To win, exercise willpower, says top psychologist
From hitting snooze to eating fatty foods, most people have temptations they find hard to resist. Now a new book says our willpower is like a muscle that we can train.
‘Insane’ mass murderer may escape prison term
Anders Breivik killed 77 people, mostly teenagers, in a horrifying shooting spree in July this year – but psychological evaluators say he was insane, and needs treatment, not punishment.
John Lewis advert boy has Britain sobbing
The whole of the UK has been left misty-eyed by a touching new Christmas commercial. It is a masterpiece of the advertiser’s art: to tap into our emotions in order to sell more products.
Top selling video game sparks anxiety over violence
A new game in the hit ‘Call of Duty’ series has just been released. Critics love it. Fans are buying it in record numbers. But the brutal violence of the series has some people worried.
Mental health gets a global campaign boost
Millions worldwide suffer from mental health disorders, but only a minority will receive treatment, especially in poorer countries. World Mental Health Day is pushing for more investment.
Sluggish growth prompts new world economy fears
Economists are muttering that the global economy is growing too slowly to pull us all out of the recession. It could be a long, painful crawl back up to prosperity, with bitter political...
‘Genderless’ baby kicks up a Storm
A baby? Lovely! Boy or girl? What do you mean you're not saying? The intriguing tale of a family who want to bring up their baby, Storm, to make its own decisions about becoming a he or a she.
Fifteen year old paid £200 to shoot woman
The country's youngest professional hit man has been convicted of murder. The judge called him 'cold-blooded'. But is the killer also a victim?
Successful parents are lazy, says new book
'Grooming children for success is pointless', says economist Bryan Caplan. 'It's all in the genes.' So is good parenting just letting the children do what they want?
Alcohol initiative under fire during ‘nudge week’
Ministers think they can gently 'nudge' people towards a healthy lifestyle. Health charities say it's not enough. But whose body – and mind – is it anyway?
The family doctor whose prescription was death
A GP has given an interview defending his decision to speed his elderly patients’ end. He claims he was motivated by compassion. Now he faces possible murder charges.
The horror of an army turning on its own people
In 1972, British soldiers killed 14 Irish protestors in the city of Derry. Yesterday an exhaustive inquiry declared the protestors totally innocent.