Kids with obesity need acceptance from family and friends, not just better diet tips, to succeed at managing their weight

A study of over 1,000 children in rural Oklahoma found that social and emotional health may be just as important as diet and exercise in reducing child obesity.

Laura Hubbs-Tait, Professor of Human Development and Family Science, Oklahoma State University • conversation
Oct. 25, 2021 ~6 min

Growing bigger prickly hedges can reduce the chance of extreme weather - and a lot more

Prickly hedges capture large amounts of carbon dioxide, and are great homes for insects.

Mick Hanley, Associate Professor (Reader) in Plant-Animal Interactions, University of Plymouth • conversation
Sept. 22, 2021 ~7 min

Have introverts really fared better in lockdown?

Popular opinion has it that introverts are thriving in lockdown – but studies paint a different picture.

Lis Ku, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, De Montfort University • conversation
April 12, 2021 ~8 min

Biodiversity: how our health and happiness depend on a thriving planet

All the ways plants, animals, insects and the bacteria around us can be beneficial to human health.

Melissa Marselle, Lecturer in Psychology, De Montfort University • conversation
March 31, 2021 ~6 min

How watching TV in lockdown can be good for you – according to science

TV programmes with certain themes can help boost our mood.

Kirsty Gardiner, Lecturer in Positive Psychology, University of East London • conversation
March 1, 2021 ~7 min

Why being resilient won't necessarily make you happy – new research

We are constantly bombarded with tips on how to stay resilient. But we need more than that to be happy.

Jessica Armitage, PhD Candidate of Psychology, University of Bristol • conversation
Feb. 3, 2021 ~6 min

How Biden's dogs could make the Oval Office a workplace with less stress and better decision-making

Research shows the presence of dogs increases overall human well-being, which can come in handy in high-stress work environments like the White House.

Ellen Furlong, Associate Professor of Psychology, Illinois Wesleyan University • conversation
Jan. 26, 2021 ~7 min

Six ways to 'reboot your brain' after a hard year of COVID-19 – according to science

The brain is surprisingly changeable.

Jianfeng Feng, Professor of Science and Technology for Brain-Inspired Intelligence , Fudan University • conversation
Dec. 31, 2020 ~8 min

Why living in the future, rather than the past, is key to coping with lockdowns – new research

Being nostalgic about the past can lead to a sense of loss in tough times.

Amelia Dennis, PhD Researcher in Psychology, University of Surrey • conversation
Dec. 11, 2020 ~6 min

Laughing is good for your mind and your body – here's what the research shows

Whether in the form of a discreet titter or a full-on roar, laughter comes with many benefits for physical and mental health.

Janet M. Gibson, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Grinnell College • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~8 min