14th of August 2015

Research Report, August 14th 2015

Reframing Sexting as a Positive Relationship Behavior

Summary: 82% of research participants reported having sexted in the past year. Nearly 75% said they sexted in the context of a committed relationship and 43% said they sexted as part of a casual relationship.

Laughter’s Influence On The Intimacy Of Self-Disclosure (new relationships)

Summary: If you want someone to open up to you, just make them laugh. Sharing a few good giggles and chuckles makes people more willing to tell others something personal about themselves, without even necessarily being aware that they are doing so.

Increased Facial Attractiveness Following Moderate, But Not High, Alcohol Consumption

Summary: Photographs of individuals who had consumed the equivalent of a single glass of wine were rated as more attractive than photographs of sober individuals. However, this was not the case for photographs of individuals who had consumed more than a glass.

Loneliness And Social Isolation As Risk Factors for Mortality

Summary: Loneliness and social isolation are just as much a threat to longevity as obesity, even for people who like to be alone. From the author: “The effect of this is comparable to obesity. We need to start taking our social relationships more seriously.”

Potential Age-Defying Effects Of Long-term Meditation On Gray Matter Atrophy (brain loss)

Summary: Meditation over many years is tied to smaller age-related decreases in brain volume. People who reported meditating for an average of 20 years had higher brain volumes than the average person.

Interactions between sleep habits and self-control

Summary: Poor sleep habits can have a negative effect on self-control, which presents risks to individuals’ personal and professional lives.

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