Essential Reads

Declinism: Why You Think America is in Crisis

Is America really on the brink of disaster? Studies show most people feel things are bad and getting worse. Declinism, based on cognitive bias, explains why.

Why Is Immorality "Disgusting"?

By Tom Kupfer on February 16, 2017 in Repulsed
Disgust may not be just a feeling, but also a social signal.

Do Tattoos Make Us Appear More Attractive?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on February 14, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Why do men get tattoos? New research suggests that getting 'inked' makes a man appear more healthy.

So You Think You Can Dance?

By Lydia Denworth on February 14, 2017 in Brain Waves
What makes a woman a good dancer? The hips don't lie.

More Posts on Evolutionary Psychology

Creative Thinking is no Longer an Option, It's Essential

The future belongs to creative thinkers. The real currency of our time isn't money, it's ideas. You need to become an ideas generator whatever field you work in.

Deep Memories of Insects

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in The Infested Mind
What creatures infest the dark recesses of the mind?

The Abuse of Language by Groups Seeking Social Change

By Hank Davis on February 16, 2017 in Caveman Logic
You're driving me crazy with your over-the-top language

It’s on: Science & Religion Throw Down; Part 2

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
A prominent argument that evolution cannot explain why humans are religious is examined and found wanting.

XO in XY

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on February 14, 2017 in The Political Animal
A small army of human geneticists is unfolding the history of human mating from our sex chromosomes.

Low-Intensity Aerobic Exercise Has Surprising Brain Benefits

By Christopher Bergland on February 14, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
There is growing evidence that low-intensity physical activity has multiple brain benefits. A new study reports that easy aerobic exercise boosts visual sensitivity and perception.

Are Flowers on Valentines Day a Big Dumb Waste of Money?

You can't eat flowers (like chocolate). You can't use them to get coffee (like a gift card). Why do we still give people flowers as gifts?

Subconscious Fear Exposure Helps Reduce Phobias, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on February 09, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that a technique called "backward masking" can help arachnophobes reduce their fear of spiders simply by subconsciously viewing images of spiders.

“Is Your Pet a Psychopath?”

How did deception evolve, and how do you know it's there? Learn these 4 simple, but overlooked signs.

Why Eyes are Blue

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in The Human Beast
Our remote ancestors likely had dark eyes, whether brown or black. Blue eyes are common in northern Europe and emerged some 5,000 years ago. This suggests evolution can be fast.

How Dogs Respond to an Angry Expression on a Human Face

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on February 08, 2017 in Canine Corner
Whether your dog looks at your face may depend upon your emotional expression

The Sadness of Partisan Polarizing

We mammals evolved to seek the safety of social alliances. Political partisanship makes your inner mammal feel good in the short run but has unpleasant consequences in the long run

What Happens When We See Ourselves as Doing the Best We Can?

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on February 06, 2017 in The I-M Approach
We can be so good at putting ourselves down, putting each other down, and being put down.But we don't have to.The I-M Approach is a simple, powerful way to remind us of our value.

On The Need To Evolutionize Memory Research

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on February 04, 2017 in Pop Psych
Understanding why we remember can help us understand what we remember

War as a Game

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on February 03, 2017 in Cui Bono
It may seem absurd that we have rules of fair play that regulate the way we conduct wars. The ethological concept of ritualized aggression may help to explain the Law of War.
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How to Find the Heart of the Soul

Is there a difference between mind and soul?

Fake News has a Real Audience

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in The Human Beast
In a golden age of fake news we are becoming more accustomed to politicians spouting self-serving lies. We are also beginning to grasp the complicity of their audience.

Paranoia: From Parenting to Politics

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in The Me in We
How paranoia in American parenting fuels paranoia in politics.

Dogs Like Variety in Music Including Reggae and Soft Rock

Although most genres of music seem to relax dogs, research shows that soft rock and reggae have the most positive effects

Raising Children With Love or Dynamite?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 29, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Every animal has a nest that optimizes the development of the young. Humans have an intensive nest and without it they miss their potential and can become vicious. Welcome to now.

Do Dogs or Cats Make You Look More Attractive?

New data looks at how having a dog or a cat in a photo affects how appealing and attractive the person in the photo appears.

The Psychology of Stronger Together

On January 21, 2017, millions of people around the world marched to support women's rights. The evolutionary psychology of forming communities can help us understand why.

The Adaptive Significance Of Priming

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on January 22, 2017 in Pop Psych
Priming does not appear to be a byproduct of neural activation, but rather an adaptive means of improving cognitive and behavioral response times. Implications abound.

It’s on: Science & Religion Throw Down; Part 1

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on January 20, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Why do some religious people insist that science and religion are not at war?

Is Spirituality Irrational?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on January 19, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Is spirituality irrational? The answer might surprise you!

Fat Cats Are Actually Slim

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in The Human Beast
New research finds that people who are slim and tall are significantly more likely to buy stocks.

Barriers to Applied Evolutionary Psychology

Applied evolutionary psychologists run the risk of being accused of making the naturalistic fallacy or of doing agenda-driven research. Here is how to smile at the critics.

The Shivers and You

By Kevin Bennett on January 15, 2017 in Modern Minds
Do you get goosebumps when listening to music or watching movies? It could be your personality.

Famous Religion on the Brink of Extinction

It is difficult to transmit a religion for long, if all of its members abstain from sex.

What Molecular Biology Has Neglected in Evolution

Ever wonder how life started? Was DNA really the beginning of life on earth or did life come from outer space?