March 14, 2012

Religion, Narcissism, and Ethical Judgments
Students answered questions about how religious they were, how often they went to church, and how important religion was in their lives. Overall, those who were classified as nominal or devout Christians were more likely to show better ethical judgment than skeptics (those who were not very religious). But when the scientists added in additional information on the students’ narcissistic tendencies, the more devout participants tended to make the least ethical judgments. (Alexandra Sifferlin, Healthland, TIME)

Do Voters Lean Toward Deep-Voiced Candidates?
According to the research, voters prefer to cast their ballots for candidates with lower-pitched voices. The study was conducted in a laboratory with fictional candidates, so it’s not known how important voice pitch is in real-world elections. But the findings fit with earlier studies that suggest people do make judgments based on the sound of a voice. (Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience)

Men May Experience Cognitive Impairment When Interacting With Women
Daisy Grewal: A 2009 study demonstrated that after a short interaction with an attractive woman, men experienced a decline in mental performance. A more recent study suggests that this cognitive impairment takes hold even w hen men simply anticipate interacting with a woman who they know very little about. (Scientific American)

Q&A
Jason Rohrer

Developer Jason Rohrer explains how video games can be used to challenge our perceptions of the world. (Jacob Aron, New Scientist)

BOOKS
Lone Survivors

Lone Survivors reviews how Chris Stringer, a palaeontologist specializing in human origins at the Natural History Museum in London, and others have helped to change 100 years of scientific understanding, to reveal the recent African origin of modern humans—which he has long advocated. (John Hawks, CultureLab, New Scientist)

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