Wednesday, 5 June 2013


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

Watching your favourite TV shows restores your levels of self-control.

Nearly one third of pedestrians were distracted by their phone when crossing the road.

Extreme political views are often founded on a misunderstanding of the relevant policy issues.

A man "previously evaluated as having a high level of physical attractiveness" asked young women on a shopping street for their phone number. When he was carrying a guitar case, 31 per cent obliged compared with 9 per cent when he was carrying a sports bag and 14 per cent when he carried no bag.

The psychological benefits of recreational running: A field study.

Players of an American football video game suffered psychologically when they weren't allowed to engage in trash talk.

Most TED talk presenters are male non-academics. Among academic TED talkers, most are senior males with impressive publication records. But giving a TED talk doesn't benefit the impact of their academic work.

Pepsi and Coca Cola brand labels affect the brain's response to drinking cola, especially in less experienced drinkers.

More men approached a woman lying on a beach when she had a tattoo on her back, and they approached more quickly. They also thought their chances of a date or sex were greater. 

Across four methodologically diverse samples, marijuana use consistently buffered people from the negative consequences associated with loneliness and social exclusion

Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

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