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How babies learn what we want

When someone reaches on tiptoes for the cookie jar, ignoring the baby carrots on her plate, we see more than a literal act of reaching: We understand the beliefs, desires, and motivations that lead to the action in the first place. Research from developmental psychology... click to read more

  • Shari Liu | PhD student at Lab For Developmental Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Views 5936
Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 12, 2018
Children Prefer the Real Thing to Pretending

Pretend-play is a favorite pastime for American children. They mentally transform the here and now, preparing pretend meals in toy kitchens, frolicking around on fake horses, and feeding baby dolls with plastic bottles. By age 4, children spend approximately 20% of their waking hours engaged... click to read more

  • Angeline Lillard | Professor at Early Development Lab, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Jessica Taggart | PhD student at Early Development Lab, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Views 11939
Reading time 3 min
published on Mar 1, 2018
Short bursts of exercise improve brain function

We have known for a long time that sustained physical exercise, performed at moderate intensity, has a positive impact on the brain. Beyond brain health, exercise also improves cognitive abilities - people who exercise regularly have better memory, attention, or even intelligence, on average. A trend... click to read more

  • David Moreau | Research Associate at School of Psychology, Centre for Brain Research, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zeland
Views 7884
Reading time 3 min
published on Jan 18, 2018
By default, people treat immoral actions as impossible

Imagine that you're on the way to the airport to catch a flight, but your car breaks down on the side of the road. In this situation, some of the solutions you would immediately consider seem obvious: you might call a friend, hail a taxi,... click to read more

  • Jonathan Phillips | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Views 6586
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 11, 2017
Hips don’t lie: attraction revealed by dancing body language

Dancing forms a huge part of human social life, and humans often get together to dance when romance is in the air but what makes a good dancer? Human courtship is complex, yet we currently know a lot about the physical factors involved in one person... click to read more

  • Nick Neave | Associate Professor and Lecturer at Department of Psychology, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
Views 9953
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 27, 2017