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  • Latest estimate of psychopathy in the general population

    Psychopaths are more likely than the average person to end up in jail. People with psychopathy often deceive & manipulate others, are unable to love, feel shallow emotions, and show little remorse or shame. Since many of these traits makes one more likely to flout the law, there are many more psychopaths (as a proportion)… Read More »Latest estimate of psychopathy in the general population


  • Infants who stare longer at unexpected events have more ‘explanation-based curiosity’ later in life

    Human infants come pre-loaded with some understanding of basic physics (naïve physics). We know this from how infants behave when they encounter events that seemingly defy the laws of physics. For example, infants stare longer at physically impossible events (eg., an object moving through a wall) than at possible events (eg., an object hitting a… Read More »Infants who stare longer at unexpected events have more ‘explanation-based curiosity’ later in life


  • Study finds no connection between intensity of social media use and wellbeing

    People who spend a lot of time of social media are often thought of as seeking approval and likely to be unhappy in real life. However, there is little scientific evidence for any direct connection between social media use and wellbeing. In fact, several review studies have found that any reported effects of social media… Read More »Study finds no connection between intensity of social media use and wellbeing


  • More than a third of children in the US don’t know how meat gets to the table

    More than a third of children in the US (aged 4-7) think cheese, bacon, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, shrimp, and hamburgers come from plants, a new study found. Researchers who asked children to categorize food items into ‘animal-based’ and ‘plant-based’ for the study, also found that nearly half of the children in this age-group think… Read More »More than a third of children in the US don’t know how meat gets to the table


  • Dogs tilt their head when processing meaningful stimuli

    A few months ago, researchers identified a handful of dogs that are astonishingly fast at learning the names of toys. These “genius dogs” were found to have the ability to learn the names of hundred of toys, and have since become the focus of many scientific studies. A new study featuring these gifted canines throws… Read More »Dogs tilt their head when processing meaningful stimuli


  • People who have no mind’s eye are resistant to visual hallucinations

    A study published in the journal Cortex suggests that people who are incapable of forming mental images (aphants) are less susceptible to hallucinations. Most people can see objects that do not exist right in front of their eyes with their mind’s eye. Yet, there is a great deal of individual difference in this ability. While… Read More »People who have no mind’s eye are resistant to visual hallucinations


  • Men, more than women, prefer relationship advice from strangers online

    A new study published in Journal of Social and Personal Relationships found that the majority of Reddit users seeking relationship advice on the website are men. Findings suggest that the greater willingness of men to ask for help and discuss topics like ‘heartache’ might be because gender norms and stereotypes are relaxed in online environments.… Read More »Men, more than women, prefer relationship advice from strangers online


  • Modern parents use birth technologies to avoid undesirable birthdays

    A new study published in Frontiers in Psychology suggests that modern American parents go to great lengths to avoid undesirable birthdays for their children (like Friday the 13th). If one assumes that the distribution of natural human birth is random, then there should be the same number of births on auspicious days (Christmas Day, St.… Read More »Modern parents use birth technologies to avoid undesirable birthdays


  • Success in your career makes you less neurotic

    A study published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior suggests that career success may be associated with detectable changes in personality traits. In the past, several studies have examined the usefulness of personality traits in predicting career success. However, the reverse – the effect of career success on personality, has received little attention. The study… Read More »Success in your career makes you less neurotic


  • Newly discovered fossils suggest dinosaur lived in herds

    Everything we know about dinosaurs, we’ve learned from fossils. Over the years, new technological advancements have allowed for more careful examination of available fossils, giving new insights into dinosaur anatomy. Plus, researchers have often extrapolated from know facts about extant animals to guess what dinosaurs were like (earlier this year, for example, researchers estimated the… Read More »Newly discovered fossils suggest dinosaur lived in herds