one often-cited experiment, researchers were even able to convert the MRI readouts of the test subjects' brains into approximate renditions of the movie clips shown to participants.
You live and then you die and then you rot in a hole - or so say the elites, with their glasses, and their PhDs in neuroscience. This bummer reality has never appealed to many people. For example, 72 per cent of Americans believe in some kind of afterlife. It's a comparatively rarer, though still sizeable, breed of person who believe in some spectral middle ground, in which, instead of rotting or going to Hell, you float around and freak out your kids, or the new residents of the house where you were brutally murdered a hundred years ago.
The ongoing feud between President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reached absolutely bizarre, reality-bending levels this week, with Trump responding to reports Tillerson had called him a "moron" by suggesting that they could "compare IQ tests ... I can tell you who is going to win."
We know that our names may influence just about every avenue of our lives -- where we live, the school courses we enrol in, the grades we achieve, the jobs we choose, the jobs we get called back for, how far we go in those jobs, who we love and where we donate money. Now there's evidence that our names may also affect the way we look.
You surely remember a time you said a word to yourself and started laughing. Something about the syllables bouncing around your mouth just didn't make sense. Maybe the word was "booby" or "piss" or "dingus" or "moist". Maybe it was the name "Brumbpo Tungus" or "Scrimmy Bingus". Well thankfully, now science is here to science its way through humour, ruining the joke for everyone.
A lawsuit against two former Air Force psychologists who developed the CIA's post-September 11, 2001 "enhanced interrogation" torture techniques, James Mitchell and John "Bruce" Jessen, appears to be all set to go to trial after the defendants ignored repeated exhortations to settle -- including from the judge.
Playing games is ubiquitous across all cultures and time periods – mainly because most people like playing games.
Games involve rules, points, systems, as well as a theme or storyline and can be massively fun and engaging. And there is an increasing body of research that shows “gamification” – where other activities are designed to be like a game – can be successful in encouraging positive changes in behaviour.
Here's a cool bodyhack to remember next time you're embroiled in battle against a jar lid that refuses to budge: Use your go-to expletive. This trick was recently uncovered by Keele University psychologists whose experiments suggest that swearing might make people stronger -- at least for tasks requiring short and intense bursts of power.
The result of a new study from the University of Kent may surprise you. Researchers surveyed 100 adults, ages 18 to 54, on their feelings about revenge porn, which the researchers defined as "the act of sharing intimate, sexually graphic images and/or videos of another person onto public online platforms, such as Facebook."
Imagine attending a work dinner and having your boss single you out and order your meal for you. Then imagine that meal was meatloaf. Chris Christie may not have cared about it so much, but to many people, that would be considered an obnoxious move at best. Unfortunately, that kind of behaviour and worse is par for the course with Donald Trump, whose character flaws seem to manifest in horrifying new ways every week. But what Trump's associates may not know is that science, an enterprise the new administration seems to have little regard for, could help make their boss a slightly more tolerable human being. Insights from fields like cognitive science and psychology could curtail some of Trump's worst qualities, from lack of empathy to bigotry to narcissism.