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Your Fears May Not Be Your Own

It seems that it’s not just physical traits that are inheritable. Now scientists are finding evidence that learned behaviors and even phobias can be passed down through the generations via chemical changes in the DNA.
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The Eyes Have It - How to Tell the Difference Between Love and Lust

Soul singer Betty Everett once proclaimed, “If you want to know if he loves you so, it’s in his kiss.” But a new study by University of Chicago researchers suggests the difference between love and lust might be in the eyes after all.

Specifically, the direction of your date's gaze you could indicate whether they are...
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New Study Reveals Conspiracy Theorists Are More Rational Than Conventionalists

Conspiracy theorists are often referred to as crazy "cranks," or "crackpots," and the more outlandish their theories the more rigorously they are derided. The truth can often be stranger than fiction, however, so the pursuit of the truth should be a laudable endeavor and not something to be ridiculed or scoffed at.
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Weekender: Defining mental illness: Is Modern Society Less Tolerant of the "Non-Conformist"?

What defines "normal" behavior in our modern society? How do we perceive those whose actions push the boundaries of accepted stereotypes? Are they regarded merely as eccentric, unusual, original, or a little quirky? Or are those who "dance to a different beat" actually suffering from a form of mental illness?
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Wobbly Furniture? You Need Stability

Your furniture can affect your psychology, since our decisions are caused by our circumstances. But HOW does this happen?

Some of this is pretty amazing: When researchers put participants in chairs that leaned slightly to the left, they became slightly more leftish in their political views.

When psychologists asked...
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You are What You Read

Almost everyone enjoys a good mystery, but not everyone enjoys the SAME KIND of mystery plots. It turns out that the kind of mysteries we like to read reveal our personalities.

New research suggests that not everyone enjoys a murder mystery with a surprise ending. People who have lower levels of self-esteem prefer crime and detective...

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Sneaky Subliminal Advertising?Why it Works

Thirsty people can be made to drink more than they normally would by being exposed to subliminal facial expressions, which are not seen consciously. In a recent study, hidden smiles persuaded people to drink specific beverages than neutral expressions did. Frowns caused avoidance. Consumers were willing to pay up to three times as much for a...

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