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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.

 

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.

 

Macho Motoring

Driving a sports car is linked to higher testosterone levels in men.

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Politicians Really Aren’t Better Decision Makers

Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.

Earliest High-Altitude Settlements Found in Peru

Discovery suggests humans adapted to high altitude faster than previously thought.

My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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