It takes intelligence to find sick jokes funny

People with a dark sense of humour are more intelligent, more emotionally stable, and less aggressive. It takes higher cognitive and emotional skills to understand sick jokes. There’s nothing I enjoy more than a cleverly constructed, deliberately offensive and controversial joke – the more outrageous, the better. But it has to be intelligent. In other…MORE

Revenge is sweet after all

Revenge really does make us feel better. Social rejection incites us to seek to repair our mood by any means possible, and that includes causing harm to others. This is why…  A recent study carried out by researchers at the University of Kentucky, led by psychologists David Chester and C. Nathan DeWall, has confirmed that…MORE

I’m not a morning person…

New research shows that whether you’re a morning or an evening person really does depend on the hour of your birth. It might also help to determine a wide range of other crucial characteristics such as your intelligence, creativity or the likelihood of you becoming an artist or a criminal. It may even determine if…MORE

How our brains trick us into conflict

How is it possible that when presented with the same information, we come to hold such widely different views of reality?  The views we form about the world undergo a series of modifications before they morph into unassailable and resolute beliefs. But these changes are influenced by more than just the ability to comprehend and…MORE

The truth about multitasking (it’s bad for you)

Being able to juggle multiple tasks at the same time might sound like a great timesaving idea, but it’s not! Multitasking confuses the brain and leads to more stress and mistakes. Multitasking is an illusion. The brain’s natural limitations mean it can only process a limited amount of information at one time. This is because…MORE

An ethical placebo

There is an unresolved ethical issue concerning the use of placebos, inert pills routinely prescribed to patients because their effectiveness is long proved and understood, especially in cases where illness is psychosomatic. But is it really acceptable to lie to you patient? In a recent study of sufferers of chronic back pain, carried out by…MORE

Lack of sleep can change your personality

Just one sleepless night can make you emotionally detached, irrational, and willing to take unnecessary risks… In 1959, Peter Tripp (pictured) a popular DJ on a New York radio station, pledged to stay awake for 201 hours – that’s eight days and nine hours – for charity, while continuing to host his radio show. It…MORE

Clowning around isn’t that funny

There’s something strangely unnerving about clowns… The reason lies buried deep in our brains. WARNING: contains some strong language. The medical term for the fear of clowns is Coulrophobia, and it ranks in the top ten most common phobias. A surprising number of people find clowns creepy – some even suffer from a pathological fear…MORE

Smarter than your Parents!

Our ancestors were pretty stupid compared to our own children, who are definitely getting smarter. We already know that this learning curve has risen significantly in the last 200 years, and really shot up since the early 1950’s. The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) first came into use in 1947 and is still widely…MORE

Frozen

Ever been frozen with fear? Things happening so fast you don’t know which way to run? Felt like a rabbit caught in the headlights? It might be part of your evolutionary survival strategy.   The fight or flight response is something which everyone has experienced sometime in their lives, but fight or flight isn’t always…MORE