• ‘I’m not angry, I’m just Arab’: Michael Mohammed Ahmad talks race and masculinity

    Kay Harrison     |      September 15, 2018

    There’s no hiding from confrontational truths in Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s new novel “The Lebs”.

  • The ‘Braveheart effect’ – and how companies manipulate our desire for freedom

    Simon McCarthy-Jones     |      September 3, 2018

    Being mindful of the Braveheart effect can help us to be active decision makers guided by reason, rather than passive victims of evolution or corporations, no matter how they try to ‘nudge’ us towards buying their wares.

  • Can Usain Bolt really make it as a footballer?

    Edward Hope     |      September 2, 2018

    What do retired Olympic sprinters do: coach, commentate, agency work, celebrity TV appearances, or just rest on their laurels? Bolt had different ideas, openly expressing his desire to play professional soccer. An Australian club offered him an opportunity – but can he take it?

  • Why do women take sexy selfies?

    Open Forum     |      August 28, 2018

    New Australian research suggests that women around the world take sexy selfies to compete with their peers and climb the social ladder in economically unequal environments.

  • How Soviet tanks shook up the Australian left

    Stuart Macintyre     |      August 22, 2018

    The crushing of the Prague Spring by Soviet tanks in 1968 posed a problem for Communist sympathisers and apologists in Australia. It would be another 20 years before eastern Europe freed itself from Russian occupation.

  • Australia has a long way to go on responsible gambling

    Charles Livingstone     |      August 19, 2018

    Even with responsible gambling measures in place, excessive gambling remains a problem in Australia and has a significant cost to both individuals and society.

  • How to build self-control by copying others

    Sabine Doebel     |      August 6, 2018

    Self-control can appear an inborn trait but identifying with people who display it can help build our own willpower too.

  • The ‘great Australian silence’ 50 years on

    Anna Clark     |      August 5, 2018

    It’s 50 years since the anthropologist WEH Stanner gave the 1968 Boyer Lectures — a watershed moment for Australian history. Stanner argued that Australia’s sense of its past, its very collective memory, had been built on a state of forgetting, which couldn’t “be explained by absent mindedness”.

  • Who is doing what on the homefront?

    Inga Lass     |      August 1, 2018

    More progressive attitudes regarding gender roles aren’t translating into reality in Australian households. If both parents work full-time, housework and care remain the domain of mothers.

  • The science of the plot twist: How writers exploit our brains

    Vera Tobin     |      July 22, 2018

    Human cognitive tendencies help explain why plot twists can be so satisfying. But somewhat counterintuitively, they also explain why knowing about a plot twist ahead of time – the dreaded “spoiler” – doesn’t really spoil the experience at all.

  • Sticks and stones – beating the bullies by building resilience

    Michael E. Bernard     |      July 21, 2018

    Bullying is never acceptable, but encouraging a resilient mindset makes a big difference to how much damage bullying does – parents and teachers should help kids learn that they have the power to cope with difficulty, rather than paint them as helpless victims.

  • Why the ABC must stand firm against threats to its independence

    Denis Muller     |      July 15, 2018

    Editorial independence does not mean giving journalists licence to broadcast or publish whatever they want or to avoid accountability for their mistakes. It means encouraging journalists to tackle important stories regardless of what people in power might think.