Faculty of Human Sciences

Faculty of Human Sciences

Why your 'couple song' could mean so much more, as time goes by
If you share a special song with your partner, chances are it could be more than a romantic connection - new research has revealed it could also have a positive effect on memory and well-being.
Smartphones are making us stupid – and may be a 'gateway drug'
Neuroscience research shows that smartphones are making us stupider, less social, more forgetful, more prone to addiction, sleepless and depressed, and poor at navigation – so why are we giving them to kids?
Children who have music lessons are quick learners
Music lessons may one day be used for treating children and adults with certain kinds of learning impairments, researchers say.
Why do we dream?
There are many different theories about why we dream, but of all of them, Sigmund Freud’s has proven to be the most provocative. Associate Professor Simon Boag explains.
Girls and boys are taught science differently, new study finds
A new research paper reveals why we need to address gender stereotypes before more women will win the Nobel Prize for Physics.
Podcast: Time to ditch the textbooks on Indigenous culture
Australian teachers are often nervous about teaching Indigenous history and culture. But one simple approach can have remarkable results, as Associate Professor of Education Neil Harrison explains.
'Sharenting' alert: the risks of sharing pics of your kids online
'Digital kidnapping', where images are taken and misused, is just one of the potential pitfalls of posting photos of your children.
The word that gave the Libs the winning edge
Decoding the doublespeak of election campaigning, Associate Professor of Linguistics Annabelle Lukin, discovered that phrases including the word ‘tax’ inflicted the most damage to the Labor party.
New Macquarie StyleHub has the final word on written style
Macquarie University and Biotext announce the impending launch of the Macquarie StyleHub, a comprehensive online platform designed for academics, students, and professional writers and editors, to promote clear and effective communication.
Podcast: Hypnosis breakthrough in changing ingrained behaviour
Hypnosis is sometimes dismissed as a stage act or quick fix for those looking to quit smoking, without people realising that as a scientific discipline it can give fascinating insights into the inner workings of the mind and have tangible
Hearing health crisis among Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders
The high prevalence of ear disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is linked with poor education and social problems, writes Professor Cath McMahon, who is dedicated to transforming hearing health in indigenous communities.
Why do some young people take drugs at festivals and others don't?
Distinguished Professor Ron Rapee, Founding Director of Macquarie’s Centre for Emotional Health, explains.