Human Design Specs
Workplace culture prevents men from taking paternity leave
Most men are reluctant to take paternity leave because of how their professional world works. Parental leave is accepted for women, but men who take it are seen as violating the norm. Read what the researchers have to say.
'Woman the hunter': Studies aim to correct history
Findings indicate prehistoric women not only had similar injuries of close-contact hunting to men, hunting was an activity held in high esteem and valued by them. Is the assumption we have about these gender roles incorrect? Read what the researchers have to say.
Income inequalities within the Aztec Empire eased the way of the conquistadores
This article looks at how colonization exacerbated conditions that had come before the conquest, and ensured their continuation for centuries thereafter.
Humans who experience early life adversity suffer as adults. Why are gorillas more resilient?
This may be the most important study of the week—or maybe year.
Hunter-gatherer childhoods may offer clues to improving education and wellbeing
Despite increasing uptake of baby carriers and baby massage in developed countries, levels of physical contact with infants remain far higher in hunter-gatherer societies.
Thinking collectively to understand the social intelligence of animals-including us
Could the key to social intelligence lie in the synchronization of brains, allowing group interactions to be made? If so, should social neuroscience now focus on the group rather than the individual?
How environmental factors could provide for a young brain
“Diseases of old age,” including cognitive decline, are not the products of aging per se, but rather of lifestyle, living and working conditions over time. Working in a boring job, having less opportunity to socialize, staying in one place all your life, are all contrary to our human design specs.
Amazon indigenous group's lifestyle may hold a key to slowing down aging
As a young PhD student, I spent a year living with hunter-gatherers. One of the things I noticed was an almost complete absence of cognitive decline with old age. I surmised that this lifestyle was far more in tune with our human “design-specs” and therefore created far less stress on their overall system.
The real why(s) of the suicide epidemic (Analysis)
There is a lot of confusion and misleading information out there about suicide. It is oversimplified and the circumstances surrounding the tragedy are confused with causes.
Feminine leadership traits: Nice but expendable frills?
Despite expectations that stereotypically feminine leadership traits like communality will define 21st century leaders (see previous TRs), the higher up we look across different types of organizations, the fewer women we find.
The art of storytelling: why we relate to characters.
For thousands of years, humans have relied on storytelling to engage, to share emotions and to relate personal experiences. Now, psychologists are exploring mechanisms deep within the brain to better understand just what happens when we communicate.
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