The genders kill differently — and one paper proposes it’s because of our ancient roles

I do like this theory.

If you think cats are antisocial, it’s probably you, new study concludes

It’s probably your fault — of course.

Music can be used to estimate political ideology to an “accuracy of 70%”, researchers say

“Happy”

Materialism is on the rise — here’s how to avoid raising a materialistic child

There’s a silver bullet to fight materialism: generosity.

People can handle the truth — more than you think

Speak your mind, but don’t be a jerk.

Angry people are more likely to overestimate their intelligence — but that’s not the whole story

Results are intriguing, but psychologists are faced with a weird problem.

Egotists’ brains just don’t care about the future, affecting their choices in life

“Whether the consequences of our choices for ourselves and others are visible immediately or will only materialize in the future, we need to integrate them into our considerations when deciding,” the paper’s abstract reads.

Video games might make you more sexist, but not as much as religion

Video games have a negative impact, but religion was three times more likely to make teens sexist.

Personality traits are “contagious among children” — especially good ones

When preschoolers hang out with each other, they tend to borrow each other’s personalities, a new study has found.

Optimistic women live more, new study finds

An encouraging study conducted by Harvard researchers found that having an optimistic outlook on life may help people to live longer.

Most psychology studies can’t be replicated – and this is a huge problem

Numerous academic journals often post intriguing and challenging psychological studies – but according to a new, massive review, we should take those studies with a big grain of salt. A four-year project by 270 researchers attempted to replicate 100 experiments published in three of the most prestigious journals; only 36 produced similar results. Social sciences have taken quite a “beating” in recent

Be sarcastic! It’s good for you, scientists find

Using and understanding the intricacies of sarcasm is a fine art; one does not simply “become” sarcastic – you must dive into it, let it embrace you. You must become sarcasm. But jokes aside, sarcasm is a strange thing – we don’t know exactly how it appeared and why. The best theory seems to be that it developed as a cognitive

High heels really do have power over men, study shows

Marilyn Monroe once said that if you give a woman the right shoes, she can conquer the world; that may be a bit of a stretch, but a new study published in a Springer journal has shown that if a woman wants attention or help from a man, high heels definitely go a long way. Previous research has already shown

Gifted children rarely achieve their potential, 30-year study shows

Gifted children are supposed to be tomorrow’s leaders, scientists, and innovators – but the exceptionally smart are often invisible in the classroom, don’t do so well on the curriculum, and aren’t motivated by society to achieve their full potential. This conclusion comes after the longest study that monitors exceptional children, a 30-year study conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody

Cited paper suggesting a ‘ratio for a good life’ exposed as nonsense by amateur psychologist

A 52-year-old, part-time graduate student with no previous training in psychology and little training in math aside from high-school has discredited a very cited paper published in 2005 in American Psychologist. The paper, then written by Barbara Fredrickson and Marcial Losada suggested a mathematical ratio between positivity and happiness, claiming that humans thrive when ratio of positive to negative statements

In 1950, a researcher discovered the “pleasure center” of the brain, giving a woman a 30 minute orgasm

It’s the early 1950s, and some strange experiments are going on at Tulane University in Louisiana. Well, maybe not weird, but definitely pushing the limits of neurophysiological knowledge one step further. Dr. Robert G. Heath is at the forefront of these experiments, and he found that he can manipulate both the pleasure and pain centers of the brain, just by

Brain scan shows key differences in mental disorders

One of the biggest problem in psychiatry today, though the doctors practicing it regularly hand out medication and treatment, is the lack of clear biological markers. Basically, most of the diagnosis is made based on reported and evaluated symptoms that might not hint towards the real mental affliction the said person is suffering from. Brains scans offer the best solution

Be careful, kids – high grades are contagious

Highschool students whose friends have higher grades than them have a significant tendency to raise their own grades over the course of a year, a study conducted by Hiroki Sayama from Binghamton University and his collaborators from Maine-Endwell High School in Endwell, New York, including 4 high school students. Previous research had already shown that a student’s social network can

The making of a bully – childhood trauma is key

They say that the bully is actually the victim – and studies on adolescent rats seem to support this idea; younger rats subjected to a stressful environment turn out to be aggressive adults, behaviors that may be explained by accompanying epigenetic changes and altered brain activity. Whoa, let’s slow down a little. Much like humans, rats are also vulnerable to

Smiling facilitates stress recovery

Just grin and bear it – we’ve all heard it at one point or another in our lives, and we’ve probably hated hearing it. But could there be some real scientific fact behind this piece of advice? Can smiling actually help you feel better? Smile psychology In a study forthcoming in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological