Human Quirks: Living Well
September 3, 2015

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More Human Quirks: Living Well
September 3, 2015

Aug. 31, 2015 — A researcher is working to make everyday objects easier to maintain so they last longer and don’t end up in a landfill. His first such creation is an easy-to-clean ... read more

Titanium Rings Proving Problematic for Emergency Care Doctors

Aug. 13, 2015 — Rings made of titanium -- an increasingly popular alternative to gold and silver -- are giving emergency doctors a headache because they are so difficult to prize off swollen fingers, reveals a case ... read more

At What Age Does Hard Work Add a Shine to Lousy Prizes?

July 27, 2015 — Putting in a lot of effort to earn a reward can make unappealing prizes more attractive to kindergartners, but not to preschoolers, according to new research. The findings revealed that when ... read more

Researchers Identify Neural Signature of Tunnel Vision

July 27, 2015 — A new study measured brain activity while people watched clips from Alfred Hitchcock and other suspenseful films. During high suspense moments, the brain narrows what people see and focuses their ... read more

Know It's a Placebo? Study Shows the 'Medicine' Could Still Work

July 24, 2015 — A new study shoes that under certain conditions, research participants who know a treatment they are receiving to ease pain is a placebo with no medical value, it still ... read more

Musical Tastes Offer a Window Into How You Think

July 22, 2015 — Do you like your jazz to be Norah Jones or Ornette Coleman, your classical music to be Bach or Stravinsky, or your rock to be Coldplay or Slayer? The answer could give an insight into the way you ... read more

July 20, 2015 — What you're reading now secretly tells you whether your country will be skinnier or fatter in three years. After analyzing 50 years of all the food words mentioned in major newspapers like the ... read more

Self-Proclaimed Experts More Vulnerable to the Illusion of Knowledge

July 20, 2015 — The more people think they know about a topic in general, the more likely they are to allege knowledge of completely made-up information and false facts, a phenomenon known as ... read more

Does Salt Cause Thirst? It's Really Not All That Certain

July 16, 2015 — Conventional wisdom contends that the consumption of salt makes us thirsty and therefore leads to increased drinking to restore the balance of minerals in the body. However, no correlation was found ... read more

Misquotes and Memes: Did Ben Franklin Really Say That?

July 1, 2015 — As Independence Day approaches, social media is lighting up with memes and quotes from the nation’s Founding Fathers. But did George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin actually say ... read more

When Times Are Tough, Parents Favor Daughters Over Sons

June 29, 2015 — In tough economic times, parents financially favor daughters over sons, according to researchers. The study found participants preferred to enroll a daughter rather than a son in beneficial programs, ... read more

Disgust Dampens Women's Sexual Arousal More Than Fear

June 24, 2015 — Being disgusted is a bigger passion killer for women than fear, according to new research. This study is the first to compare how sexually aroused women are after being exposed to disgust and other ... read more

Conservatives Demonstrate More Self Control Than Liberals, Studies Suggest

June 22, 2015 — Evidence from three studies uncovers a 'critical difference' in self-control as a function of political ... read more

June 18, 2015 — Researchers have found physical differences in the brains of people who respond emotionally to others' feelings, compared to those who respond more ... read more

June 16, 2015 — If you get a warm, fuzzy feeling after watching cute cat videos online, the effect may be more profound than you think, according to research. The Internet phenomenon of watching cat videos, from Lil ... read more

June 10, 2015 — Research using gambling techniques shows that even very recent experiences carry a ‘temporal markdown’ so that those more immediate carry disproportionate weight in decision-making, meaning that ... read more

June 9, 2015 — On Friday, May 22, physicians and nurses separated a pair of six-month-old conjoined Haitian twins, the first such operation ever performed on Haitian ... read more

Toothbrush Contamination in Communal Bathrooms

June 2, 2015 — Data confirms that there is transmission of fecal coliforms in communal bathrooms at a university, and that toothbrushes can serve as a vector for transmission of potentially pathogenic ... read more

Homely Men Who Misbehave Can't Win for Losing: Attractiveness Influences Online Daters, Jurors

May 27, 2015 — Women tolerate an unattractive man up to a point, but beware if he misbehaves. Then they'll easily shun him, researchers report, after finding that a woman's view of a man is influenced by ... read more

May 21, 2015 — TV food commercials disproportionately stimulate the brains of overweight teenagers, including the regions that control pleasure, taste and -- most surprisingly -- the mouth, suggesting they mentally ... read more

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