February 2005

Handwriting interpretation consistent – but still wrong

12 February 2005

Earlier in the month I reported that graphology, or handwriting analysis, has zero validity. Despite this, some businesses continue to use it in personnel selection. Raj Persaud, writing in The […]

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Choosing your mate in three seconds

12 February 2005

Researchers studying speed dating have found we might not need the full 3 minutes to size up a potential partner. “Although they had three minutes, most participants made their decision […]

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St John’s wort better than Seroxat

11 February 2005

“A specially prepared extract of the herb St John’s wort is at least as effective in treating depression as the powerful antidepressant drug Seroxat and has fewer side-effects, a study […]

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The next scientific revolution

10 February 2005

The Guardian asks leading scientist to gaze into their crystal balls and ruminate on the next scientific revolution. V S Ramachandran, the neuroscientist, comes up with my favourite quote: “The […]

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Our psychological immune system

10 February 2005

An excellent New Yorker article from Malcolm Gladwell arguing that the mind, when faced with psychological trauma, is suprisingly resilient. What’s more, here is a writer who is prepared to […]

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Left and right, a battle for the truth

7 February 2005

Bad BBC News! Bad! Bad! The idea that the left hemisphere of the brain is solely responsible for language functions is wrong. The idea that the brains of all left-handers […]

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Neuroplasticity, evidence from rats and monks

7 February 2005

The green box contains a brand new rat neuron. Why is this important? Well, until quite recently researchers were unsure of two things: whether it’s possible for the brain to […]

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