16th of October 2015

Research Report, October 16th 2015

Romantic opportunities appear to influence women’s sexual identities, but not men’s.

Summary: Confirming previous research, McClintock (U of Notre Dame) found that women were more likely than men to report bisexuality, while men were more likely to report being either “100 percent heterosexual” or “100 percent homosexual.” She also found that women were three times more likely than men to change their sexual identities.

Doing good deeds helps socially anxious people relax.

Summary: Being busy with acts of kindness can help people who suffer from social anxiety to mingle more easily according to Canadian researchers.

Unlike boys, girls lose friends for having sex, gain friends for making out

Summary: Early adolescent girls lose friends for having sex and gain friends for “making out,” while their male peers lose friends for “making out” and gain friends for having sex.

Is a reject-the-worst strategy more efficient than an accept-the-best strategy for women?

Summary: Participants in the reject-the-worst condition requested more trait information before making a decision than those in the accept-the-best condition. This suggests that the costs of a false-negative error exceed those of a false-positive error and that in actively accepting a mate, women satisfice rather than optimize.

The Effect of Smiling on Male Facial Attractiveness for Short- and Long-Term Relationship

Summary: For East Asians and Europeans smiling male faces engendered an impression suitable for long-term partnership (e.g., high ratings of trustworthiness) while neutral faces produced an impression suitable for short-term partnership (e.g., high ratings of masculinity).

Face-to-face socializing more powerful than phone calls or emails in guarding against depression

Summary: In a knock on digital and telephone communications, this study points to the unsurpassed mental health benefits of regular face-to-face social interactions among older adults. Study participants who regularly met in person with family and friends were less likely to report symptoms of depression, compared with participants who emailed or spoke on the phone. The gains people derived from face-to-face socializing endured even years later.

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