Of say 1,000 distinct Gods, an atheist believes in none whereas a highly religious person disbelieves in 999 Gods other than the "one true" God. It would seem that atheists and the religious are almost perfectly united in their non-belief. Read More
Gentlemen: If you are about to approach a woman to ask for her phone number, she's more likely to offer it if a romantic song has just played in the background. Pray for a song by The Delfonics, as they are likely to deliver! Read More
"When you're in love with a beautiful woman, it's hard." These classic lyrics from a 1979 song by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show were recently validated in a study linking a woman's estradiol level to her penchant to stray. Read More
We are constantly told that men are "shallow" because they place such undue attention on women's looks. Not surprisingly, women are as "superficial" in their evaluation of men's looks. Gentlemen: the car that you drive will determine how good-looking you're perceived to be. Read More
A recent study of Disney films finds that physically attractive characters are ascribed more positive qualities than their less attractive counterparts. Hence, it would seem that the what-is-beautiful-is-good effect is operative within the Disney realm. Read More
If you were offered $5,000,000 to play Russian roulette with a six-chamber gun wherein only one of the chambers was loaded with a live bullet, would you accept it? Would you accept it for $10,000,000? What would the odds of dying have to be for you to accept to play such a macabre game for the $5,000,000 jackpot (e.g., 1 in 10,000; 1 in 1,000,000)? Read More
Here is something much more barbaric than the death penalty: Believing that there are no contexts under which an individual forgoes his right to live. To sublimate our instinctual need for the harshest form of retribution (only to be meted out on the most heinous of criminals) might be the ultimate barbaric act. Read More
It is often said that a handshake says a lot about an individual. If so, does handgrip strength have anything to do with reading this nonverbal cue? A recent study sheds light on the matter by exploring the relationship between handgrip strength and sensation seeking (e.g., BASE jumping). Read More
In a supposed meritocracy such as the military, one might assume that an individual's facial features should not be predictive of the likelihood of attaining the most senior military ranks. It turns out that a military cadet's face carries some weight in determining whether the soldier in question will attain the rank of Colonel or General. It seems that we want our warriors and military leaders to look the part. Read More
An important determinant of individuals' health is their position within the occupational status hierarchy. One might think that higher-status jobs (e.g., corporate lawyer, CEO of a large firm) are inherently more stressful and as such individuals who hold such positions are more likely to succumb to job-related ill effects. A large body of research has found the exact opposite link. Read More
Men constitute the great majority of very high-end art collectors. Since there is no shortage of very wealthy women who are otherwise capable of paying lavish sums for art pieces, why the male bias? It's all about sexual signaling! Hey ladies: I am so wealthy that I can "waste" $140 million on a Jackson Pollock painting. In the immortal words of the Notorious B.I.G., "I love it when you call me big poppa"! Read More
Yes, it's a diamond-studded Mercedes! Bling-Bling taken to new heights. The great majority of brands that are mentioned in song lyrics involve such displays of conspicuous wealth, demonstrating that songs are valuable in investigating the attributes that men and women desire in prospective partners.
One of the greatest obstacles to maintaining a healthy weight is our innate penchant for food variety. For example, if individuals are offered the same amount of candies but in one case all in one color and in the second instance in multiple colors, consumption will be greater in the multicolor condition even though the colorant has no effect on the candies' taste, smell, or texture. Read More
Women exhibit several morphological changes as a function of their menstrual cycles. One such trait is breast symmetry. Read on to find out how this metric varies across the ovulatory cycle. Cryptic ovulation...not quite!
A recent study finds that women constituted 17% of customers who entered a sex shop. Hence, whereas it is certainly true that this remains a male-dominated activity, a significant number of women seem interested in pornographic material and related sexual accoutrements. Read More
A recent study finds that when a dog accompanies individuals, the likelihood of their requests being complied with (e.g., asking for money, asking for a woman's phone number) increases. Yet another reason to love dogs!
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Women prefer men who possess deep voices, as it serves as a good cue of phenotypic quality. If a man's voice is a sexually selected trait then we should expect a link between men's voices and their reproductive success. A recent study set out to test this exact proposition. Ultimately, a dream guy is one who looks like David Beckham and sounds like Barry White.
Not only do athletes' testosterone levels fluctuate as a function of whether they win or lose but also that of their fans is also prone to such rises and drops. The World Cup Final will be played in a few hours. Irrespective of whether you support the Dutch or the Spaniards, prepare to have a strong endocrinological response. Such is the power of sports viewing. Read More
Which of these two options would you choose: (1) You will receive a $500 salary increase, and your colleague will also receive a $500 salary increase; or (2) You will receive a $600 salary increase but your colleague will receive an $800 salary increase. Does the sex of the colleague matter in forming your choice? Read on to find out if your preference aligns with the research findings. Read More
A recent study conducted on congenitally blind men confirms that they too exhibit a preference for the female hourglass figure. It's getting tougher for social constructivists to argue that media images are to blame for supposed "arbitrary" and sexist preferences.