Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Competitors in the Ultimate Fighting Championship who wear red trunks are no more likely to win than those wearing other-coloured trunks - contradicts past research suggesting a winning "red effect". (background story)
It Pays to Be Herr Kaiser: Germans With Noble-Sounding Surnames More Often Work as Managers Than as Employees
Fooled by the brain: Re-examining the influence of neuroimages (background story)
Detecting awareness after brain injury - new review paper (pdf)
People who defy stereotypes are liked more when described with adjectives (e.g. "sensitive man") rather than in terms of their behaviour (e.g. "the man cries").
Failure to replicate evidence for a genetic test for autism (news report on the finding from Ed Yong)
Examining the Possible Functions of Kissing in Romantic Relationships
"the first systematic survey of the magnitude of erotic sensations from various body parts"
A failure to replicate the finding that secrets leave us feeling physically encumbered (pdf). We covered the original finding on the Digest: Secrets leave us physically encumbered.
A successful replication of Robert Cialdini's hotel towel re-use study - i.e. the finding that hotel guests are more likely to reuse their towels if they're told about how many other people do so, rather than given the usual environmental message.
Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.