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08.28.14 Marina Galperina

Princeton University psychologist Uri Hasson has presented some somewhat curious empirical studies at an event recently hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His research concludes that certain films stimulate the same parts of the audience members’ brains, “synchronizing” their neural activity. Clips from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly as well as a scary scene from Darren Aronofsky’s Black […]

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07.23.14 Marina Galperina

According to a new working study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, New York City ranks as the least happy city in the US. The study sourced years worth of data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based off a questionnaire that simply asked, “In general, how satisfied are you with your life?” The self-reported data […]

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04.30.14 Marina Galperina

According to the “Culture Track” study of “attitudes and behaviors among U.S. cultural audiences” you are: OVERSTIMULATED             PROMISCUOUS  HYPER-CONNECTED                    CYNICAL  OVERCOMMITTED                       SELF-FOCUSED BUT CURIOUS  The New York-based firm LaPlaca Cohen released this incredibly amusing […]

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11.08.13 Kyle Petreycik

According to a recent study published by Psychological Science, we’re far more likely to support a social cause if the campaign advertisement features a face, especially some sort of anthropomorphized sad face. The study mainly focused on humanitarian campaigns with environmental concerns and their use of objects which are given human-like characteristics. The study suggests that the […]

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10.08.13 Kyle Petreycik

A recent scientific study suggests that petting your cat may actually be stressing it out. This research was conducted by a group of animal behavior experts at the University of Lincoln, University of Sao Paulo and the University of Veterinary Medicine. This data focuses specifically on the stress levels of cats who are petted more in comparison […]

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08.28.13 Kyle Petreycik

In their new paper “Attitudes Without Objects: Evidence for a Dispositional Attitude, its Measurement, and its Consequences,” psychologists Justin Hepler and Dolores Albarracin explain that individuals who usually tend to respond to things negatively will statistically react in a negative way to new things. Translation: “Haters gonna hate.” If individuals differ in the general tendency to […]

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06.06.13 Julia Dawidowicz

Neuroscientists — and anyone who’s ever had the pleasure of attending a frat party — have already proven that drunk men tend to overestimate their own powers of seduction. A recent study suggests that sleep deprivation causes similar effects in men’s brains, resulting in a significant inability to judge whether women want to have sex with them. Researchers […]

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05.13.13 Julia Dawidowicz

As the great scholar Rick James once said, cocaine is a hell of a drug. Alas, it’s also very expensive, is responsible for more annual U.S. emergency room visits than any other drug, and turns users into selfish, paranoid, sexually impotent jerks. Er, so we hear. And yet, according to the National Survey on Drug Use […]

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04.18.13 Julia Dawidowicz

Modern solutions for an existential crisis range from cognitive psychotherapy to the Church of Scientology to leaving your family to join a polyamorous commune that specializes in human poop fertilization. But now there’s a cheaper, less drastic treatment for that crushing awareness of your impending death — and it’s probably sitting in your medicine cabinet. […]

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04.15.13 Julia Dawidowicz

Ask anyone who has groggily awoken in the sweaty arms of someone who looks like this — beer goggles are no joke. Even science says so. That booze inflates our own egos isn’t breaking news either — hence those painfully incoherent rants about your boring-ass job that, in the moment, make you feel like the most fascinating person […]

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