The Male-Warrior Hypothesis (a 2006 article): researchers find evidence that intergroup rivalry increases cooperation among men, but not among women. Of course there are individual differences. The researchers are comparing groups.
Dave Munger writes about sugar, artificial sweeteners and obesity.
The immature brain behind the distractable toddler might actually help toddlers make sense of our chaotic world. (Wray Herbert).
Spend enough time riding the New York City subway—or any big-city
metro—and you'll find yourself on the tenure-track to an honorary
degree in transit psychology. The subway—which keeps random people
together in a contained, observable setting—is a perfect rolling
laboratory for the study of human behavior. As the sociologists M.L.
Fried and V.J. De Fazio once noted, "The subway is one of the few
places in a large urban center where all races and religions and most
social classes are confronted with one another and the same situation."
situations. The subway presents any number of discrete, and repeatable,
moments of interaction, opportunities to test how "situational factors"
South Africa is in the grip of a measles epidemic (luckily confined primarily to the province of Gauteng), with 2000 cases and 4 deaths. The culprit? Parents not vaccinating their children (among other things) due to the fear that jabs can cause autism. Continue reading
Vladimir Putin reaches out to the Russian hip-hop world:
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rubbed shoulders with rappers and was hailed with "respect" in a television show on Friday that could help boost his flagging ratings.
Putin, wearing a turtleneck sweater and jacket, went on stage to present awards to participants in "Battle for Respect", a hip-hop music contest run by Muz TV, a Russian rival to MTV.
"It would have been cool to record a joint track with Vladimir Putin because he is a legendary man and our idol," sang rapper Zhigan who won the contest. "Let's make so much noise in his honour that the whole world can hear...
"I do not think that 'top-rock' or 'down-rock' breakdance technique is compatible with alcohol or drugs," Putin told cheering hip-hoppers who responded with chants of "Respect, Vladimir Vladimirovich".