COVID-19 vaccine: how the 'mum test' can help ensure take-up

Personal stories work better than statistics when it comes to converting sceptics.

David Comerford, Senior Lecturer of Behavioural Science, University of Stirling • conversation
Nov. 13, 2020 ~6 min

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Research shows lullabies in any language relax babies

Researchers at Harvard’s Music Lab have determined that American infants relaxed when played lullabies that were unfamiliar and in a foreign language.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite • harvard
Oct. 19, 2020 ~6 min

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Chimpanzees in volatile habitats evolved to behave more flexibly – it could help them weather climate change

As in humans, environmental changes provoked chimpanzees to develop a diverse range of behaviours.

Fiona Stewart, Visiting Lecturer in Primatology, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~7 min

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Animals are picky eaters too – we're trying to discover if parents teach them what's safe to eat

New research shows how tamarin monkeys transfer new types of food to their young.

Camille Troisi, Postdoctoral Researcher in Behavioural Ecology, University College Cork • conversation
Aug. 24, 2020 ~6 min

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How can we stop people wanting to buy illegal wildlife products?

Promote new habits, find out why people engage with the wildlife trade and don't make it seem more widespread than it really is.

Diogo Veríssimo, Research Fellow in Conservation, University of Oxford • conversation
July 9, 2020 ~7 min

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How captive animals are coping with the sudden emptiness of the world's zoos and aquariums

One aquarium in Japan has asked the public to make video calls to captive garden eels so they don't forget about human visitors.

Jessica Rendle, Honorary Postdoctoral Associate in Conservation Medicine, Murdoch University • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~6 min

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Coronavirus quarantine could provide lessons for future space travel on how regular people weather isolation

Understanding isolation's effects on regular people, rather than those certified to have 'the right stuff,' will help prepare us for the future, whether another pandemic or interplanetary space travel.

Inga Popovaite, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, University of Iowa • conversation
April 20, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus: how the UK government is using behavioural science

Behavioural science explained.

Stuart Mills, PhD Researcher, Manchester Metropolitan University • conversation
March 24, 2020 ~7 min

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Panic buying in the wake of COVID-19 underscores inequalities in South Africa

Most consumers in South Africa aren't able to fill up a trolley of groceries for their daily needs, let alone join the panic buying induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

James Lappeman, Head of Projects, UCT Liberty Institute of Strategic Marketing, University of Cape Town • conversation
March 22, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus should give us hope that we are able to tackle the climate crisis

The response to coronavirus shows us that people can still work together to do the right thing.

David Comerford, Program Director, MSc Behavioural Science, University of Stirling • conversation
March 9, 2020 ~8 min

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