Psychology

Cultural sensibilities matter in parenting

Given the cultural differences in childcare practices, no one method can claim to be the perfect formula for raising children


How traumatic memories get hidden

The result could eventually lead to new treatments for patients with psychiatric disorders, say researchers


How our body clock is set

An Indian-American scientist has found a simple mechanism controlling the sleep-wake process in animals, which appears to have been conserved over several hundred million years.


Sensitive selling or clever spin?

Sensitive advertising campaigns sit cheek by jowl with those selling fairness creams. But the good thing about these new-world ad films is that they gently prod viewers to think, even if only for that nano second


Famous last words? Say them before it’s too late

I was at a funeral recently. The woman who had died had reached her ninth decade and had been a wonderfully kind lady.


Of girls, boys, schools and schooling

Gender stereotyping and sexism sets in early, particularly in the absence of co-ed schooling. It disrupts lives and careers


Your thinking style resonates with your musical tastes

Your thinking style can provide an insight into what kind of music you like to hear. This finding can help the music industry fine-tune its recommendations to individuals, new research shows.


Music training sharpens teenagers’ brains: study

Music classes help enhance skills that are critical for academic success, according to the study, thereby highlighting music’s place in the high school curriculum


Can gaming help erase unwanted memories?

Yes, it can, says study. Twelve minutes of playing Tetris seemed to have resulted in fewer intrusive memories


Our brain has a map for social navigation

The brain region that helps us remember locations and distances can also guide us on how emotionally close we are to others, a study has found.


Teaching the poor to behave

A fundamental principle of neoliberal thought is to find market-led solutions to socio-economic problems. No matter that poverty is often a symptom of market failure


Yes, there’s sexism in science

This collection of essays asks women to ‘lean out’ and be true to themselves instead of trying to ‘lean in’ or fit into a system designed and controlled by men


Talking to the pink rupee

Products and services for the same-sex community contribute to an increased discourse about their identity and will provide the final push towards mainstreaming the community


Aspirational parents and the harm they do

Mental health beds for children in England increased by 50 per cent between 1999 and 2014, but still failed to meet demand.


Pencil erasers may be the ‘devil’

Rather than worrying that erasers will make our children failures, shouldn’t we be more afraid of making them cruel?


The big meh

The digital era, spanning more than four decades, looks disappointing. New technologies have yielded great headlines, but modest economic results


Let us not essentialise the village

Caste mobilisation on the Internet reminds us of the desperate search for identity that Indians continue to make, tapping every possible resource — from nation and religion to caste and sub-caste.


The commodification of violence

People seem to perceive violence like a short-lived piece of chewing gum. Once the flavour is gone, one spits it out and forgets it.


‘Gender equality played a vital role in evolution’

A study has shown that in contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes, men and women tend to have equal influence on where their groups lives and who they live with.


Strangers offline, friends online

Messaging apps may be helping the youth circumvent physical firewalls and build deeper ties online. But there’s more