The Mind

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At what age do we lose our earliest memories?

How did you celebrate your second birthday? If you can’t recall then don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, psychologists at Emory University in Georgia, USA, say that only children under the age of seven have any chance of remembering.

How children ‘catch’ fear

Scared of flowers? Then don’t let that fear show in front of children. Scientists have found that children can become scared of apparently harmless objects if they see adults react in a frightened way.

Why do we get bored?

Natural selection has favoured individuals with the capacity to feel bored because they are more likely to discover or create things that improve their survival chances, or to look for a new partner and so spread their genes more widely.

Why do we yawn?

No-one is sure why we yawn. We do know that yawning increases with levels of some of the brain’s neurotransmitters, including dopamine and serotonin, and decreases with levels of the opium-like endorphins.