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Homosexuality: A Queer Problem

 There are few odd things about homosexuality, scientifically speaking: For example, why don’t homosexual men want the same kind of guys that heterosexual women prefer?  How can nonreproductive behavior be heritable?   
Am I Pretty?
Perception Gap
Mixed Signals

Death By Plumbing

By Eliezer Sobel on June 09, 2010 in The 99th Monkey
 Wednesday: My wife notices the downstairs bathroom ceiling is buckling from water damage.Thursday: Local handyman fixes leaky toilet tank upstairs, directly above, and pokes a few 2" holes in the downstairs bathroom ceiling to let the water drip out, and says "We'll let it dry out a few weeks then patch things up." 

The Doctor is in . . . a Bad Mood

We like to think our doctor's effectiveness is determined by his education and expertise.  You might be surprised -- and alarmed -- to learn what else impacts his or her treatment decisions.

Rolling Stones, Babies, and Song Recognition

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on June 09, 2010 in Mental Mishaps
I have two very different versions of "The Tears of a Clown" on my iPod: the Motown original by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and a great Ska music cover by The English Beat. The tempo, the key, the voices and the instrumentation differ quite a bit between these two versions, but I can easily recognize them as the same song. Something is constant across these changes. Even infants can recognize songs across some changes. 

The Allure of a Female Hitchhiker’s Breast Size (To Male Drivers)

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on June 09, 2010 in Homo Consumericus
Does a female hitchhiker's likelihood of being picked up by a driver depend on her breast size, and does the sex of the driver moderate the effect (if any)? 
Attachment Security
We Never Grow Up
The Italian Mammismo

This Week in Willpower

Each week I scour the web for a round-up of interesting news stories, scientific studies, and oddities on the web. Ladies and gentlemen, this was the week on willpower:

Doing a Full Pomodoro: Give Me a Break, Please!

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on June 08, 2010 in Don't Delay
Do a pomodoro. The tomato that's a verb. Sure, the technique has merits, but be careful not to miss the point. Technique is never enough.

Hyper-Sexuality, Sex Addiction & ADHD

By Jory Goodman M.D. on June 08, 2010 in Attention, Please

Loneliness, Like Happiness, Can Be Contagious

By Ray Williams on June 08, 2010 in Wired for Success
Loneliness, like happiness, can be contagious, according to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology by John Cacioppo at the University of Chicago. His research shows that happiness can spread through social networks.

The Progressive Pitfall

By Nando Pelusi Ph.D. on June 08, 2010 in Locus of Control
A noble aspiration for display plants a seed of misery

Dogs to Dye For: Extreme Canine Fashions

Dogs have been used as fashion statments in the past, however now they are being dyed for special occasions. The Chinese are even clippind and dying dogs to make them look like other animals.

Did Your Parents Make You Take Piano Lessons? If So, Have They Made You Happier?

By Gretchen Rubin on June 08, 2010 in The Happiness Project
I’ve been thinking a lot about my urge to sign up my children for lessons -- piano lessons, Tae Kwon Do, etc. I feel extremely lucky that I can choose to provide lessons for my daughters -- that I can afford to do it. Absolutely! But is it a good idea? I'd like to hear adults' reflections on their own experiences with lessons. If you have a minute, I'd appreciate it if you'd answer three quick questions. For these purposes, don't consider any lessons that you, as a child, asked to take; here, I’m interested in parent-initiated lessons. Also, don’t consider religious school. Sunday school, Hebrew school, CCD, etc. are in a different category from soccer practice.

Lesbians Raise Happier Kids

 Are children raised by lesbians happier and less aggressive?

Does religion breed racism?

By Tami Winfrey Harris on June 07, 2010 in Colorstruck
A recent study found a positive correlation between religiosity and racial bias. But is religion really the problem here or is it something else?

Challenging Gladwell's Blink

By Eric Jaffe on June 07, 2010 in Headcase
The dangers of relying on intuition

Popular Culture: America's Self-esteem Problem

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on June 07, 2010 in The Power of Prime
Yes, we have a self-esteem problem in our country, but we don't recognize it because, well, we have a self-esteem problem. We need look no further than the bewildering popularity of the reality-TV show Jersey Shore and the instant celebrity garnered from its inhabitants despite their complete absence of qualifications.
Body Buffer Zone
Back Off!
How Close is Too Close?
Suffocating in a Relationship

Is The "Me Generation" Less Empathetic?

By Ray Williams on June 06, 2010 in Wired for Success
Is Generation Y--or the "millennials," as they are often referred to--less empathetic, and more self-centered than previous generations? Or is our society in general more self-centered and less empathetic?
The Price of Conformity
Behavioral Health
Clinging to Your Crew
What Is Normal?

The "Do It Right, Or Don't Do It" Philosophy

By Robert I. Sutton on June 04, 2010 in Work Matters
Fear-based management at Fox news?
Older Dad
Late Mommy
Too Old to be a Mom?
Pregnant at 47

Al and Tipper: We Hardly Knew Ye

More than anything else, what concerns me about the Gore divorce is the cultural message it reinforces: that marriages, like leaking oil, drift over time in ways that we can't do much about, that people once mated for life get caught in different currents and wake up one day to find themselves in different seas, too far apart to be life partners any more.