David Robson

Science writer and editor

I am an award-winning writer and editor, who specialises in writing in-depth articles probing the extremes of the human mind, body and behaviour. My subjects have included the limits of intelligence, the true stories of 'real-life' vampires, and our burgeoning understanding of the ways that culture shapes your psychology.

My first book, The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Stupid Mistakes and How to Make Wiser Decisions, will be published on 7 March 2019. It is available for pre-order now.

I hope you enjoy my clippings. If you would like to get in touch, please email d_a_robson "at" hotmail.com.



The Observer

How the visual language of comics could have its roots in the ice age

Psychologist and comics obsessive Neil Cohn believes cartoons have a sophisticated language all their own


Mystery booms: What's the cause?

The beginning of Armageddon, or an alien invasion? Over the weekend, people in the UK and parts of the US were awoken by loud, rumbling noises. David Robson explores the...

Washington Post

Where do our minds go at night?

How do our brains create the dream world, with its eerie mixture of the familiar and the bizarre?

BBC Future

Neuroscience: The man who saw time stand still

One day, a man saw time itself stop, and as David Robson discovers, unpicking what happened is revealing that we can all experience temporal trickery too.

BBC Future

The expert guide to space colonies

Why should we take the idea of colonising space seriously? Because they are closer than you think.

New Scientist

Sharp thinking: how tools shaped the mind

How did we become the smartest creatures on Earth? David Robson finds that we can reconstruct our ancestors' intimate thoughts - and even their emotions - from their stonework

BBC Future

Should we be treating suicide differently?

Robin Williams' death has caused many to reassess the way we think about depression. But can science tell us better ways to predict and treat people who are at risk of killing...

New Scientist

What were humankind's first words?

What do "kiki" and "bouba" mean? The sounds of words can have hidden meanings that might give us glimpse of our ancestors' first utterances

BBC Future

'Why I want to die at 75'

Should we have a limit to the human lifespan? And if so, when is the best time to die?

New Scientist

Sleeping daredevil: The first dream hacker

Modern dream research has a lot to learn from the century-old exploits of an eccentric French marquis, says David Robson

BBC Future

The fine line between funny and annoying tech

Should artificial intelligence try to be more human, with jokes and humility? Or will they become an annoying co-worker?

New Scientist

Hunter, gatherer... architect? Civilisation's true dawn

The discovery of huge temples thousands of years older than agriculture suggests that culture arose from spiritual hunger, not full bellies

BBC Future

Why astronauts get the 'space stupids'

The mind-warping effects of space travel


Why can't you tickle yourself?

One of science's surprising mysteries

BBC Future

Are we getting smarter?

From the time of Socrates to today, people have worried that technology is making us more stupid. But there are good reasons to think we are only getting smarter

New Scientist

Deep future: how will our language evolve

Given the rapid change in language in just a few millennia, what will it be like tens of thousands of years from now?

BBC Future

Is fast food making us depressed?

Do burgers, sugary snacks and other unhealthy foods exacerbate the effects of mental illness? David Robson investigates the evidence, and discovers a surprising new idea to help...

BBC Future

World Cup: How to train a bee to play football

The World Cup inspired one scientist to see if you could train bees to play football. See what happened in the video above, and what it tells us about bees' amazing intellect.

BBC Future

The extreme 'ultra-athletes' aged 60+

Sunny McKee was 61 when she competed in her first Ironman triathlon. How she manages to run, swim and cycle extraordinary distances could change the way we look at the ageing body.

New Scientist

Mental imagery gives language meaning

A review of "Louder than Words" by Benjamin Bergen