"Feeling smaller makes people feel paranoid, mistrustful and more likely to think that people are staring or talking about them, a study by Oxford University finds."
"'People really do use sex as a way to get over or get back at their ex-partner in the aftermath of a breakup,' said study researcher Lynne Cooper, a psychologist at the University of Missouri."
"'The creative elements needed to produce humor are strikingly similar to those characterizing the cognitive style of people with psychosis – both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder,' said Gordon Claridge of the University of Oxford's department of experimental psychology, who led the study. "Although schizophrenic psychosis itself can be detrimental to humor, in its lesser form it can increase people's ability to associate odd or unusual things or to think 'outside the box. Equally, manic thinking – which is common in people with bipolar disorder – may help people combine ideas to form new, original and humorous connections."
Having sex may make you smarter, although any increase in intelligence you obtain will almost certainly be offset by the fact that you learned about this story from the Daily Mail.
"Light skin in Europeans stems from ONE 10,000-year-old ancestor who lived between India and the Middle East, claims study"
"If you can’t help snapping at your other half, blame your dreams. A study found that the content of our dreams spills over into our real-life relationships, triggering rows and doubts in the day to come. The idea that our waking life influences our dreams has been much studied. But the latest research looks at whether what we think about when asleep affects how we act when we wake up."
"A review of the benefits of laughter in patients by Oxford University has found that far from being the best medicine, it can lead to heart ruptures, asthma attacks and incontinence."
"Despite the American Medical Association’s declaration that the moderate intake of caffeine is not harmful, new research suggests that some people have serious withdrawal symptoms that may be dangerous. Caffeine is such an ingrained institution that most people make jokes about being dependent on a favorite caffeinated beverage to make their day whole. A new study, however, suggests more people are dependent on caffeine to the point that they suffer withdrawal symptoms and are unable to reduce caffeine consumption even if they have another condition that [...]
You know what, if you had a bunch of people from Science come to my house and lecture me about slumber I would probably fall fast asleep too.
"Men in their 40s who drink just two pints of beer a day risk accelerating mental decline by up to six years by the time they reach retirement age…. Moderate drinking, defined as less than 2.5 units a day – roughly a pint of beer or a large glass of wine – was found to have no effect on memory, reasoning or problem solving. But men who drank more than 4.5 units a day – less than two pints or two large glasses of wine – suffered a deterioration in their ability to recall information, the equivalent to an extra six years of ageing."
"Caffeine enhances consolidation of long-term memories in humans," says some guy who comes from Science, which is all well and good until you remember that your long-term memories are full of disappointment, sadness and outright horror, at which point you may also recall that there is a solution to erasing those memories, [...]
Your wireless router could be murdering your houseplants, but I guess that is better than developing houseplants that have evolved to not only survive but thrive on the radiation from your wireless router until they gain some kind of sentient physicality and strangle you to death in your sleep because they are sick of watching everything you use your wireless router to see. I mean, that is going to happen eventually anyway, but it would be nice if we had a few more years before it did. [Via]
"Sex problems do not only affect middle age and older people — teens and young adults have difficulties with sex too, a new study from Canada shows."
"According to a University of Minnesota study published in Psychological Science, clean desks do tend to influence us to make healthier food choices than we would if we were surrounded by unorganized piles of papers and files, with pens and paperclips and the sort scattered about. A clean environment also makes some of us more generous and less likely to commit crimes — even litter!"
"A new research study has discovered that people can reliably sense when a change had occurred in a person, even when they could not see exactly what had changed. University of Melbourne researchers believe this capacity explains what is commonly called a sixth sense, or extrasensory perception (ESP). For example, a person might notice a general change in someone’s appearance but not be able to identify that the person had had a haircut."
"A new study shows that just one night of sleep deprivation increases morning blood concentrations of NSE and S-100B — molecules typically found in the brain. Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden say the rise in concentration of these molecules in the blood may indicate that a lack of sleep may contribute to the loss of brain tissue."
"Uncontrollable anger could be cured by taking aspirin after scientists found excessive bouts of rage may be the result of an inflammation in the body. Intermittent explosive disorder, which is sometimes known as ‘anger syndrome’ usually begins in late teens and is defined ‘as a failure to resist aggressive impulses.’… However researchers in the US found that people diagnosed with IED had higher markers of inflammation in the blood than those with cooler heads and average tempers."