February 28, 2012

Are Rich People More Likely to Cheat and Lie?
Four lab tests that included undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley and national online samples of adults revealed those who considered themselves upper class had greater tendencies to make unethical decisions. This included unrightfully stealing something, lying in a negotiation, cheating at a game of chance to boost their chances of winning cash, or endorsing unethical behavior at work, such as stealing cash, receiving bribes, and overcharging customers. (Charles Choi, LiveScience)

Are People Getting Dumber?
If you turn on the TV, or flip through standardized tests, or spend a mindless hour on YouTube, it’s hard not to wonder: Is our species devolving? (Room for Debate, The New York Times)

Military Training and Personality Traits
In findings published in the journal Psychological Science, the researchers conclude that the military does change a soldier’s personality. It makes him less agreeable (although it doesn’t noticeably impact other personality dimensions). (Emily Badger, Miller-McCune)

Extinction of Neanderthals
DNA analysis suggests most Neanderthals in western Europe died out as early as 50,000 years ago—thousands of years before our own species appeared. A small group of Neanderthals then recolonized parts of Europe, surviving for 10,000 years before vanishing. (BBC News)

The Red Effect
Men rate women wearing red clothing as being more interested in sex, hinting that humans may be conditioned to associate the color with fertility. (Daniel Strain, ScienceNOW)

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