Evolutionary Psychology Essential Reads

Make Up or Break Up? 5 Ways Couples Reconcile After a Fight

New research has identified what men and women think are the most effective tactics used by couples to reconcile after a conflict.

Does Testosterone Really Just Make Men Aggressive?

The conventional wisdom about testosterone is that it drives aggressiveness and competition. But new research reveals that social rank is also important.

Secrets of Sexual Attraction

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in The Human Beast
The problem of how different tastes in physical attraction emerge is surprisingly complex. Influences range from brain biology to fashions.

Can We Trust What Men and Women Reveal on Sex Surveys?

Sex surveys have limitations, but can be useful if administered correctly.

Intimacy Across Cultures—and Species

By Rebecca Coffey on July 11, 2017 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
Do you like gentlemanly/ladylike kisses or meaty, beastly ones? And what might that say about you as a human—and about humans as a species?

A Face Fit for the Job

Research from Canada suggests that people who rise to the top of their organisations have distinctive faces that advertise traits rare among their peers.

Four Underappreciated Markers of Female Beauty

It is no secret that when it comes to physical beauty, women are held to higher standards than are men; here are a few of the subtle things that seem to matter a lot.

Short Term Sexual Flings and the Narcissistic Personality

By Kevin Bennett on July 10, 2017 in Modern Minds
Do narcissists all over the world go after short-term sexual relationships? Cross-cultural research reveals universal links between narcissism and sex without commitment.

How Our Kids Learn Naturally

How do we stimulate the natural learning capacities of our children better in classrooms around the world?

Does Your Name Fit Your Face?

New research by psychologists from New Zealand suggests that there are negative social consequences if our name doesn't match our face.

Creativity Goes With Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EI) famously predicts all kinds of positive attributes. A recent study shows that high EI goes hand in hand with creativity. Here’s why.

Would You Agree to Sex With a Total Stranger?

Sex with strangers? Men and women disagree.

What's In a Face?

Human faces exhibit more diversity than any other physical feature and more than other species. This fact tells us of the social evolution of our ancestors.

Differences Between Self-Directed and Progressive Education

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Self-Directed Education and progressive education both emphasize the education of the whole, unique person, but they differ greatly in how that education is best achieved.
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Understanding Sex in Advertising

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Pop Psych
Sex doesn't sell all types of products equally well, new research shows.

Do You Have to Be Self-Centered to Be Self-Actualized?

What would you do to reach your highest potential? A new series of studies raises doubts about the classical view of self-actualization.

Parental Alienation and Its Repair

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in The Me in We
Parental alienation and how to recover the parent-child relation.

The Psychology of Selfies

By David Ludden Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in Talking Apes
A new study shows how people adjust the camera angle of their selfies to manage the impression they want to make on other persons.

Why Parents Make Us What We Are

Imprinted genes are critically implicated in nurture via their role in the brain and REM sleep.

Why Are Crowded City Dwellers Living the Slow Life?

The big city means the fast life, unrestricted sexuality, street gangs, and hordes of uncaring people. Right? Maybe not, according to a recently published series of studies.

Hating the Elite

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in The Human Beast
Many deride the wealthy elite as symbols of inequality in democratic societies supposedly founded on equality. Why do people hate them so much?

Feeling Powerful Changes How We Respond to Being Stared At

Perceiving ourselves to be higher in status can buffer us from feeling intimidated.

The Relationship Between Waist-Hip Ratio and Fertility

In women, a low waist-hip ratio correlates with health, fertility, and attractiveness. However, a new study reveals that it may also distinguish between past and future fertility.

Decreasing Self-Centeredness May Also Help Reduce Loneliness

A study published today by John Cacioppo and colleagues reports that self-centeredness and perceived social isolation feed off one another as part of a reciprocal feedback loop.

Going Cold Turkey on Screens

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in The Human Beast
Modern humans enjoy a much faster pace of life than our subsistence ancestors, makes us smarter but contributing to anxiety and health problems. Can we slow to a healthier pace?

Are Young Women With Older Men Looking for a Daddy?

Relationships with a significant age gap almost always trigger raised eyebrows. Research helps to determine whether those raised eyebrows are justified.

Do Women Prefer Partners Who Resemble Their Brothers?

New research suggests that there is a "family resemblance" between women's boyfriends and brothers.

Epigenetics of Music: A Karaoke vs. Bach Genetic Conflict?

A study of a rare imprinting disorder has wide implications for our appreciation of music—Bach and karaoke included!

Psychology of the Greater Good and the Paris Acccord

Fortunately for us humans, our cognitive capacities allow us to take the greater good deeply into account. When it comes to the environment, we probably should do just that.

Breakfast, Brains, and Entropy

What Waffle House hash browns can teach us about the origins of human consciousness.