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Improving our Teachers: Improving our Learners

In an idealised world, all children, regardless of ethnicity, religion or attainment levels, would be able to achieve the highest they can within the education system, and work should be…

A Drunk Heart Speaks a Sober Mind

The Dark Triad as a whole can be thought of as a short-term, agentic, exploitative social strategy [9]. Therefore, evolutionary psychologists suggest that Dark Triad traits are beneficial to those who…

Bibi Ergo Sum – I have drunk therefore I am

Recent research at the University of Liverpool has been exploring the effects of placebo-alcohol. This work suggests it is not just the pharmacological properties of alcohol that cause intoxication and…

Are You Smarter Than A Chimpanzee?

What makes humans special? What makes us different from animals?   “Are You Smarter Than A Chimpanzee?” is Ben Ambridge’s entertaining, illuminating new book that has a surprising answer. Really,…

Can you train your way to a smarter brain?

Experts such as chess masters and professional musicians possess superior cognitive ability compared to the general population. As such, some researchers have proposed that playing chess or learning music is an effective…

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Art as an early indicator for neurological deterioration

One of Liverpool University’s top psychologists, Dr Alex Forsythe, has recently published a fascinating article that will aid society’s battle with dementia. Dementia is reaching astonishing levels with approximately 850,000…

Scanning For Psychopaths

A recent finding by Dirk et al. (2016) used brain scans to show how a combination of individual traits function differently in criminals. Specifically, a strong focus on reward and…