A simple mathematical mistake may explain why many people underestimate the dangers of coronavirus, shunning social distancing, masks and hand-washing.
David RobsonPleased to see my new piece for @BBC_Future out today, which explains how a basic error in people’s mathematical reasoning can reduce their understanding of #COVID19 and their support of mask wearing, social distancing etc.
The Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University has shown tantalising results so far. Richard Fisher describes what it’s like to be one of the volunteers in the clinical trials.
David Robson"They never expected to carry the hopes and expectations of billions of people on their shoulders"
Fascinating inside view of the Oxford vaccine trial from @rifish, in his first piece for @BBC_Future after his Knight Fellowship.
How can you best play the hand you’re dealt in life? One woman’s quest to become a champion gambler may provide a few clues.
David RobsonI had the enormous privilege of interviewing @mkonnikova about her new book, The Biggest Bluff, for @BBC_Worklife. Maria has told an amazing story about her journey from novice to poker pro and it has so much wisdom for anyone in any profession.
In this fascinating study, Vincent examines how our attitudes to being alone — physically and mentally — have changed over time
David RobsonAre we really facing a loneliness epidemic? And has social distancing made this worse? I reviewed David Vincent's fascinating History of Solitude for @theipaper, which examines our angst about isolation throughout the ages
It’s good to talk, but periods of silence are essential for problem solving.
David RobsonNow that most of us are working remotely, should we sometimes unplug from our colleagues?
My new piece for @BBC_Worklife's series on collective intelligence finds that *reducing* communication between team members can boost group creativity #psychology
And now for something completely different: how a dose of the surreal or absurd helps to make sense of our place in the world
David RobsonSo excited to have written one of the first pieces for Psyche, @aeonmag's sister magazine.
It's about the "feeling of the absurd" and the ways it can change our psychology (for good and bad). Includes studies on @DAVID_LYNCH, Monty Python, Kafka...
From students to politicians, many smart people have fallen for dangerous lies spread about the new coronavirus. Why? And how can you protect yourself from misinformation?
David RobsonFake news about #coronavirus is becoming increasingly dangerous - eroding trust in medical bodies and discouraging life saving interventions. My latest piece for @BBC_Future explored the psychology behind its spread