We Can Predict Whether Men—But Not Women—Have Cheated Based on Their Face Alone

We Can Predict Whether Men—But Not Women—Have Cheated Based on Their Face Alone

People can predict with modest accuracy whether a man (but not a woman) has cheated before based solely on the appearance of his face, according to a recent study published in Royal Society Open Science. In other words, we seem to have a limited ability to pick out men who have committed infidelity just by looking at them.

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Eight Things Science Taught Us About Sex In 2018

Eight Things Science Taught Us About Sex In 2018

2018 has been memorable for a lot of reasons—including what science taught us about sex. Here’s a quick recap of some of the most interesting things we learned about sex this year. 

1. The G-Spot probably isn’t what you think it is. 

Scientists recently published one of the largest and most thorough anatomic explorations ever of the area commonly referred to as the G-Spot.

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What Human Faces And Chimpanzee Butts Have In Common

What Human Faces And Chimpanzee Butts Have In Common

Sometimes, science makes us laugh before it makes us think--and this is precisely why the Ig Nobel awards were founded back in 1991. The goal of these awards is to recognize scientific achievements that might sound silly or absurd at first, but that ultimately yield useful knowledge and challenge us to think differently about the world.

I have a sneaking suspicion that one of the contenders for the next Ig Nobel competition will be a new paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, which explores what the faces of humans and the rear ends of chimpanzees have in common.

Yep, that's really what they studied. But please bear with me--I promise, it's a funny story that tells us something fascinating about both sex and psychology.

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Men's Sexual Attraction Changes With The Seasons

Men's Sexual Attraction Changes With The Seasons

Our mood states and behaviors naturally vary over the course of the year. For example, some people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression that usually kicks in during the winter. Extreme psychological changes like this are relatively rare; however, smaller seasonal fluctuations are actually quite common, even among healthy people [1], and these changes can have noticeable implications for our sexual and romantic lives. Indeed, a recent study revealed that, at least among heterosexual men, their patterns of sexual attraction change with the seasons, and not in the way that you might expect [2].

 

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Why Is Channing Tatum “The Sexiest Man Alive?”

People magazine recently named Magic Mike star Channing Tatum “The Sexiest Man Alive.” Tatum joins the ranks of Hugh Jackman, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and George Clooney, all of whom were awarded the title in previous years. So what is it that makes all of these guys so darn sexy? Evolutionary psychologists would argue that their faces and physiques indicate good genetic fitness and, therefore, would make them the ideal candidates for a one-night stand, but not necessarily a long-term relationship. Let me explain.
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What Do Men and Women Focus On When They Watch Porn? The Answer Will Probably Surprise You

When someone watches pornography, what is it that first captures their attention? Most people would probably guess the actors’ bodies and/or genitals, especially if they’re talking about male porn viewers. Although this would seem to make intuitive sense, is it really the case? According to research, not necessarily.
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Do Men Find Women’s Bodies Hotter in the Winter or in the Summer? The Answer Isn't As Obvious As You Might Think

Psychologists have known for some time that people’s mood states and behaviors can change with the seasons. For instance, some people experience what is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression that kicks in at a specific time of year, usually in the winter. Although experiencing such extreme changes is relatively rare, researchers have found that smaller seasonal fluctuations in physiological and psychological processes are actually quite common, even among healthy people [1]. Psychologists have recently begun exploring the implications of these changes for our sexual and romantic lives and have found that, at least among heterosexual men, their attraction to women’s bodies appears to depend upon the season [2].
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