culture

Psychology offers us many interesting topics for study, but few capture the public imagination more than the study of close relationships. Our political leaders constantly refer to the importance of ‘the family’, the health implications of greater openness in sexual relations...

The notion of animal culture has gathered momentum over the last 50 years, fuelled by the findings of long-term field studies of primates and cetaceans. Researchers have observed such diverse behaviours as chimpanzees fishing for ants, orang-utans blowing raspberries before...

Food has long assumed a role in our society beyond filling empty stomachs – it permeates many facets of our life. A healthy nutrition intake is a welcome excuse for our passion about such sensory enjoyments. Would you choose the traditional English roast dinner, a lighter...

The littlest of things can have huge evolutionary significance. Before publishing The Origin of Species Charles Darwin spent years studying barnacles. If Darwin were alive today,we suspect that he would be mightily impressed by what we now know about the evolutionary impact...

How is it possible to investigate what it was like to be an early human, considering that mental capacities leave no direct traces in the archaeological record? One promising avenue is the study of ancient DNA. A draft sequence of the Neanderthal genome is now available (...

There are huge inequalities in the availability of resources to support mental health needs across the globe; it is estimated that greater than 90 per cent of global mental health resources are located in high-income countries (WHO, 2005). This is all the more alarming when...

Becoming human is one matter. Becoming French, Mongolian or African-American is another. Becoming Georges Sand, Ghengis Khan, or Martin Luther King Jr, is still another. (Scarr, 1993)

Historically, one of the most commonly shared assumptions
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