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Study: New theory linking brain activity to brain shape could throw light on human consciousness

1 February 2016

Complex human brain activity is governed by the same simple universal rule of nature that can explain other phenomena such as the beautiful sound of a finely crafted violin or the spots on a leopard, UNSW scientists have shown.

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Opinion: self-control or government regulation? Squaring the blame for overeating

12 January 2016

People overeat. And people don’t always make the healthiest food choices. That much is clear. But who is to blame for overeating and poor food choices? And can we do anything about it?

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Opinion: time for a reset? How to make your New Year’s resolutions work

7 January 2016

New Year’s resolutions are set with the best of intentions. But they notoriously fail to translate into lasting behavioural changes.

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Opinion FactCheck: is there a link between early access to violent TV and domestic violence?

7 December 2015

Viewing violent television as a child probably increases aggression toward women later in life, writes Tom Denson and Andy Ruddock.

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The psychology of climate change

25 November 2015

How we react to the greatest challenge of our generation is all in the mind. Ben Newell explains.

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Study: Expert passport officers better at detecting fraud using face recognition technology

15 October 2015

Face-matching experts at the Australian Passport Office are 20 per cent more accurate than average people at detecting fraud using automatic face recognition software, new research shows.

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Study: Disaster reporting may encourage people to live in riskier places

12 October 2015

The hot weather over the October long weekend brings a reminder that Australia’s “disaster season” is fast approaching.

The summer brings bushfires, cyclones and floods to the forefront of our minds – never more so than in an El Niño year with temperatures predicted to soar.

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New diagnostic tool can detect psychopathic traits in pre-schoolers

14 September 2015

Indications of psychopathic traits can be reliably observed in children as young as three, allowing children at risk to undergo earlier treatment, a new study suggests.

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Study: Forensic examiners pass the face-matching test

4 September 2015

The first study to test the skills of FBI agents and other law enforcers who have been trained in facial recognition has provided a reassuring result – they perform better than the average person or even computers on this difficult task.

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Opinion: Merit-based appointments are not free from gender bias

3 August 2015

A growing chorus of female Liberal MPs are calling for their party to preselect more women to address the party’s gender imbalance. Sharman Stone wants mandatory quotas, while Teresa Gambaro has called for a 30% target.

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