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

We're sleeping more in lockdown, but the quality is worse

A year into the pandemic, sleep scientists are beginning to understand how our sleep has changed.

Rebecca Crowley, Phd Candidate, Psychology, Royal Holloway • conversation
March 1, 2021 ~6 min

Artificial insemination in captive lions is bad news for conservation

Presenting accounts of technological success in captive lion breeding against the backdrop of rapidly diminishing wildlife loss lets humans off the hook too easily.

Jackie Abell, Reader/Associate Professor in Psychology, Coventry University • conversation
Feb. 26, 2021 ~6 min

Five ways boredom could be changing your behaviour, for better or worse

Boredom can make you angry, impulsive or find meaning in life.

Wijnand Van Tilburg, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Essex • conversation
Feb. 24, 2021 ~7 min

Phone call anxiety: why so many of us have it, and how to get over it

If you find phone calls stressful, there are a few things you can do to make it easier.

Ilham Sebah, Teaching Fellow in Psychology, Royal Holloway • conversation
Feb. 23, 2021 ~6 min

Extremist minds: these psychological traits might help identify people vulnerable to becoming radicalised

We found parallels between how individuals perform in brain games and the kind of political attitudes they adhere to.

Leor Zmigrod, Research Fellow in the Psychology of Ideologies, University of Cambridge • conversation
Feb. 22, 2021 ~6 min

The science of 'mind-reading': our new test reveals how well we understand others

Scientists have not properly distinguished mind-reading from empathy - until now.

Punit Shah, Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Bath • conversation
Feb. 17, 2021 ~7 min

Should I stay or should I go? Here are the relationship factors people ponder when deciding whether to break up

People have plenty of individual reasons to stick with or end a romantic relationship. But researchers have identified some common themes that influence this big decision.

Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., Professor of Psychology, Monmouth University • conversation
Feb. 12, 2021 ~8 min

Why we're obsessed with music from our youth

Memories are closely linked with music.

Kelly Jakubowski, Assistant Professor in Music Psychology, Durham University • conversation
Feb. 11, 2021 ~6 min

Greta Thunberg effect: people familiar with young climate activist may be more likely to act

A new study documents the influence of Greta Thunberg on the public's motivation to act on climate change.

Sander van der Linden, Professor of Social Psychology in Society and Director, Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab, University of Cambridge • conversation
Feb. 4, 2021 ~7 min