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Why He Can’t Keep It in His Pants

New research suggests men and women have a similar ability to resist temptation, but men’s resistance fails more often because they experience stronger sex impulses.

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When Research Turns Ugly: Beyond Geoffrey Miller’s Fat-Shaming Tweet

A University of New Mexico evolutionary psychologist ignited a firestorm of angry response with a crude observation that he’s claiming was research. But Miller’s tweet is representative of a bigger problem.

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How Are They Hanging?

We all know scrotal testicles evolved to keep sperm cooler than the rest of the body, but evolutionary psychology’s activation hypothesis explains so much more.

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How Evolution Explains High-Heeled Shoes

New research suggests wearing heels forces women to walk in a way that exaggerates their femininity.

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Violence and Aggression Linked to Mating in Men’s Minds

A psychology study from Hong Kong suggests that, among men, the impulses to make love and war are deeply intertwined.

Classical Music Linked to High Intelligence

An evolutionary theorist provides evidence that intelligent individuals are more likely to enjoy purely instrumental music.

A New Take on Political Ideology

An evolutionary psychologist proposes a new framework for understanding the root causes of our political beliefs.

Baby Faces, Product Design and Evolutionary Theory

Cars that share the general traits of a baby’s face trigger the ‘Isn’t it cute’ response in consumers.

Maslow’s Pyramid Gets a Makeover

What are the fundamental forces that drive human behavior? A group of evolutionary thinkers offer an answer by revising one of psychology’s most familiar images.

How Strong Is That Guy? The Answer is in His Voice

New research finds humans are equipped to assess the physical strength of a potential adversary by listening to the sound of his voice.

To Understand Evolution, Try Focusing on Humans

A researcher finds focusing on humans rather than animals helps students grasp some of the fundamental concepts of evolutionary theory.

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When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

The Big One

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