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, will be published on 7 March 2019.
I hope you enjoy my clippings. If you would like to get in touch, please email d_a_robson "at" hotmail.com.
Companies are creating learning aids that tap the science of memories, says David Robson. Do they work in the classroom?
Humans aren’t the only animals that can run into trouble when choosing a mate...
Why you are the final obstacle to the drone invasion
Dan Frost constructs the conditions of the mantle in his lab. There he is buildind diamonds - from peanut butter - to understand the Earth's history.
Our memories, both good and bad, build a fortress that protects us against trauma, suggesting new treatments for depression and PTSD
You never lose the ability to learn like a child - if only you know how
Why marine biologists will brave the depths in our most ancient and fragile material
The secret pictorial language of Australian aborigines might hint at the origins of drawing - and language itself
This year, my New Year's Resolutions are going to take a somewhat different form to those of previous Januaries. I'm forgoing my usual goals to drink less, eat more fruit and to...
From mandrill bottoms to the Scarlet Whore of Babylon - the strange psychology of red
There's a powerful medical tool lying right in your pocket, and it could be used immediately to stop the spread of Ebola.
Yawning has puzzled scientists for more than two millennia. But could a new theory settle the question once and for all? David Robson investigates.
A radical procedure that involves replacing a patient's blood with cold salt water could retrieve people from the brink of death, says David Robson.
Boredom slashes years off your lifespan... but is that the price we pay for its surprising benefits?
You ate, drunk, and were merry - but now it's time to wake up and smell the decaffeinated coffee. Each year hails the latest detox fads, but with so much pseudoscience muddying...
Eskimos really do have at least 50 words for snow
Sleep learning used to be a pipe dream. Now neuroscientists say they have found ways to enhance your memory with your eyes closed, says David Robson.
How did we come to be the species we are today? David Robson, Dan Jones and Kate Douglas investigate
What links Michelangelo to a musician named Smooth McGroove? Alexis Ohanian, an internet entrepreneur, has a surprising answer - and it suggests a way for you to quit your job...