Category Archives: Psychology

One Molecule for Love, Morality, and Prosperity?

Ed Young touching on the topic of why the hype about oxytocin, known as the ‘cuddle hormone’ and ‘morale molecule’, is dumb and dangerous. Click the heart to learn more.         Reference: Bartz, J. A., et al. (2011). … Continue reading

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Change Blindness

Dan Levin and Daniel Simons conducted a person-change study, and found that about 50% of people didn’t notice they were talking to a different person. See the clip here: This sort of person-change rarely (if ever) happens in the world. You might assume, … Continue reading

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Beard Trend is ‘Guided by Evolution’

A study from 2013 (The role of facial hair in women’s perceptions of men’s attractiveness, health, masculinity and parenting abilities Evolution and Human Behavior 34 (2013) 236-241. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2013.02.003) looked at men’s and women’s judgments of attractiveness, health, masculinity and parenting abilities for … Continue reading

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Can ‘Love Hormone’ Oxytocin Protect against Addiction?

Researchers at the University of Adelaide set out to probe the connection between oxytocin development and addiction, including how and why oxytocin levels vary so much between individuals, plus how the different levels affect health. Published in Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, … Continue reading

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Vision Lost and Dream Imagery

How blind people’s mind create new, unseen imagery in their dreams. From the book ‘Curious Folks Ask’ by Sherry Seethaler.

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Brain Rewards Us for Looking at Pretty Faces

You probably saw dozens of people’s faces today, many more if you live in a city. You may not have been conscious of it, but you were subtly judging every one by its beauty. Your eyes are drawn to more … Continue reading

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How to Stand out in the Crowd of Photos Online

Why do we remember some faces, while we forget others? It’s done a lot of research on what makes a face stick in the memory, but the reasons are complex. A wide smile when the picture is taken, for example, … Continue reading

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