Tagged: violence

What effect could climate change have on human aggression? - The Psychology Report

Sarb Johal Mar 13, 2017

In this Psychology Report, I talk with Dr Matt Williams from the School of Psychology at Massey University in New Zealand about the possible link between climate change and violence levels, based on this paper. You can listen to the original podcast here, as well as reading our conversation below.   Sarb Johal:   In this first … Read More

Weird Science: Beware the meerkat – cuddly critters the world’s most murderous mammals - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 24, 2016

Meerkats – delightful, lovable fluffballs, right? Wrong – they’re actually stone-cold killers, the mammalian world’s most prolific murderers in fact, according to a study that came out in September. The scientists looked at murder rates in 1,000 mammal species, compared the meerkat (sorry) with the others, and found that one-in-five of these cuddly critters is killed in cold … Read More

NZ Sea Lion one of the world’s most murderous mammals - News

John Kerr Sep 29, 2016

The New Zealand Sea Lion ranks as one of the most murderous species on the planet, according to a new study examining lethal violence among mammals. Do dolphins duel to the death? Are hippos homicidal? And what about genocidal gerbils? Spanish researchers have mapped the extent of lethal violence across 1000 mammal species, from aardvarks to zebras, and their macabre analysis is … Read More

Videogames, aggression, Anders Breivik — let’s not join the dots - Guest Work

Guest Work Apr 23, 2012

by Adam Ruch, PhD candidate, videogame studies at MacQuarie University ’Violent videogames cause people to become violent in real life’. It’s a familiar refrain for anyone who has read a newspaper in the last 15 years. Today, the media reporting surrounding the trial of accused mass-murderer Anders Breivik has dusted off this old chestnut to … Read More

The UK Riots and Knee Jerk "Justice" - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Aug 20, 2011

“Civilization is hideously fragile… there’s not much between us and the Horrors underneath, just about a coat of varnish.”  ~C.P. Snow The recent riots across England demonstrate that there is certainly truth in the above quotation. There is a darker side to human nature, which may be readily come to the surface particularly, in this case, where groups of disaffected … Read More

Alcohol: Effects on Teenage Brains and Correlations Between Availability and Violence - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jun 04, 2010

I’ve written previously about the effects of alcohol on decision making. Today I’ll be looking at two further aspects of alcohol consumption and how it affects society. First up is a study that examines the cognitive effects of moderate to heavy drinking during adolescence, with different effects on males versus females. Secondly I’d like to [...] … Read More