Imagine someone who has infinite bottles of fresh, clean water. Giving an extra bottle of water to that person would have no meaning or value since the person’s need is already fulfilled. However, the same water bottle would be of great value to a person who is thirsty, but has no water. As Christmas approaches, … Continue reading Gifts College Students Would Want
Question: Who are perceived as good leaders? Answers: Those with certain evolutionarily beneficial physical traits. Evolutionary logic posits that our current political psychology and behavior are the outcomes of past selection pressure. Humans are social animals. We share goals and resources with our family members and other people in the group. This certainly is true for … Continue reading Low pitched voice and monotone are associated with successfully elected presidents across the globe within past 11 years.
A recent report in Personality and Individual Differences is super exciting. This work is an intersection between evolutionary psychology & molecular genetics. Specifically, Lewis et al. (in press) examined how sexual jealousy is related to androgen receptor (AR) gene. Quick Background Women increase their reproductive success by pursuing short-term and long-term mating strategies. Why? Physically … Continue reading Jealous of your partner mingling with other guy friends? More jealous people have repeats of this gene.
https://courses.edx.org/courses/course-v1:KyotoUx+007x+3T2016/info The program is taught by Tetsuro Matsuzawa, who is the prominent evolutionary cognitive primatologist. The program is 5 week long. Here is the course schedule 1 October 27 Introduction to Primate World 2 November 3 Matsuzawa Methodology 3 November 10 Imitation and Language 4 November 17 Stable Supine Posture and Imagination 5 November 24 Green … Continue reading Origins of the Human Mind edX course
Hey hey you you, I don’t like your girlfriend… No way no way, I think you need a new one… Hey hey you you, I could be your girlfriend……… (Here is the song!) -Avril Lavigne Humans are sexual “machines”; we combine genetic materials from two parents and pass on to the kids. Basic biology here- … Continue reading What is Mate Poaching? Who would Mate Poach?
A woman’s body is like a violin and all and that it takes a terrific musician to play it right. -JD Salinger Human female orgasm is a mystery. To all of us earthlings, we do not know what reliably triggers the female orgasm. To the scientific community, including Aristotle (Leroi, 2014), the female orgasm is … Continue reading Orgasmic Evolutionary Explanations: Why do females have orgasms?
The recent research article by Rodeheffer et al. (2016) on Evolutionary Psychology begins with a true story of Meredith. Meredith is an attractive lady who worked for $50 an hour for spending time with wealthy men. She is neither a prostitute nor escort, but she works as a wing woman for a New York based company, which provides … Continue reading The Girlfriend Effect: Why does your man look more attractive to other women?