Topic: Social & Behavioral Sciences

February 9, 2018 Universal Music - Some basic features of songs may be nearly universal.
February 5, 2018 Friendship on the Brain - Close friends show similar brain patterns.
February 2, 2018 Anti-Tripping Circuit - Scientists discover a brain circuit that keeps us upright after stumbling.
February 1, 2018 E-Cigarette Toxicity - New evidence of toxicity with e-cigarette use.
January 31, 2018 Energy Saving Homebodies - As Americans spend more time at home, overall energy use is dropping.
January 25, 2018 Pachyderms get the Point - Elephants, unlike mammals much more similar to us, seem to instinctively understand pointing gestures.
January 22, 2018 Parents, Kids & Math - An educational app helps parents with math anxiety help their kids excel in the subject.
January 9, 2018 Anti-Poaching Rhino DNA - Matching poached rhino horns to the scene of the crime using DNA to nab wildlife traffickers.
December 22, 2017 Holiday Pet Threats - The holidays may pose a surprising danger for your pet.
December 21, 2017 College Racial Health Gap - A college education can leave some students with a health debt.
December 20, 2017 Drone Forensics - Using drones to prosecute decades-old war crimes in Guatemala.
December 18, 2017 Right Ear Advantage - The right ear listens and comprehends slightly better than the left.
December 14, 2017 Pollution and Teen Behavior - Fine soot particles may contribute to juvenile delinquency.
November 30, 2017 Vision Video Games - Could action video games help older people’s vision?
November 13, 2017 Impact of Small Media - Small media has an out-sized influence on public discourse.
October 4, 2017 Exercise and Depression - A small amount of weekly exercise may help prevent depression.
September 8, 2017 Social Health - Social well-being could be important to our long-term health.
September 4, 2017 Human Echolocation Sounds - How do some blind people use echolocation to get around?
August 30, 2017 Slow Motion Bias - Slow motion videos of violent encounters bias our interpretation of the events.
August 16, 2017 Toxic Beauty Products - Beauty products may lead to health problems in some populations.
August 10, 2017 Longevity & Activity Perception - A positive opinion about your activity level may help you live longer.
August 8, 2017 Guide Dog Success - Does over-parenting short-circuit the careers of potential guide dogs?
July 28, 2017 Buying Time - Can purchasing time-saving services make us happier?
July 13, 2017 Artificial Dye Safety - Some people argue that food dyes are harmful to human health, but do decades of safety research back up these allegations?
June 16, 2017 Science Comics - Communicating about science through comics.
June 13, 2017 Prenatal Face Preference - New research suggests that not just newborns, but fetuses, too, preferentially favor the human face.
April 18, 2017 Peak Randomness - Mathematically random behavior in humans peaks at the quarter-century mark.
April 17, 2017 Biased Artificial Intelligence - Computer scientists discover bias in artificial intelligence programs.
April 13, 2017 Night Owl Genes - Some night owls may have a mutation that lengthens their circadian clock.
April 12, 2017 Memorable Smells - How does our brain associate certain smells with vivid memories?
March 22, 2017 Importance of Smell - Losing the sense of smell can have unexpected consequences.
March 21, 2017 Contagious Parrot Laughter - Rare New Zealand parrots start playing spontaneously when they hear certain calls.
February 28, 2017 Neuroscience of Viral News - What makes a news story go viral?
February 22, 2017 Social Robots - Robots can help people help themselves.
February 20, 2017 The Body’s Sense of Taste - Taste receptors are actually located all over the body, not just in the mouth.
January 5, 2017 Sleepwalking Brains - A listener asks what's going on in the brain when someone is sleepwalking.
December 21, 2016 The Sociable Brain - Do social butterflies and wallflowers have different brain structures?
December 12, 2016 The Brain on Time - The brain chemical dopamine may regulate our perception of how fast time passes.
December 9, 2016 Sitting Close to the TV - A Science Update listener asks if sitting too close to the television can hurt your eyes.
December 8, 2016 Physics of Tomorrow - In a special issue of Physics Today, scientists speculate about the physics of the 22nd century.
December 7, 2016 Binge Drinking Teens - Could teenage binge drinking have effects on the next generation, even if they’re never exposed to alcohol?
November 24, 2016 Pricey WIne - The price of a wine arbitrarily influences how pleasurable it is to drink.
November 15, 2016 Stressed Spleen - What does the spleen have to do with anxiety?
November 2, 2016 Referee Vision - A referee’s success depends on knowing what to focus on, and what to ignore.
November 1, 2016 Scary Monsters - A listener wonders why we fear irrational things when there are plenty of real threats out there.
October 31, 2016 Chimpanzees & Bonobos - Even though the Congo River keeps them apart today, chimpanzees and bonobos managed to interbreed several times in the past.
October 28, 2016 Seeking Out Fear - The science of human fear is much more complex than is commonly thought.
October 26, 2016 Fear & the Brain - The science of human fear is much more complex than is commonly thought.
October 13, 2016 Chewing Gum Myth - Does it really take seven years to digest chewing gum?
October 10, 2016 Informal Health Care Training - Can a modest amount of training help improve health care delivery to the world’s poor?