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In Brief: Sexy Science

Today the BBC website was running a link to a face perception test, developed by the psychologist Prof. David Perret from St. Andrew’s University. The research was designed to determine whether your self perception as an introvert (quiet and happy to be left alone) or an extrovert (sociable, talkative and enjoy group activities) influenced your attraction to potential partners. First, you were asked to answer a short questionnaire regarding your own personality traits, and then rate twenty pairs of faces based on personal attractiveness. The hypothesis was that introverts would be attracted to faces showing less expression, and vice versa for extroverts. Prof. Perret believes behaviours such as these are important in partner choice. I apparently rated myself as an introvert (though I’m not sure I’d agree) – and who did I find the most attractive? … the extroverts. “Sorry Prof! I’ll be the anomaly in your dataset”. However, looking at the audience’s results it seems most people are attracted to the extroverts, and I’m not surprised, why would you choose the glum, uninterested looking face over the smiley cheeky chappy? Not quite convinced by this science, but it was some good procrastination.

See my results below, and to take the test yourself just click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys/faceperception1/index.shtml

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Posted by on January 20, 2011 in Psychology

 

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“Big Brother is Watching You”: A Biological Approach to the Evolution of Honesty and the Psychology of Giving

Article by Tiffany Taylor, posted on September 15, 2010 on Science Oxford Online (see original article here: http://www.scienceoxfordonline.com/big-brother-is-watching-you)

The reign of Big Brother may have come to an end, but relatively recent craze of reality TV shows have allowed us to become bystanders to the lives of strangers, and the increasing usage of surveillance technology means there are few places we are completely “off the radar”. But can the knowledge of being watched change our perception of decency? And perhaps, could it be used to create a more honest and generous society?

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Posted by on December 29, 2010 in Evolution, Psychology, Sociality

 

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