Posts tagged "studies"

How An Email Becomes A Life Or Death Situation

You're sitting in your cubicle at work and you get an email from your boss asking you if you [insert task pertinent to your line of work here]. Your heart plummets into your stomach. Your worst fears are confirmed. You fucked up. You start to sweat. shake, hyperventilate. You briefly consider leaving everything you know…

By: Ami Angelowicz / October 8, 2013

Study Makes A Good Case For Not Making Eye Contact

Hooray for the shy and insecure! As it turns out, eye contact isn't always as powerful as we thought. A new paper in the journal Psychological Science says that eye contact can actually make you less persuasive to others.

By: Claire Hannum / October 7, 2013

Winos Don’t Know How Much Wine They Drink Because What Does It Matter? More Wine Please!

How do I put this in a way that won't lead my coworkers and family to stage an intervention? I am a functioning wino, by which I mean I drink a lot of wine, but I'm always on time for work, rarely get wasted or have drunken outbursts, and smell just fine, thank you. How…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 1, 2013

Science Explains Our Urge To Take A Bite Out Of An Adorable Baby

My first instinct when holding an absurdly cute, especially chubby baby is obviously to try to take a bite out of its leg. Am I weird? Maybe. I don't have the willpower to resist a roll of chubby, baby thigh. It must be nibbled on. I feel similarly about cupcakes. According to new research, thi…

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 25, 2013

The Key To A Non-Depressing Facebook Experience? Stop Lurking.

Within the past couple years, numerous studies have claimed Facebook is hazardous to our mental health and ruining our self-esteem. There have also been numerous studies that claim the opposite: Facebook is making our lives rich and full and positive and improving our relationships. The New Yorker recently posted a fascinating synopsis of the confusing,…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 18, 2013

How To Tell If He’s A Selfish Bastard Just By Looking At His Face

This just in: a bit of science that will save you hours of scrolling through online profiles. A new paper published at University of California, Riverside found, in a series of four studies, that not only are men with higher facial width-to-height ratio (wider faces) more aggressive, less trustworthy and more prone to lying and…

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 17, 2013

Bright Girls Have Big Confidence Problems — And Here’s Why

When I was in sixth grade, I'd advanced far enough along in my math studies to be in pre-Algebra. I went to magnet school in Fort Worth, Texas, with a bunch of other smart kids who had tested into the advanced program, but when I walked into Mr. Zoromski's math class, I felt suddenly out…

By: Julie Gerstein / September 4, 2013

Study: North & South Are Increasingly Polarized Over Abortion

Support for legal abortion has dropped in the South yet increased in New England over the past eight years, according to the findings in a new Pew Research Center poll. [PewResearch.org] Due to the Texas constitution's definition of marriage, the Texas National Guard is refusing to process same-sex benefits requests. Today is the first day…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 3, 2013

Study Says Haters Gonna Hate No Matter What

Haters aren't just gonna hate, they have to hate according to new research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The study looked at people's "dispositional attitudes," which are not simply a function of the thing someone's evaluating, but rather an indication of the person evaluating them. Put in simpler terms, it's the…

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 29, 2013

Study Says Women Are Happiest With Their Naked Bodies At Age 34

The morning of November 16th, I am going to wake up, strip off my pajamas, stand in front of the full-length mirror and bask in the glory of my own body. That is because I turn 34 on November 16, marking the first day of the year on earth in which I will be most…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 21, 2013

Study: Men Feel Guilty If Women Pay On Dates

The majority of both men and women believe that men should be opening their wallets on dates, according to a new study. Most men and women presume that men should pay for most expenses, even after multiple dates, and in fact, a surprising number of guys feel guilty when a woman pays.

By: Daley Quinn / August 14, 2013

Overthinking Things Will Render You A Useless Human Being

Overthinking everything is my Achilles heel. If I get into my Crazy Thinking Place, as I refer to it, I can loop around on one idea for hours, like a dog chasing its tail. It can be about anything -- from what I want to eat for lunch to what I'm going to say whe…

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 8, 2013

Study: Anorexia Is Similar To Autism

A new study suggests that girls suffering from anorexia display similar personality traits to those with autism, such as lack of empathy, high focus on detail, and rigid behavior. In some instances, girls with anorexia scored five times higher in autistic qualities than non-anorexic girls on the Autism Spectrum Quotient.

By: Alyson Penn / August 8, 2013

So, Are Facelifts A Complete Waste Of Money?

The results of the first-ever survey of attractiveness from cosmetic facial surgery are in and it's not pretty. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, face, brow, and eye-lift patients looked only three years younger with an insignificant increase in attractiveness. How does one measure something so objective, you ask? Isn't beauty, like, in the…

By: Alyson Penn / August 2, 2013

Peeing In The Ocean Is OK, Pooping Is Not

I don't know about you, but I've always been okay with peeing in the ocean. Mostly because it's annoying to pee when you're wearing a one-piece bathing suit, which I wore when I was a kid, so I just got into the habit of letting it flow in the ocean. I think most people feel…

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 1, 2013

Study: Long-Distance Relationships Can Make Stronger Bonds Than Face-To-Face Relationships

Speaking from experience, long-distance relationships can be the worst. Missing your significant other leads to frustration, which leads to anger, which leads to fights that can’t end in sex and snuggling. For some reason, people keep trying them and sometimes they even work out in the end. In fact, a study conducted by Crystal Jiang,…

By: Mary Odell / July 21, 2013

Science Justifies Why I Love Sad Vanessa Carlton Songs

Finally, research proves I'm not an unhappy person! For years, my friends have constantly criticized my choice of sad Vanessa Carlton tunes, always encouraging me to listen to happier, more uplifting music, but I have consistently declined. But according to a new study, listening to sad music can actually make you happy! The study,…

By: Daley Quinn / July 13, 2013

Men With Sisters Are More Likely To Become Republicans, Do Less Housework

My brother grew up with four sisters in the house. I know, right? Come to find out, there's more to having a bunch of sisters than just growing up to be a ladies' man. A new study published in the Journal of Politics has found that boys with sisters are more likely to grow u…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 2, 2013

Finally! My “Hanger” Problem Explained

I suffer from a condition that I refer to as "hanger." When I go too long without eating, something happens to me, beyond my control, not unlike Bruce Banner when he turns into the The Hulk. (I had to Google the name of The Hulk's alter ego, by the way. Don't mistake me for a…

By: Ami Angelowicz / June 27, 2013

There’s No Point To Cunnilingus, But We Don’t Care

Biologists set out to discover the point, evolutionarily not orgasmically, of a man performing oral sex on a woman. Because to an evolutionary scientist, I guess everything must be connected to propagation of the species? I mean, as we all know, some of the best things in life have no purpose, like tanning on the beach.

By: Ami Angelowicz / June 26, 2013
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