Psychology

Stay mum on your child’s weight

Parents in this situation are understandably torn. Say something, and they risk shaming a child or worse, triggering an eating disorder. Say nothing, and they worry they’re missing an opportunity


A dumb primate?

It is impossible to write a decent history of human society from its earliest days without taking the contribution of animals into account


Wisdom is a matter of both heart and mind: study

People with more varied heart rates were able to reason in a wiser manner, researchers found


‘Human sacrifice less likely in more equal societies’

Related: Why the Incas offered up child sacrifices They analysed data and observations from 93 traditional cultures that flourished from Taiwan to Madagascar, and from New Zealand to Hawaii to Easter


Couch potato? Your brain may shrink as you age

Do you love to spend more time watching TV or movies and hate to exercise? Go hit the ground running as poor physical fitness in middle age may accelerate brain ageing in just two decades, warn research


Making the brain transparent

The “tangle of spaghetti”, as neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth describes the wiring of the brain, has posed a singular challenge to researchers: how do you navigate an opaque mesh of 80 billi


The path to success

We come across very few students (at any age) who “enjoy studying.” Most of them study because they have to complete assignments, prepare for exams or escape scolding. Students seldom study for fun.


All the world’s in a moral panic

Twitter has lowered the quality of public discourse where blogs had once elevated it. WhatsApp forwards are personalised gonzo journalism, far more pernicious because people might believe such personal messages more than they would believe in a tabloid known and consumed for its sensationalism.


Lack of open spaces — and open minds

Urban India is intellectually conservative because it fears challenges and failures, in sport and real life


Memory awakens with a full night of sleep, says U.S. study

People who sleep for eight hours at a stretch every night are significantly better at remembering faces and names after seeing them once, a study has found.


New study uncovers the seat of happiness

The secret to happiness may lie in having more grey matter mass in a region of the brain called precuneus, a new study suggests.


Quitting Facebook makes people happier, shows study

You might well be addicted to it, but quitting Facebook would actually make you happy, suggests a new study done by a Denmark-based think tank, Happiness Research Institute.


Many children below five left to their mobile devices: survey

A small survey of parents in Philadelphia found that three-quarters of their children had been given tablets, smartphones or iPods of their own by age 4 and had used the devices without supervision, researchers reported


What kind of millennial news consumer are you?

The categories are “the unattached”, “the explorers”, “the distracted” and “the activists”


Like, dislike, and everything in between

The way society has evolved, you don’t have to explain positive feelings, but negative emotions need to be clarified in order to avoid judgement


‘Teenagers analytical in their economic choices’

If you find your teenage kids irrational at times and scold them for making bad real-life decisions, listen to their logic with patience as they may actually be more analytical in their economic choices.


Neurologist, writer, healer

According to neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran, Sacks noted that patients with left hemisphere strokes were, paradoxically, better at detecting lies than normal individuals


Researchers one step closer to cracking Alzheimer’s puzzle

Research groups at TIFR, Mumbai, IISc, Bangalore and the University of Toronto working together, may have gotten the closest yet to figuring out how the toxic form of the Alzheimer’s molecule looks.


Why people remember Mondays and Fridays

Do you ever wonder why Mondays and Fridays are the days you remember the most while dull midweek days carry less meaning, making them more easily confused with one another?


Why are humans not ‘birdbrained’?

Researchers have discovered that a small change in a protein in our cells could hold the key to how we evolved to become the smartest animal on the planet.