• Back on the couch

    Nick Haslam     |      April 5, 2024

    Writer and psychotherapist Adam Phillips is often hailed as one of the world’s great essayists. His new book – exploring the topic of giving up, among other things – is both erudite and slippery.

  • Remembering Daniel Kahneman

    Daniel Read     |      April 4, 2024

    Daniel Kahneman’s passing at 90 years old leaves a major gap in the field of behavioural science and the wider intellectual community.

  • Predicting the present

    Open Forum     |      March 6, 2024

    How do the brains of cricketers, racing drivers and tennis players react so quickly to events in the heat of competition? Scientists may now have more clues.

  • Trust your instincts

    Alan Stevenson     |      February 29, 2024

    We’re surrounded by technology and spend decades honing our intellects at school and university but intuition – the ability to understand something without conscious reasoning – remains a powerful force in our lives, and can sometimes even be a life saver.

  • Brain waves

    Stephanie Sheir     |      February 14, 2024

    The brain is the most complicated object in the universe. This is the story of scientists’ quest to decode it, and even start to read people’s minds.

  • Unraveling the riddle of cognition

    Alan Stevenson     |      February 7, 2024

    Cognition – the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses – was once thought the preserve of the human brain, but scientific research increasingly suggests that simple organisms and even plants are capable of understanding and reacting to their environments in remarkable ways.

  • Birth of the transhuman

    Nathan Higgins     |      February 4, 2024

    Elon Musk’s brain-computer interface company Neuralink has reportedly placed its first silicon chip in a human brain as part of a study to help paralysed people control devices with their thoughts.

  • Focus on multi-tasking

    Peter Wilson     |      January 4, 2024

    Multi-tasking is part of modern living and we all split our attention countless times a day when juggling both mundane and important tasks, but doing two things at the same time isn’t always as productive or safe as focusing on one thing at a time.

  • The human super computer

    Open Forum     |      October 15, 2023

    Scientists have confirmed that human brains are naturally wired to perform advanced calculations, much like a high-powered computer, to make sense of the world through a process known as Bayesian inference.

  • Neuroscience training to help children flourish

    Open Forum     |      August 31, 2023

    Professionals working with children and young people will be offered training in brain science in an Australia-first initiative between The University of Queensland and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth through the Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership.

  • Unlocking the brain function mystery

    James Pang     |      June 12, 2023

    Researchers are discovering how we think, feel and behave is associated with activity patterns that span nearly the entire brain, rather than just specific parts of it, overturning a century of accepted wisdom.

  • Form and function in the brain

    James Pang     |      June 6, 2023

    A new study suggests that patterns of activity in our brains’ neurons are more influenced by the shape of the brain – its grooves, contours, and folds – than by its complex interconnections.