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. I am currently writing The Intelligence Trap for Hodder and Stoughton (UK)/WW Norton (USA).

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



New Scientist

Break bad habits by forming good new ones

A review of Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

BBC Future

The hidden truth of star signs

Your month of birth could influence your lifespan, mental health and even your eyesight. David Robson explains how

BBC Future

Why you love to hate your frenemies

I have a problem. I have friends that I love to hate. My "frenemies", as they are known. And they could be seriously affecting my health...

New Scientist

Shakespeare: Unleashing a tempest in the brain

The Bard's continuing appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of how the human mind works


Neuroscience: why do we see faces in everyday objects?

It's not often that you look at your meal to find it staring back at you. But when Diane Duyser picked up her cheese toastie, she was in for a shock. "I went to take a bite out...

BBC Future

The truth about driverless vehicles

Convoys of "zombie" trucks have already hit the roads

New Scientist

Power of Babel

Humans speak 7000 different tongues – and not just to be difficult. Everything from genes to jungles has played a part

BBC Future

Why are we short-sighted?

When I was a teenager, my eyesight slowly began to fail and I had to wear spectacles. What began as tiny slithers of glass soon started to approach double-glazing. "Why is this...

BBC Future

Ebola: How easily do germs spread on planes?

The Ebola outbreak is stoking fears of a deadly virus spreading across the world through air travel. We talked to experts to discover the risks of catching the disease mid-flight.

New Scientist


Why do we fart more on planes?

Jacob Rosenberg's interest with in-flight flatulence began on a long-haul trip to a New Zealand. He looked down at his stomach and it seemed to have visibly grown since he...

New Scientist

Cure for love: Should we take anti-love drugs?

Breaking up is hard to do. If drugs could ease the pain, when should we use them, David Robson asks neuro-ethicist Brian D. Earp