The Mind

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.

Linking music to colour

When you listen to a sad, reflective song, what colour come to mind? How about a happy, jaunty tune? Researchers have now shown that people tend to associate different colours with different songs, depending on how they make us feel.

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Could you spot a psychopath?

New research is revealing that among the highest tiers of the corporate world, psychopaths are more common than you might expect. But as Daniel Bennett discovers, scientists are also coming up with new ways to spot them