According to a recent study published in Evolutionary Psycholgy, having a gay best friend is essential, not just because you need someone to talk about “I Am Britney Jean” and penises with, but because the friendship serves a “biologically adaptive function.” Researchers at Texas Christian University found the straight woman/gay man friendship to be the most “natural, mutually-beneficial, rewarding, helpful and equal human relationship that can be achieved.” Keep reading »
Maybe it turns out your last relationship really DID end because you were “too attractive for him”. A recent study done by the University of Stirling and and Benedict Jones from the University of Glasgow found that when choosing long-term mates men prefer women with with “less feminine/attractive faces” and when on the hunt for a fling men tend to look for women with more feminine features such as a smaller jaw and high cheekbones. Feminine features are closely related to a woman’s perceived attractiveness and studies have found that the more feminine-looking the face, the more attractive a woman is perceived. Keep reading »
A study done at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio found that the parts of our brains that empathize and the parts that analyze are essentially unable to function at the same time. Instead, our brains move back and forth between the two functions. “This is a cognitive function we’ve evolved.Empathetic and analytic thinking are, at least to some extent, mutually exclusive in the brain,” explained Anthony Jack, one of the researchers.
This explains why even the most intelligent people can get taken in by a sob story, or why the overly analytical person can come off as cold-hearted, because only one function or the other is at work. Researchers also found that some people tend to rely on one function or the other. Keep reading »