The Key to Happiness is Tragedy? [Study]

April 3, 2012 coms 0

Human existence being what it is, it would seem logical that people would seek out happy stories to help them escape from life’s harsh realities. Yet people who experience the everyday tragedies, disappointments and losses that all human beings experience actively seek out movies, television shows and books that depict tragedy. It now appears that the reason people take pleasure in watching tragedies is that tragedies actually make them feel happier.

Confirmation Bias Is False, Says Study

February 10, 2012 coms 0

A study suggests the thought that political partisans only immerse themselves in media which reinforce their beliefs may be unfounded. They discovered that even the most partisan readers visit mainstream news sites, as well as partisan sites that express views that oppose their own.

The Art of Wearable Communication [Video]

February 9, 2012 coms 0

Kate Hartman shares with her audience her observations and personal sense of wonder about the ways in which humans communicate with themselves, with others and with the world around them in the context of modern technological advances.

Significant Personality Differences Between Men And Women Found [Study]

February 4, 2012 coms 0

The issue of whether the differences between men and women are real or imaginary has been a matter of much debate. Now a new study conducted by the University of Turin in Italy and published in the journal PLoS ONE claims to have uncovered evidence that large differences in personality exist between men and women.

Male Sex Drive: The Root of World Conflicts [Study]

January 28, 2012 coms 0

It may be that evolution has molded men to respond with aggression towards anyone they perceive to be an outsider, according to a new study published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Lead researcher Mark van Vugt conducted a review of prior studies in an attempt to support or discredit what has been called the “male warrior hypothesis.”

Child Raised ‘Gender Neutral’ to Avoid Stereotyping

January 27, 2012 coms 0

A British couple who kept their child’s gender a secret for five years have revealed that the child is male. Beck Laxton and Kieran Cooper say that they kept their son’s sex under wraps because they wanted him to grow up free from society’s preconceived ideas about what constitutes gender-appropriate behavior.

Women and math stereotypes

Stereotype Busted! Women Are Not Worse At Math Than Men [Study]

January 25, 2012 coms 0

“Math is hard!” cries Teen Talk Barbie. Those words made Matel revamp the doll so that she did not say she found math hard after protesters insisted that it was degrading to women. It turns out that they were right according to a study researched at the University of Missouri.

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The Age of Self-Importance

January 20, 2012 coms 1

Generation Y members — also known as Generation Me, millennials, and echoboomers — were born between 1982 and 2002, and are seen by many as over self-entitled whiners who believe they deserve at least a B for showing up to class, and a trophy for simply participating in events. Hara Estroff Marano, editor of Psychology Today, calls them “a nation of wimps.”

Fotoshop by Adobé Makes Fun of Media Beauty Standards [Video]

January 17, 2012 coms 0

We have all observed the unrealistic and unattainable beauty standards that modern media highlights. Through the commercials like those of Dove and other documentaries we have come to realize that those levels of beauty are only made possible by vast amounts of makeup and computer editing. In this video, we get a chance to laugh at these processes with concepts.