Faculty of Human Sciences

Faculty of Human Sciences

How the 'love hormone' could help abused kids beat drugs
The so-called ‘love hormone’ oxytocin has the potential to treat drug addiction in adolescents and adults abused in early childhood, a Macquarie University study has found.
Is it good to be a perfectionist?
As school students head back to the classroom next week, it's worth remembering that striving for perfection isn't necessarily a good thing for your mental health. Psychologist Natasha Magson explains why.
Eco-anxiety climbs as fires, smoke and animal deaths trigger fear and trauma
The mental health fall-out is real among Australians as fires continue their path across Australia and our cities are shrouded in smoke. Two Macquarie psychologists have these tips to help people cope with a growing new form of anxiety.
Is it possible to learn anything?
Organisational Psychologist Professor Mark Wiggins, of Macquarie’s Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training, explains.
Will there ever be a supercomputer that can think like HAL?
Dr Matthew Crossley and Dr David Kaplan, researchers in the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University, explain.
Anxiety fuels asthma as fires rage
A Macquarie research fellow has come up with a new strategy for how children with asthma and anxiety can become more resilient and independent.
Can you create your own Game of Thrones-style language?
Dr Nick Wilson, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics, explains.
How to cope with Christmas
Not everyone loves this time of year. Professor Nick Titov, of Macquarie University's MindSpot Clinic, shares key tips for managing the pressures of the festive season.
Differences in sensory brainwaves of autistic teenagers could assist in earlier diagnosis and support
Variances have been found in the brainwaves responsible for visual perception between autistic teenagers and those teens not on the autism spectrum. Researchers believe this could assist in earlier diagnosis and help inform how support is given to
Who is Alexander von Humboldt, and why do we care?
On the eve of the biennial Humboldt Symposium at Macquarie University this weekend, we asked its chair Ingrid Piller, Humboldtian scholar and Distinguished Professor of Applied Linguistics, to explain.
How museums can hook children for a lifetime of learning
Macquarie University researchers attached GoPros to young children and watched them play in different museums – what they found will help shape a new way of designing family-friendly exhibits at two of Sydney's most popular venues.
Get out now: Why Sydney’s first catastrophic fire warning will save lives
The first “catastrophic” fire danger rating for the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter and Illawarra Shoalhaven areas comes with warnings that people living in bushfire zones should get out now.