Posts tagged "studies"

Think About Food Or Sex, Get Fat Or Laid

A new study done at Dartmouth confirmed what we already knew: Focus on food and you will probably get fat, think about sex and you are more likely to get laid. Forty-eight females were given brain scans while being shown pictures of food, animals nature scenes and people engaging in sexual and nonsexual activities. Researcher…

By: Ami Angelowicz / April 25, 2012

Study Says The Left Side Of Your Face Looks A Lot Better

Your left profile is the hot one, apparently. Researchers at Wake Forest University devoted time to the issue by asking 37 college students to rate 20 faces in photos, and found they preferred those showing their left sides, Huffington Post reports. "Our results suggest that posers' left cheeks tend to exhibit a greater intensity of emotion, which…

By: Newser / April 24, 2012

How Would You Use An X-Ray Vision App?

In today's edition of "Real Life Is Basically Already 'Star Trek'," researchers at the University of Texas have created a device that would allow cellphones to see through walls, wood, plastic, paper, and other solid objects. Yes, seriously. A microchip taps into a range of the electromagnetic spectrum, a receiver translates the data, and ta-da:…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 24, 2012

Women Choose Briefcases Over Babies Where Men Are Scarce

Modern American ladies are faced with a new phenomenon that has a real chuckle-worthy title coined by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: "choosing briefcase over baby." Us girls are receiving 57 percent of all Bachelor’s degrees and 60 percent of all Masters' degrees and we're apparently rewarded for our efforts with a scarcity…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / April 24, 2012

Women Who Go Into The Workforce Are Ugly, According To Rush Limbaugh’s Wildly Inaccurate Twisting Of Study

I'm fairly certain that Rush Limbaugh could take Goodnight, Moon and twist it into a tale of shrill harpies hellbent on John Bobbitt-ing the male species and strangling newborn babies with their long, flowing strands of armpit hair. That is the only explanation for his wildly inaccurate (and, it should go without saying, wildly sexist)…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2012

Happy National Kissing Day! Which Area Of Your Body Would You Like To Be Kissed More?

Apparently it's National Kissing Day! Who knew? The only lips I'm interested in smooching are hundreds of miles away (frowny face), but I'm happy to use this holiday as an excuse to talk about other places that ca be kissed. According to research conducted by William Cane for his book The Art of Kissing, 96 percent of…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 13, 2012

This Just In: A Couple Beers Might Improve Your Test Scores

A new study from the University of Illinois should make college students very happy: apparently drinking a couple beers before a test may improve your performance. Researchers administered a brain teaser quiz to a group of 40 men. Study participants who had two drinks before the test --either two pints of beer or two medium…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 13, 2012

Psychiatrist Retracts BS “Gay Conversion Therapy” Study

In my favorite scene from the movie "Bruno," Bruno (a gay fashion reporter and wannabe superstar from Austria) sat down with a Christian "gay converter" to learn how he could turn himself heterosexual. He was advised to go hunting with three straight Southern dudes, who ended up chasing him down with a gun after he…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / April 13, 2012

Study: People Who Spend Their Money On Experiences Are Happier

How you spend your money says a lot about you -- and it says even more about whether or not you're a happy person. A new study from San Francisco State University asked nearly 10,000 people to evaluate how happy they were. It found that people who spent their money on experiences were generally happier…

By: Julie Gerstein / April 6, 2012

Wait, What? Scientists Discover A Jennifer Aniston Neuron

Jennifer Aniston obviously plays an important role in American pop culture, but scientists have discovered that she also plays a prominent role in a more unexpected place: the medial part of the temporal lobe. Yep, there is a Jennifer Aniston neuron in our brains. Skeptical? Confused? Okay, here's the deal ...

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 5, 2012

Are You So Addicted To Your Cellphone That It May Be Harmful To Your Health?

Your relationship with your cellphone may be harmful to your health. A recent Harvard Business School study has shown that most of us have risky attachments to our cellphones that may be affecting our work, personal lives and health. One of the recent concerns is the harmful effects the blue light emitted from mobile phone…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / April 4, 2012

“Beer Goggles” Explained By Science

We are all familiar with "beer goggles," otherwise known as the only reason anything happens on "Jersey Shore" ever. Recently, scientists with too much time on their hands have discovered just how "beer googles" work and how they're harder on lady drinkers. Haha, very funny, Mother Nature.

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2012

Study Finds That Access To Birth Control Increases Women’s Wages

The income gap between men and women in the United States has been narrowing over the past few decades and new research says we have the birth control pill to thank. Research conducted by The University of Michigan analyzed the careers of 4,300 women and found that the earlier they had access to the Pill,…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / March 28, 2012

8 Weird Things That Happen To Us When We’re Ovulating

Ladies, in case you weren't aware, while that teeny tiny egg makes its way down your fallopian tubes, your hormones are making you do all kinds of weird crap you have no awareness of. It's like an alien inhabits your body and coerces it into behavior that you would never dream of the other 27…

By: Ami Angelowicz / March 27, 2012

“Duh” Of The Day: Facebook Is Ruining Our Self-Esteem

Anyone with a Facebook account knows there's nothing like a late night tour of your friends' seemingly perfect lives to shatter your confidence. Now a recent study has confirmed that for people struggling with low self-esteem, Facebook is bad news. Researchers collected recent status updates from undergraduate volunteers who had also completed a self-esteem survey.

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 27, 2012

Are Pharmacists Lying To Teenagers About The Morning-After Pill?

A new study conducted by the Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine and published in the journal Pediatrics has uncovered a truly disturbing trend: teens are being given false information about the legality and availability of the morning-after pill (also known as Plan B), quite possibly on purpose, by their pharmacists. What the what?! First,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 26, 2012

14 Things Science Says Guys Love

I had a good chuckle over Made Man's list of Things Science Says Women Love. Apparently we are all suckers for homosexual men who look like our dads and don't smile. Thanks, science! Oh, the image I'm conjuring right now is unsettling. Anyhow … I felt inspired to roundup a few of the things science…

By: Ami Angelowicz / March 22, 2012

Why You Shouldn’t Bother Splurging On Fancy Wine

Ever wondered why you can't quite detect those hints of vanilla and cardamom touted in a pricey bottle of wine? A new study finds that wine experts—like the wine writer who likely informed you of that cardamom in the first place—simply have a better sense of taste than most of the rest of us. Hundred…

By: Newser / March 18, 2012

Science Looking To Ecstasy To Treat PTSD Sufferers

After controversy surrounded mind-altering “psychedelic” drugs like LSD, MDMA and psilocybin (the compound found in “magic mushrooms”) in the 1960s, tougher drug laws brought many clinical studies hoping to reveal the drugs’ “complex psychological effects” to a halt. Now, the FDA has begun to approve some research using the drugs and some firmly believe they…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / March 16, 2012

Marriage May Keep You Alive Longer

As the number of couples walking down the aisle dwindles, science suggests that our generation may be missing out on marriage's "healing powers." A study published by the Journal of Health and Social Behavior reveals that adults who've tied the knot have a better survival rate after heart surgery. According to Ellen Idler, a sociologist at…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / March 11, 2012
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