9th of July 2015

Research Report, July 9th 2015

Sexual attraction based on cultural and individual preferences

Summary: Throughout the research, two themes emerge again and again: Different cultures have different preferences, and there are huge variations within those cultures of what individuals prefer.

The Sex Appeal Of Non-Conformity

Summary: “‘Non-conformity is more attractive than conformity for women and men,’ reports a research team led by University of Queensland psychologist Matthew Hornsey. ‘People think that men prefer conformist women, but this impression is discrepant from reality.'” –The Pacific Standard

Exploring the Interactions of Disgust and Fear with Sexual Arousal in Women

Summary: This is the latest research paper from evolutionary psychologist Diana Fleischman who we interviewed on the podcast. “Sexual arousal is a motivational state that moves humans toward situations that inherently pose a risk of disease transmission. Disgust is an emotion that adaptively moves humans away from such situations. Incongruent is the fact that sexual activity is elementary to human fitness yet involves strong disgust elicitors. In the conflict between the ultimate goals of reproduction and disease avoidance, cues of the presence of pathogens significantly reduce the motivation to engage in mating behaviors that, by their nature, entail a risk of pathogen transmission.” Translated: If you look gross or diseased, women are less likely to have sex with you, even though (or because) sex can lead to STDs.

Viewing Sexual Stimuli (Porn) Associated with Greater Sexual Responsiveness, Not Erectile Dysfunction

Summary: This is the latest research paper from sex researcher Nicole Prause who we interviewed on the podcast. “New research suggests that there’s one thing porn isn’t, and that’s addictive. A study from neuroscientists at UCLA found that when [men] are shown erotic images, the brain’s normal addiction reactions are reversed.” – HuffPo

How Our Bodies React to Seeing Goodness

Summary: “I think we have a tendency to absorb what we’re witnessing and that it has an impact on our body and brain,” she says. “We’ve found that just showing an inspiring video of people being kind is enough to cause these dramatic events taking place in the body and to allow you to want to pay it forward and be prosocial in turn.” – Greater Good In Action (Cal)

High glycemic index diet as a risk factor for depression

Summary: Some but not all sugars were associated with depressive disorders. –

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