Creativity determines sexual success, research suggests
The more creative a person is, the more sexual partners they are likely to have, according to a pioneering study which could explain the behaviour of notorious womanisers such as poets Lord Byron and Dylan Thomas.
The research, by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the Open University in the UK, found that professional artists and poets have around twice as many sexual partners as those who do not indulge in these creative activities.More...
> Studying brain activity could aid diagnosis of social phobia
People suffering generalised social phobia experience increased brain activity when confronted with threatening faces or frightening social situations, new research shows.
> The first laugh: New study posits evolutionary origins of two distinct types of laughter
In an important new study from the forthcoming Quarterly Review of Biology, biologists from Binghamton University explore the evolution of two distinct types of laughter – laughter which is stimulus-driven and laughter which is self-generated and strategic.
> Mildly depressed people more perceptive than others
Findings published in international journal Cognition and Emotion
> Gene controls whether fear is a factor
In a recent issue of Cell, researchers report the discovery of a gene that controls the ability to react with appropriate fear to impending danger. As a result, mice lacking the gene stathmin become daredevils of a sort, the researchers report. The basic findings may have general implications for the study of anxiety disorders and potential anti-anxiety drugs, according to researchers.
> Brain activity related to processing faces is similar in people with, without autism
New findings may help with social interaction
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News FeedAbout Psychology: May 17 2013 07:49 am
Definition: Behavioral therapy uses the principles of behaviorism to increase desirable behaviors and reduce or eliminate unwanted ones. Unlike many other forms of therapy, behavioral therapy is focused on taking an action-based approach to changing specific behaviors. Some methods used in this ty (More...)
Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life: May 16 2013 08:41 am
In her recent trial, Jodie Arias gave us a vivid demonstration of some typical features of personality disorder, especially pathological lying. Interestingly, her jurors were not fooled by the fact that she is an attractive, charming young woman.Tags: character disturbance, law enforcement, personal (More...)
Mind Hacks: May 16 2013 05:53 am
This is the first fortnightly column I’ll be writing for The Conversation, a creative commons news and opinion website that launched today. The site has been set up by a number of UK universities and bodies such as the Wellcome Trust, Nuffield Foundation and HEFCE, following the successful mod (More...)
Mind Hacks: May 15 2013 02:34 pm
The Boston Globe has a short but fascinating interview on the history of swearing where author Melissa Mohr describes how the meaning of the act of swearing has changed over time. IDEAS: Are there other old curses that 21st-century people would be surprised to hear about? MOHR: Because [bad words] w (More...)
PsyBlog: May 15 2013 11:41 am
Would you give this man your telephone number? (Don't let the guitar case influence you.)
Making Habits, Breaking Habits
In his new book, Jeremy Dean--psychologist and author of PsyBlog--looks at how habits work, why they are so hard to change, and how to break bad old cycles and develop new healthy (More...)