Monthly Archives: December 2018

Conform to the social norm: why people follow what other people do

Conform to the social norm: why people follow what other people do

Why do people tend to do what others do, prefer what others prefer, and choose what others choose? Our study, published today in Nature Human Behaviour, shows that people tend to copy other people’s choices, even when they know that those people did not make their choices freely, and when the decision does not reflect their […] … learn more→

Are memories reliable? Expert explains how they change more than we realise

Are memories reliable? Expert explains how they change more than we realise

Your memory probably isn’t as good as you think it is. We rely on our memories not only for sharing stories with friends or learning from our past experiences, but we also use it for crucial things like creating a sense of personal identity. Yet evidence shows that our memory isn’t as consistent as we’d like to believe. What’s worse, we’re […] … learn more→

Why it is so important for students to mix languages ​​in the classroom

Why it is so important for students to mix languages ​​in the classroom

Being a father is wonderful. And being a father as a cognitive scientist studying the acquisition and management of languages ​​is even more wonderful. Oier, the small walking laboratory that I have at home, is an inexhaustible source of ideas and surprises related to psycholinguistics and the scientific study of multilingualism. He is growing up in a bilingual […] … learn more→

Home alone: how to keep your kids safe (and out of trouble) when you’re at work these holidays

Home alone: how to keep your kids safe (and out of trouble) when you’re at work these holidays

Many working parents battle with school holidays, especially the long period between Christmas and the start of the new school year. Most people receive four weeks’ leave a year, but school holidays take up about 12 weeks of the year. The maths clearly doesn’t add up. Even if both parents take their leave at different […] … learn more→

Getting out of financialisation: teaching economics and finance differently

Getting out of financialisation: teaching economics and finance differently

Faced with the challenges of ecological transition, social inequality or tax justice, there are many debates about the urgency of integrating these issues in training in finance and economics. Many academics today are protesting against the model of financialization, the obsolescence of theories implying a rationality of the “homo economicus”, while insisting on the role of […] … learn more→

Dreaming of a green Christmas? Here are five ways to make it more sustainable

Dreaming of a green Christmas? Here are five ways to make it more sustainable

Moderation is the last thing on people’s minds at Christmas. Shopping, travelling and eating reach peak levels – putting pressure on our planet. Even Santa poses a problem. If you don’t believe in flying reindeers, that sleigh must be rocket-fuelled to reach the supersonic speeds needed to travel around the world to visit hundreds of millions […] … learn more→

How people seeking asylum in Australia access higher education, and the enormous barriers they face

How people seeking asylum in Australia access higher education, and the enormous barriers they face

Accessing higher education is critical for many people seeking asylum. It’s not simply a means of acquiring the qualifications and skills necessary for employment. It’s also essential to living a meaningful life Despite this, people seeking asylum are among Australia’s most educationally disadvantaged. This is largely due to restrictive federal government policies. In response, a growing number […] … learn more→

NYC’s development boom linked to record high construction accidents

NYC’s development boom linked to record high construction accidents

If you have strolled the streets of Manhattan lately, you have no doubt noticed that construction in the city is positively booming. In addition to the massive Hudson Yards project, there are thousands of other skyscrapers and buildings being erected around the city. In fact, the Department of Buildings (DOB) reports that in 2017, some […] … learn more→

Why shaming your children on social media may make things worse

Why shaming your children on social media may make things worse

Matt Cox knew he would be criticized when he forced his 10-year-old daughter to walk 5 miles to school in 36-degree weather as her punishment for being suspended from the school bus twice for bullying. “I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this, but that is alright, because I’m […] … learn more→