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
‘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
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
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
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