Opinion

People Who Curse Are More Honest, Study Suggests

April 2, 2017 0

It’s long been associated with anger and coarseness but profanity can have another, more positive connotation. Psychologists have learned that people who frequently curse are being more honest. Writing in the journal Social Psychological and […]

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There’s No Such Thing as a Natural-Born Gambler

April 1, 2017 0

Anthony Pickles (University of Cambridge’s Division of Social Anthropology) discusses why gambling is a relatively modern invention. The fight to recruit online gamblers in the UK is at fever pitch. If you googled “play live blackjack” […]

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How to Write a Best-Selling Novel

March 31, 2017 0

Andy Martin discusses the “magic potion” for writing a thriller. So you want to write a novel? Of course you do. Everyone wants to write a novel at some stage in their lives. While you’re […]

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Why Women Are More Anxious Than Men

March 22, 2017 0

Olivia Remes (Cambridge Institute of Public Health) discusses why women are almost twice as likely to experience anxiety as men. Anxiety disorders—defined by excessive fear, restlessness, and muscle tension—are debilitating, disabling, and can increase the risk for […]

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Nature versus Nurture: Which Is True?

March 22, 2017 0

The idea that social behaviors are biologically influenced is controversial, but may provide new views on how our environment influences who we are and what we do, writes Daphne Martschenko from the Faculty of Education. Self-righteousness, gratitude, sympathy, […]

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Gladiators and Climbing the Social Ladder in Rome

March 18, 2017 0

Jerry Toner, Director of Studies in Classics, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, discusses the stratification of Roman society. It is easy to imagine ancient Rome as a society where the emperors, senators and other nobles sat […]