Human Quirks: Living Well
February 7, 2016

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February 7, 2016

Some Consumers Use ‘servant’ Brands to Gain Sense of Power, Study Finds

Jan. 5, 2016 — A recent study states that some consumers -- materialists who strongly link possessions to happiness and who tend to have poor personal relationships -- regard anthropomorphized popular products as ... read more

Can Your Pet Boost Your Sex Appeal?

Dec. 15, 2015 — Dogs and cats are increasingly seen as being a crucial member of a traditional family, but aside from the companionship and love you receive from your pet... can they also make you appear ... read more

Text Messages That End in a Period Seen as Less Sincere

Dec. 8, 2015 — Participants in a study read a series of exchanges that appeared either as text messages or as handwritten notes. Based on the participants’ responses, text messages that ended with a period were ... read more

In Social Movements, 'Slactivists' Matter

Dec. 7, 2015 — People who casually like or retweet activist content on social media are often criticized as 'slacktivists.' But in analyzing millions of tweets surrounding social protests, researchers ... read more

Dec. 3, 2015 — Researchers have found that everyday shoppers make assumptions about brands that use green colors. The findings hold ethical implications for environmentally friendly ... read more

Watching Eyes Prevent Littering

Dec. 1, 2015 — People are less likely to drop litter if it has printed eyes on it, researchers. In an experiment that could help tackle anti-social behavior, researchers printed two leaflets, one featuring a ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — How do you quantify something as complex and personal as humor? Mathematicians have now developed a mathematical method of doing just that -- and it might not be quite as personal as we ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Do you often take chances and yet still land on your feet? Then you probably have a well-developed ... read more

Complex Humor Is No Laughing Matter

Nov. 24, 2015 — Since the earliest times, laughter and humor have performed important functions in human interaction. Jokes give us control over laughter and are therefore a way to elicit these positive effects ... read more

The Complex Sneeze, Caught on Tape

Nov. 23, 2015 — From the daintiest sleeve-stifled 'shoo to the mightiest head-whipping howl, a sneeze is as unique to an individual as a laugh -- we all do it, but everyone seems to do it differently. We know ... read more

Nov. 18, 2015 — Neuroscientists, food scientists and internationally-renowned chefs convened at the University of Kentucky recently to explore ways to help patients with neurologically-related taste impairments ... read more

Nov. 17, 2015 — If you're a man, how much you eat may have more to do with the gender of your dining companions than your appetite. A new study has found that men will eat significantly more food in the company ... read more

What's in a Name? More Than You Think...

Nov. 17, 2015 — What’s in a name? In the case of the usernames of video gamers, a remarkable amount of information about their real world personalities, according to research by psychologists. Analysis of ... read more

The Power of Magical Thinking: Why Superstitions Are Hard to Shake

Nov. 9, 2015 — When sports fans wear their lucky shirts on game day, they know it is irrational to think clothing can influence a team’s performance. But they do it anyway. Researchers finds that even when people ... read more

Who's the 'Enviest' of Them All?

Nov. 4, 2015 — Young adults are more envious than older adults, a new paper suggests. They are more envious over looks and for a wider range of other reasons, too. It also appears that both men and women are more ... read more

Virtual Selves Can Help Boost Better Real World Health, Exercise Habits

Nov. 4, 2015 — Customizing an avatar to better resemble its human user may lead to improved health and exercise behaviors, according to a team of ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — It's long been known that mood biases our judgments and perceptions, but this effect has usually been regarded as irrational or disadvantageous. A new theory argues that mood draws on ... read more

Does Cheering Affect the Outcome of College Hockey Games?

Nov. 2, 2015 — We all love belting our lungs out at sporting event, hurling insults and encouragements in turn, but does it actually have an effect on either team's performance? A study conducted suggests that ... read more

In 2030, We Will Have Local Protein on Our Plate

Nov. 2, 2015 — In 2030, new sources that will not accelerate climate change and that are located near the consumer will make available both food and fodder. New foodstuffs are being developed by breeding insects, ... read more

Singing's Secret Power: The Ice-Breaker Effect

Oct. 27, 2015 — A study with adult learners showed groups doing singing bonded faster than others. The study looked at how people attending adult education classes grew closer over seven months. The conclusion -- ... read more

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