How context helps you retain content

We retain and recall information best when we're put to the test in the spot where we learned it.

Constructing the Layers of Learning

Trying to learn new material at one sitting,  by repetition, just doesn't work.

The Brain Doesn't Lie

How can you tell if someone will really do what they say they're going to do? Only their neurologist knows for sure!

Reach Out and Touch Someone

Though previously considered taboo, recent research shows how physical contact increases trust between group members, and this mutual trust improves performance of the group.

Women, Computers and Engineering: It's Not All About Bias

A new report says that fewer women choose physics, technology and engineering careers due to hidden biases. But the science tells us something else entirely: most women have different interests and career preferences than men.

When Counseling is Dangerous

Many of us feel compelled to help after a humanitarian disaster such as Haiti's recent devastating earthquake. But  all evidence points to psychological debriefing as a risky practice that can exacerbate traumatic symptoms in adults, and is completely untested in children.

Men and Mass Killing

Who is most likely to pull out a gun in the workplace or on campus? Men, particularly extreme, socially isolated men in the prime of life, are more at risk of violence than women are at any age.

Can Children be Shared?

It takes a special kind of open mind to speed-date an infant. This first post on the science of human attachments looks at serial parenting, and asks this provocative question: are human babies meant to be shared?