We all have those friends who are gregarious, confident and who seem to have an ability to attract conversation. Personality psychology would find that these tendencies (i.e. to be social and outgoing) all correlate and share an underlying relationship: that of belonging to the domain trait, extraversion. Recent neuroscientific study has begun to tie the … Continue reading Extraverts exhibit greater error signals to reward prediction violations.
Mr Johnson’s conservatives have had a busy couple of weeks, which ended in an immigration related crescendo. The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, introduced the government’s plans to enact a points-based immigration system following the end of the Brexit transition period. The system proposes that a potential immigrant must first obtain 70 points before being able … Continue reading Patel’s points-based illusion
Mr Johnson’s newly formulated war narrative appears to be one that depicts the legal system as an untamed authoritarian system, saturated with a cabal of elites who hate the idea of democracy. Put bluntly, Johnson wants us to believe the Judge's are the "enemies of the people". This past week has seen Suella Braverman … Continue reading Government by liberal tears
Boris Johnson took on a case of self-harm in his first cabinet reshuffle as prime minister, when he offered the then Chancellor, Sajid Javid, conditions to the job that he could not commandeer. Mr Javid, to keep his job, would have had to replace all of his political advisors. Mr Javid aptly resigned, with … Continue reading A refusal to accept
Neverwhere follows an awkward, shy and, during the beginning of the novel, infuriatingly agreeable Richard Mayhew: A Scot turned superficial Londoner. The reader walks into the story with Richard living, essentially, a mundane life. He has Fiancée, Jessica, as well as an office job and a few laddish friends. He feigns contentment with his predicament … Continue reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman: review
By Hobhouse The hangover of ‘Brexit Day’ will be followed by a yearlong detox, in which the UK will tag along with the EU for an extension of its damaged friendship. Although, this promises to be less a detox and more like the hare of dog remedy: keep drinking and the headache will never become … Continue reading The peace of Brexit
Dominic Cummings's, the prime minister’s special adviser, call for weirdos, scientists and programmers is a breath of fresh air and could, perhaps, really spark a flame of diversity in a place known for its drab intake of talent. Although his blog posted job advert has been mocked and forensically criticised – perhaps correctly, as, for … Continue reading Dominic’s weirdos
Differences in musical ability are often associated with formal training, deliberate practise and a healthy dose of ‘natural talent’. Research, however, is beginning to contest this theory, opting for a more nuanced approach. Children all the way through to adulthood are presented with a wide variety of entertainment, recreation and stimulation, culminating into a host … Continue reading An open investment. . .
Back in February of 2019, Matt Hancock, health secretary, strongly advocated for the idea of the NHS providing predictive genetic tests for common cancers and heart disease. A sense of threat, however, ensued after his comments and, since then, there has been no mention of such an undertaking by the NHS. Genotyping, for instance, is … Continue reading The genetic NHS
The Guardian last week revealed that the Home Secretary, Mrs Patel, personally intervened to prevent the extraction of orphans and unaccompanied minors from Syria. More than 60 British minors, then, have just been consigned to their fate of fending for their survival in a country steeped in a civil war. These children’s minds’ will be … Continue reading There will be no rescue