Monthly Archives: January 2011

Babies aware of social dominance by 10 months (Study, CORDIS)

“By the time they are 10 months old, babies are aware of social dominance and know that if 2 individuals come into conflict, the bigger one will likely prevail, new US-Danish research shows. The findings, published in the journal Science, … Continue reading

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Closing our eyes affects our moral judgements (Study, ResearchDigest)

“The simple act of closing our eyes has a significant effect on our moral judgement and behaviour. […] Participants with their eyes closed who heard a hypothetical scenario in which they deliberately over-estimated hours worked (so as to charge more) … Continue reading

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Thinner women get fatter paychecks (Study)

“A recent study has found that a worker’s girth can have an appreciable impact on the size of his or her paycheck. The study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that thin women are paid more than their … Continue reading

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David Eagleman – The law and neuroscience

“Dr David Eagleman considers some emerging questions relating to law and neuroscience, challenging long-held assumptions in criminality and punishment and predicting a radical new future for the legal system.” I found it relatively interesting from minute 26 onwards, speaking about: … Continue reading

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“When a Buddhist applies the idea of constant change to the self and the soul, he gains an insight that other religions lack.” (David Weisman)

“When a Buddhist applies the idea of constant change to the self and the soul, he gains an insight that other religions lack. What we call a mind (or a self, or a soul) is actually something that changes so … Continue reading

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Men are distracted by attractive newsreaders: The more attractive a female newsreader is, the less likely male viewers are to remember what she had been saying (Study, DailyMail)

“It won’t come as much of a surprise to women, but men are distracted by attractive newsreaders. In fact, the more attractive a female newsreader is, the less likely male viewers are to remember what she had been saying, according … Continue reading

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Beautiful People Really ARE More Intelligent (Study, PT)

Correlation study: “Intelligence is just as strongly correlated with beauty as with education” “The National Child Development Study (NCDS) includes all babies bornduring the week of 03-09 March 1958 in Great Britain (England, Wales, and Scotland), and has followed them … Continue reading

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(Creepy indeed:) Decapitation in Rats: Latency to Unconsciousness and the ‘Wave of Death’ (Study)

Abstract “The question whether decapitation is a humane method of euthanasia in awake animals is being debated. To gather arguments in this debate, obsolete rats were decapitated while recording the EEG, both of awake rats and of anesthetized rats. Following … Continue reading

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Interacting with women can impair men’s cognitive functioning (Study)

A b s t r a c t “The present research tested the prediction that mixed-sex interactions may temporarily impair cognitive functioning. Two studies, in which participants interacted either with a same-sex or opposite-sex other, demonstrated that men’s (but not … Continue reading

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Sussing Out Simians: Humans Can Accurately Size Up a Chimp’s Personality after Viewing Its Face (Study, Scientific American Mind)

“A new study suggests that humans and their nearest evolutionary cousins not only transmit personality traits via their facial characteristics, but that people can pick up on these cues from both species” “In four experiments scientists asked university students to … Continue reading

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