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Graves of children and adults were found in Eulau, Germany that were about 4,600 years old. This group of people is considered to be part what is called the Corded Ware Culture which flourished during the Copper Age.The people buried at this site seem to have died a violent death. Some had crushed skulls while others exhibited defense wounds on their forearms. There have been similar mass graves found (such as Talheim, Germany) where the victims were murdered and then just thrown into mass g........ Read more »
W. Haak, G. Brandt, H. N. de Jong, C. Meyer, R. Ganslmeier, V. Heyd, C. Hawkesworth, A. W. G. Pike, H. Meller, & K. W. Alt. (2008) Ancient DNA, Strontium isotopes, and osteological analyses shed light on social and kinship organization of the Later Stone Age. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0807592105
0000000000Picture source: http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2007/000000001/carsnsxpixar.jpgDo you see a face in this car? Ok well, it's kind of a trick question because this photo was created using Photoshop. It's not a new idea that people perceive cars to have faces. It has been theorized that humans see faces in everything from Maggie Simspon in clouds to the Virgin Mary on the west side of Chicago (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7570729/) because humans have evolved an efficient........ Read more »
With the presidential elections coming soon, every American makes a decision of whether or not they are going to vote and, if they are going to vote, who they are going to vote for. For arguments sake, a person makes their decision based on the beliefs they hold and whether or not a candidate holds those same beliefs. This is where cultures start to emerge and it is no clearer than the two main cultures in American politics, the Democrats and Republicans. These two monumental cultures have g........ Read more »
C. Efferson, R. Lalive, & E. Fehr. (2008) The Coevolution of Cultural Groups and Ingroup Favoritism. Science, 321(5897), 1844-1849. DOI: 10.1126/science.1155805
It's not a new idea that Americans are over weight. In fact, "two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese." With the continuing rise in obesity, it is still kind of a mystery to why it is happening. The belief is that humans are able to store energy during times when food is abundant in preparation of times when food is scarce, otherwise called "thrifty genotype." But when these high energy foods are available in societies that do not typically have periods when food is scar........ Read more »
Cristianne R. M. Frazier, Peggy Mason, Xiaoxi Zhuang, Jeff A. Beeler, & Michael Hendricks. (2008) Sucrose Exposure in Early Life Alters Adult Motivation and Weight Gain. PLoS ONE, 3(9). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0003221
I have always prided myself on my sense to be able to pick up on when people are lying. The way they stand, where their eyes are moving, each of the muscles in their face telling a story, it's just something I have been able to do. It could all just be in my head as well.It's actually one of my two favorite things to do. The other is to try and figure out what personality traits a person is most likely to exhibit. After about thirty minutes of talking to a person, I can usually give them an ........ Read more »
B MCLEOD, & R GENEREUX. (2008) Predicting the acceptability and likelihood of lying: The interaction of personality with type of lie. Personality and Individual Differences, 45(7), 591-596. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2008.06.015
My mom and step-dad live in a rather rough part of Miami and recently their house was robbed. It's actually an interesting story. A policeman happened to be driving by the house and noticed a car in the front yard. That's actually not very odd to see someone parked in their front yard in Miami, but whatever the policeman saw, it didn't look right. Well, his instinct turned out to be correct and he was able to thwart the robbery. The thief's took off running and search dogs and helicopters w........ Read more »
J FORGAS, & R EAST. (2008) On being happy and gullible: Mood effects on skepticism and the detection of deception☆. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44(5), 1362-1367. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2008.04.010
Too many times, while I lived in Minneapolis, was I dragged to the Library in Dinky Town. I'm not talking about the library where you read books, I'm talking about a bar called the Library. Even though it was not my "scene," I considered it like a library because I learned an extreme amount about male and female interaction each time I went there. The smell of testosterone and estrogen in the air. The boys with their hair spiked, shirts unbuttoned, collars popped and huge smiles smeared acro........ Read more »
K DILL, B BROWN, & M COLLINS. (2008) Effects of exposure to sex-stereotyped video game characters on tolerance of sexual harassment☆. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44(5), 1402-1408. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2008.06.002
Being a restaurant server for many years, I feel compelled to always tip a ridiculous amount to my server when I eat out. Even then, if it's a person I know, I have to tip them almost twice what I would tip someone I didn't know for fear of being chastised. There has been plenty of research done on this type of altruistic behavior. When in an anonymous situation, people will tend to be more selfish, but when their identity is disclosed to the other party, they immediately begin to give more.J........ Read more »
Jared Piazza, & Jesse M. Bering. (2008) The Effects of Perceived Anonymity on Altruistic Punishment. Evolutionary Psychology, 6(3), 487-501. DOI: www.epjournal.net
There has been a push over the last few years to make sure children are always happy. After all, happiness is the ultimate goal for most people. Although, due to recent research, happiness may actually become a burden in some areas of a person's life. It has been shown in previous studies that the more positive emotions that children show, the longer it takes them to say their first word.It is currently believed that a person who is considered to be in a happy mood uses a top-down strategy to........ Read more »
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