Divorced Dads and Their Daughters

A new study claims that the relationships between dads and daughters are important for shaping daughters' future sexual behavior. The evidence doesn't seem that clear to me.

Why Do So Many Humans Need Glasses?

When visual acuity begins to decay with old age, there isn't much of a mystery. When eyes fail to develop properly in young children, that's substantially stranger.

More About Dunning-Kruger

It is often joked that the worst performers are the most unaware at how bad they are, relative to others. The extent to which that is true depends heavily on the task at hand

Why Do We Roast the Ones We Love?

Why do are insults between friends cordial, but insults between stranger not?

To Meaningfully Talk About Gender

Words need agreed-upon meanings if you want them to do anything useful.

Unusual Names In Learning Research

If you want to know how much research tells you about the real world, you better understand how closely the two things resemble each other. In this case, not very much.

Income Inequality Itself Doesn't Make People Unhappy

Despite the focus on inequality as a driver of human unhappiness, the reverse seems to be true. Inequality is either related to increased satisfaction, or no relationship exists.

Semen Quality and the Menstrual Cycle

Biology is costly, and organisms only invest in it when the probability of returns is deemed high enough

Academic Perversion

Meeting standards and filling quotas does not necessarily mean anything useful is getting done. Incentive structures occasionally undermine real productivity.

Courting Controversy

Talking about taboo topics in long, boring ways

The Connection Between Economics and Promiscuity

Does female economic dependence on men lead to greater condemnation of promiscuity?

Why Non-Violent Protests Work

Why are non-violent protests more likely to achieve goals than violent ones?

On The Need To Evolutionize Memory Research

Understanding why we remember can help us understand what we remember

The Adaptive Significance of Priming

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.

Overperception Of Sexual Interest Or Overeager Researchers?

New research finds that women play a little coy at times, yet interprets their own findings in a strange light.

Intergenerational Epigenetics and You

Inheriting your grandfather's behavior is unlikely.

Maltreated Children Misbehaving

Thinking about the unique, adaptive challenges faces by young men and women can inform our understanding of how they response to maltreatment

If No One Else Is Around, How Attractive Are You?

While it doesn't hurt to be the most attractive member of your group when you're going out, they probably won't help you look anymore attractive than you would be on your own.

More About Race and Police Violence

When it comes to those killed by police, white officers are not more likely to kill black citizens than black officers; it's actually the reverse.

When It's Not About Race Per Se

If it turns out racism isn't the cause of the issue you hope to address, spending your time addressing racism won't be as productive as you'd like.

What Might Research Ethics Teach Us About Effect Size?

The curious world in which our complex minds are passive and acted upon by information probably doesn't exist, but people sometimes say it does.

Getting to Know Your Outliers: More About Video Games

Sometimes individual papers find results that differ from large numbers of other papers. Understanding why that difference exists is important before you decide to disregard it.

Violence In Games Does Not Cause Real-Life Violence

Violent content doesn't make gamers aggressive; lag does

Sensitive Topics: Not All That Sensitive

Giving people surveys about histories of victimization and sexual behavior do not appear to trigger them anymore than standard, minimal-risk questions.

Spinning Sexism Research On Accuracy

Those who score higher on ostensible measures of sexism also tend to perceive sex differences as larger; it's just that it doesn't seem to make them all that wrong about them.

Research Tip: Ask About What You Want to Measure

Asking questions targeted at what you're actually interested in knowing about is a strategy more psychology research should adopt.

The Value of Association Value

Examining how reciprocal and unilateral friendships are useful for affecting change

More Evidence Regarding the Causes of Homosexuality

Development of a homosexual preference might have something to due with the maternal environment a male fetus finds itself in

Money for Nothing, but the Chicks Aren't Free

New research finds that altruists (or at least men) tend to have a greater degree of mating success. As usual, however, the matter is more complicated than that.

Homophobia Isn't Repressed Homosexuality

Many people find the hypothesis that homophobia results from repressed homosexual urges socially palatable. It's probably wrong all the same.

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