Is our Evolved Psychology activated by Pokemon Go?

  Pokemon Go has gone viral. In U.S. alone, the app has lured under 26 million daily active users. This “augmented reality” game has crossed national boundaries. Now, 26 countries have Pokemon Go users. (See here for statistics: http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/pokemon-go-statistics/) Even President Obama "appears" as a Pokemon fan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYuZlhCPbjM According to a BBC article, http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160711-the-psychological-tricks-behind-pokemon-gos-success a … Continue reading Is our Evolved Psychology activated by Pokemon Go?

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Man-The-Cook. Why cooking makes us human?

  Imagine traveling back through time to an ancient Africa where our genus Homo was born. Molded by a ruthless natural selection, our ancestors were born and died there again and again. Their lives and deaths were evidenced and honored by their bone prints. Their incomplete remains were bequeathed to us through time to reconstruct … Continue reading Man-The-Cook. Why cooking makes us human?

Functional Explanations for Sports: Why do We Participate?

A sport can be broadly defined as the subset of games. In sports, two or more individuals or teams participate based upon agreed rules and compete for winning (Deaner & Smith, 2013). According to Dearner, Blaish, and Lombardo(2015), the definition of sport therefore excludes activities that are purely physical, and noncompetitive (e.g., exercise), chance games … Continue reading Functional Explanations for Sports: Why do We Participate?