Popularity runs in families
What if identical versions of 20 people lived out their lives in dozens of different worlds, would the same people be popular in each world? Sounds like the plot of a sci-fi novel. But it’s actually one of the most important questions we can possibly ask about ourselves: is popularity genetically based?
Narcissism linked to aggression in review of 437 studies
Almost every authoritarian, or would-be authoritarian, leader is a narcissist to some extent. One of the things we didn’t know was the connection between narcissism and aggression—though in hindsight it should’ve been obvious (think Putin, Hitler, Mussolini, Assad).
Link between personality and risk of death
It has been shown that people scoring lower on the personality trait of conscientiousness (a tendency to be responsible, organized, and capable of self-control) can be at a 40% increased risk of future death compared to their higher scoring counterparts.
When genetic data meets marketing, beware!
Development of cost-effective techniques for measuring the human genome has led to an exponential growth in the direct-to-consumer genetic testing. It is estimated that over 30 million customers have already taken a DNA test. What are the implications of this growth for the field of marketing?
'I'll sleep when I'm dead': The sleep-deprived masculinity stereotype
The average American sleeps less than the recommended minimum seven hours of sleep per night, and nearly half of Americans report negative consequences from insufficient sleep. A cultural complication is the notion that getting less than the recommended amount of sleep signals something positive about an individual.
Cheater, cheater: Human Behavior Lab studies cheating as innate trait
Research shows cheating is more likely caused by an individual’s genome than by external factors.
Does your environment raise or lower your IQ?
The debate about intelligence rages in academic circles and what is astounding is the increasing number of factors which seem to dictate both intelligence—in all its forms—and our ability to use it. This study began with a question of primary interest to neurogeneticists and found something fascinating in its broader implications.
Genes are the key to success.
Parents always worry about whether their children will do well in school, but their kids probably were born with much of what they will need to succeed. A new study published in npj Science of Learning explains the substantial influence genes have on academic success, from the start of elementary school to the last day of high school.
The criminal, and unethical, brain is different
A new study shows a difference between how risk is cognitively processed by self-reported law-abiding citizens and self-reported lawbreakers, allowing researchers to better view and understand the criminal mind.
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