Tuesday, 1 May 2012


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

"People with easier-to-pronounce surnames occupy higher status positions in law firms"

Congenitally blind humans can discern the emotional state of dog barks, even if they've never owned a dog.

More evidence of the benefits of viewing and making art for people with dementia.

The assumptions we make about sporty people: "Both team and individual sport athletes were perceived as being less lazy, more competitive, and healthier than non-participants by both males and females."

Cheesy lyrics are grounded in science: Your love lifts me higher! The energizing quality of secure relationships.

Who do we gossip about at work? A social network analysis.

Men feel more powerful if they have tenuous links with a powerful person.

Distinguishing science from pseudoscience in school psychology.

Visual illusion can boost putting performance by making the hole look bigger.

More materialistic, less civic minded, less concerned for others - charting generational changes in young adults'  life goals from 1966 to 2009.

The eye movements that underlie the rotating snakes illusion.

Conservatives are happier than liberals, but why?

"Our findings suggest that due to their expertise, architects were able to encode and detect building stimuli at a lower neural cost".

Men are attracted to women in red because they perceive them to be sexually receptive.

Women are more receptive to male advances when the smell of pastries or coffee is in the air

Does the weather really affect tipping?

Psychoanalysis and the brain – why did Freud abandon neuroscience?

After recalling a time they've been naughty, people judge the room they're in to be darker. Does anyone know - has Jeremy Hunt been turning all the lights on lately?

Post compiled by Christian Jarrett for the BPS Research Digest.

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