Natasha Ong

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Christmas shopping so stressful it triggers primal 'fight or flight' response

Battling through throngs of Christmas shoppers has become as much a part of the festive season as trees and mince pies. But psychologist Dr David Lewis claims crowds are so big now they are stirring up deep primal fears.<p>Christmas shopping feels so stressful because huge crowds spark a primal ‘fight …

Brain Stimulation May Induce the Human Will to Persevere

One epilepsy patient reported a flushing in his chest and described a feeling of determinedness, like getting ready to drive through a storm. A …

Newborn babies may be more developed than we think

My baby could not look more like a subject in a laboratory experiment. Wearing a soft white skullcap attached by long wires to an EEG machine measuring his brain activity, he is also surrounded by computer equipment and fussing researchers at University College London. "Hopefully you'll be …

Reinforcing gender stereotypes: how our schools narrow children's choices

Children learn sexism at school. So says the headline of a piece in the Guardian a couple of weeks ago, in response to a shocking report on the experiences of more than a thousand Girl Guides. Primary school children who feel they have to diet in order to conform to airbrushed images in the media, …

Shortcut lets brain make memories in a flash

Nerve cells have a special “pre-assembly” technique that enables the brain to quickly form memories.<p>The technique speeds up protein production at …

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Little kids need conversation to pick up language

By speaking directly to their toddlers, parents can help them learn to process language more quickly, which speeds up vocabulary growth.<p>It is well …

Novel brain-monitoring technique lets scientists spy on minds

A small step towards mind reading that starts with math<p>Scientists are now able to study brain activity in the real world with enough precision to know if a subject is thinking about anything related to numbers or quantities. New research out of Stanford University, published this week in <i>Nature</i>, …

Two mental skills, not one, make you introspective

The ability to reflect on both your perceptions and your memories likely requires two distinct brain skills.<p>The researchers used MRI brain scans and …

Like humans, chimps call out alarms tactically

Researchers say the alarm calls of wild chimpanzees have the hallmarks of intentional communication.<p>Many scientists consider non-human primate …

The moral life of babies

If you have any experience of babies you’d be forgiven for thinking of them as entirely selfish, self-oriented little beasts with scant regard for others. It has long been thought that children are born amoral and that it is the job of their culture to teach them the difference between good and …

Banksy: Why A Million-Dollar Artist's Work Sold For $60

Branding is everything. It can make or break your business.<p>Companies that get this, spend millions in cultivating strong brands that secure them a loyal following. If you think about what consumers need vs. want, the majority of purchases fall in the “wants” category. Those desires are influenced …

Monkey see, monkey feel: why we should care about ape emotion

Study reveals new parallels in the way primates and humans control their feelings<p>Bonobos have long been recognized as one of man's closest, and perhaps most fascinating, primate relatives. Much like their chimpanzee cousins, these endangered great apes are remarkably humanlike in their behavior. …

To look powerful, put your hands (not feet) on the desk

Body posture can send powerful signals, but several recent studies suggest that the effect varies based on the type of posture and cultural …

Are anxious people less likely to help others?

People who carry the genotype associated with higher social anxiety are less likely to engage in prosocial behavior, according to a new study.<p>Helping …

Map of 6,000 clouds pinpoints where stars are born

Astronomers have completed the largest-ever survey of dense gas clouds in the Milky Way—pockets shrouded in gas and dust where new stars are being …

The amazing intelligence of elephants: http://gu.com/p/3jgfz/fb Researchers have found that elephants understand pointing. It's more evidence of their intelligence, yet people still hunt them. Photograph: AFP Photo/Carl de Souza