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Are girls too good at reading to study math?

Girls have better academic paths than boys, achieving better results at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. However, they are still significantly underrepresented in math-related fields. This situation is a concern since these fields of study lead to the highest-paid jobs in fast-growing sectors, which are... click to read more

  • Clotilde Napp | Professor at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université Paris-Dauphine, Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University, France
  • Thomas Breda | Associate Professor at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris School of Economics, Paris, France
Views 77
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 28, 2020
‘Online’ integration of sensory and fear memories

Imagine the following sequence of events. First, you walk through the tropical rainforests of Australia and hear an (unfamiliar) booming sound then see an (unknown) bird-like animal. Some days later, you see a photograph of the bird (the cassowary) with the caption "extremely dangerous". Finally,... click to read more

  • Francesca S. Wong | PhD student at School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • R. Fred Westbrook | Professor at School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • Nathan M. Holmes | Research Fellow at School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Views 182
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 17, 2020
Is prison the answer to preventing violence?

Violence is a serious public health problem. There are significant healthcare costs associated with injuries caused by force. Individuals involved in violence can suffer lasting physical and mental health effects. The impacts of violence can also extend to their families, friends, caregivers, and communities. What can... click to read more

  • Anh P. Nguyen | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research, Aurora, CO, USA
Views 415
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 19, 2019
Silver-screen or starving? Predicting success in showbiz

In 1905 Albert Einstein had his "annus mirabilis", giving him an unassailable status as a genius in modern culture. Was this year a miraculous coincidence, or on the other hand could this have been predicted? Recent research suggests that perhaps unexpectedly, the answer is no.... click to read more

  • Oliver E. Williams | PhD student at School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
  • Lucas Lacasa | Reader at School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
Views 719
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 25, 2019
What could improve our children’s mathematics and science abilities?

Locus of control (LOC) is part of one's personality. It describes how an individual reacts to their circumstances. Psychologists measure it on a scale, at the high end of which are individuals known as externally oriented, and, at the other end, the internally oriented. The... click to read more

  • Jean Golding | Emeritus Professor at Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
Views 622
Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 6, 2019