Human Quirks: Living Well
August 4, 2015

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August 4, 2015

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

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

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

May 21, 2015 — Face perception plays an important role in social communication. There have been many studies of face perception in human using non-invasive neuroimaging and electrophysiological methods, but studies ... read more

May 19, 2015 — As social creatures, we tend to mimic each other's posture, laughter, and other behaviors, including how we speak. Now a new study shows that people with similar views tend to more closely ... read more

May 18, 2015 — The hottest hairstyle, the latest extreme sport, the newest viral stunt -- trends happen for a reason and now scientists have a better understanding of why. In a study using functional magnetic ... read more

Three Perspectives on 'The Dress'

May 14, 2015 — When you look at this photograph, what colors are the dress? Some see blue and black stripes, others see white and gold stripes. This striking variation took the internet by storm in February; now ... read more

May 13, 2015 — While examining how airplane noise affects the palate, food scientists found umami-rich foods become your taste bud's best ... read more

May 13, 2015 — Men who wear red clothes send out a signal that they are angry and aggressive, in much the same way as if their face had reddened, new research suggests. This study is believed to be the first into ... read more

Losing Streak: Competitive High-School Sports Linked to Gambling

May 11, 2015 — High-schoolers involved in competitive sports are at an elevated risk of addictive gambling, a new study concludes. According to the research, the participation of male high-school students in ... read more

May 11, 2015 — Robotic dogs are likely to replace the real thing in households worldwide in as little as a decade, as our infatuation with technology grows and more people migrate to high-density city ... read more

May 8, 2015 — Countless research and self-help books claim that having more sex will lead to increased happiness, based on the common finding that those having more sex are also happier. Scientists now report that ... read more

May 8, 2015 — A new study examined aggressive behavior between subjects playing games cooperatively, competitively and by themselves. It seems playing video games cooperatively with others can lead to widespread ... read more

May 6, 2015 — The Trace app turns a digital sketch that you draw on your smartphone screen -- heart, maple leaf, raindrop -- into a walking route that you can send to a friend. The recipient of the ... read more

May 6, 2015 — When it comes to rewards and punishments, which is more effective -- the carrot or the stick? A simple experiment suggests that punishments are more likely to influence behavior than rewards. The ... read more

May 6, 2015 — Evolutionary biologists and computer scientists have come together study the evolution of pop music. Their analysis of 17,000 songs from the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, 1960 to 2010, is the most ... read more

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