Thursday, 8 March 2012


Eye-catching studies that didn't make the final cut:

The last chocolate tastes the best.

Men with beards are judged to be higher status, more aggressive, but less attractive.

Taking the beta-blocker propranolol associated with reduced implicit racism.

People who are kind to themselves are more caring and supportive of their romantic partners.

Violence among female stalkers.

Mental fatigue makes us more sensitive to serious transgressions but actually less sensitive to minor ones.

The map in your head faces north

You look as good as you feel. Exercise benefits people's body image even when their weight/shape hasn't changed.

How impulsive tendencies and attitudes interact with self-control to predict time spent watching porn

If you're slow at the traffic lights, you're likely to get honked earlier if you're in a red car.

Suffering childhood maltreatment is associated with having reduced volume in parts of the hippocampus.

Food deprivation sensitizes pain perception. The finding has implications for emotional disturbances associated with eating disorders.

Surely snack companies will resist this: occasional differently coloured crisps in a tube of crisps was found to reduce consumption - presumably because they provide a marker of how much you've eaten.

Public skepticism of psychology: Why many people perceive the study of human behavior as unscientific.

We forage through our semantic memories like animals forage for food.


 Post compiled by Christian Jarrett for the BPS Research Digest.

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