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, 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.


BBC Future

How to learn like a memory champion

Companies are creating learning aids that tap the science of memories, says David Robson. Do they work in the classroom?

New Scientist

Dangerous liaisons: Fatal animal attractions

Humans aren’t the only animals that can run into trouble when choosing a mate...

The Observer

BBC Future

The biggest test for drones?

Why you are the final obstacle to the drone invasion

BBC Future

How to make a diamond from scratch - with peanut butter

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.

New Scientist

Fade to black

Our memories, both good and bad, build a fortress that protects us against trauma, suggesting new treatments for depression and PTSD

New Scientist

Old dogs, new tricks

You never lose the ability to learn like a child - if only you know how

BBC Future

A glass sub to probe the ocean depths

Why marine biologists will brave the depths in our most ancient and fragile material

BBC Future

Are we hard-wired to doodle?

The secret pictorial language of Australian aborigines might hint at the origins of drawing - and language itself


Psychology: Why does guilt increase pleasure?

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...

BBC Future

How the colour red warps the mind

From mandrill bottoms to the Scarlet Whore of Babylon - the strange psychology of red

BBC Future

Should we diagnose rare diseases with smartphones?

There's a powerful medical tool lying right in your pocket, and it could be used immediately to stop the spread of Ebola.

BBC Future

One of science's most baffling questions? Why we yawn

Yawning has puzzled scientists for more than two millennia. But could a new theory settle the question once and for all? David Robson investigates.

BBC Future

The ultimate comeback: Bringing the dead back to life

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.

BBC Future

Can you die of boredom?

Boredom slashes years off your lifespan... but is that the price we pay for its surprising benefits?

BBC Future

Dos and don'ts of a January detox

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...

New Scientist, and the Washington Post

'Sno myth

Eskimos really do have at least 50 words for snow

BBC Future

How to learn while you sleep

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.

New Scientist

The 10 biggest puzzles of human evolution

How did we come to be the species we are today? David Robson, Dan Jones and Kate Douglas investigate


How 'crowd patronage' could shape music and art

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...