Category: Psychology

These are probably the rarest paraphilias (be like a piece of furniture included)

Although we like sex because evolutionarily it is important that we like to repeat what allows us to reproduce (the preference for sugars and fats follow the same logic), sexual pleasure acquires certainly bizarre variations among human beings. Even kissing on the mouth is a bit of a weird habit if we take a look at all the cultures of the world.
Necessary VS unrealistic: the difference between left and right in politics
Necessary VS unrealistic: the difference between left and right in politics
Leaning on the right or the left at the political level have some fruitlessness in the sense that a party can call itself left-wing but act as one of rights but, above all, because problems do not always have effective solutions from the same political spectrum: sometimes you have to use right or left solutions, depending on the moment and the problem.
It's that easy to implant an unreal memory
It's that easy to implant an unreal memory
"Life is a dream," Calderón de la Barca said, but not all life. At least not at the neuronal level. Our brain has a way, quite rough, to differentiate what is reality or fiction: basically, if there are many parts of the brain that are activated when a memory is evoked, it is that that memory is real.
Insecure people boast so much because they need to fill their identity gaps
Insecure people boast so much because they need to fill their identity gaps
Why do insecure people continually boast about their achievements, their money, their conquests ...? According to psychology, it is a way to symbolically complete your identity. That is, when the insecure feels that part of his identity is missing, he will compensate it symbolically. Fill the void.
Languages ​​not only serve to communicate, but to differentiate and exclude us
Languages ​​not only serve to communicate, but to differentiate and exclude us
A few days ago I wrote down how irrelevant it is that linguistic diversity descends, as it is also irrelevant that it increases. Both a trend and the other have their pros and cons, and we cannot bet on either without analyzing them conveniently. The pros, however, tend to have a humanitarian and social nature (at best), or romantic, pseudoscientific and ethnic (at worst).
The best do not practice anymore: the 10,000-hour rule is not always fulfilled
The best do not practice anymore: the 10,000-hour rule is not always fulfilled
The 10,000-hour rule, the idea that anyone who practices an activity during that time becomes an expert in that activity (read playing the violin, for example), every time seems to have more detractors in the form of studies that invalidate it . The last one has been a study in violinists, which suggests that those who are simply good at playing the violin practice more hours than those who are better.
The order of birth of the brothers was not as important in personality as was believed
The order of birth of the brothers was not as important in personality as was believed
The order in which we were born influences in some way our personality and our way of relating. The same happens with our children, to whom being the firstborn, the medium or the small determines their role in the family and their way of being. For example, the firstborn have always been traditionally more responsible than the secondborn.
The most narcissistic people are precisely those who have less critical thinking
The most narcissistic people are precisely those who have less critical thinking
When making decisions, narcissists have such high esteem of themselves that they do not strive to resort to critical thinking and reflection when they make decisions or solve problems: they simply believe they will succeed because they are extraordinary people. This is what a new study suggests, published in Thinking & Reasoning, conducted by researchers at the University of Waterloo.
According to this study, the use of gender neutral terms does favor gender equality
According to this study, the use of gender neutral terms does favor gender equality
According to a new Swedish study, there is evidence to suggest that the use of gender neutral terms to describe people promotes gender equality. In their study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Margit Tavits and Efrén Pérez describe experiments they performed with Swedish volunteers.
The rich and the elderly are the most opposed to giving citizens a universal income
The rich and the elderly are the most opposed to giving citizens a universal income
According to a survey conducted by Echelon Insights to 1,006 Americans, support for a basic income program is divided by demographic lines, with the highest support among the lowest income groups and the minimum in the highest income groups. Among those who earn more than 125,000 a year, 61 percent of respondents opposed the idea of ​​giving a thousand dollars in cash to Americans in general, in a kind of basic universal income.
Meditation is as useful as having a drink with a good friend.
Meditation is as useful as having a drink with a good friend.
The ability of people to meditate and stay focused has been part of philosophical and contemplative practices for thousands of years. For some time now, there are also some studies that suggest that meditation can have beneficial effects on health, among other virtues.
There is a reason why conservatives have better health, and it is not money
There is a reason why conservatives have better health, and it is not money
It is quite well documented that conservatives tend to have better health, but the reason is ignored. Some suggest that it is because conservatives tend to have higher incomes and, therefore, have access to better medical care. Others suggest that it is because conservatives participate in more religious activities, which helps them build healthy social relationships.
Although we say the opposite, we always tend to like the same songs
Although we say the opposite, we always tend to like the same songs
In 2012, a group of researchers published a study that analyzed 464 411 recordings of popular music from around the world carried out between 1955 and 2010, determining that the difference between new and old hits was not the presence of complex structures of chords Actually, it was only changes in instrumentation that provided a fresh sound.
The clock of our brain delays two weeks a year
The clock of our brain delays two weeks a year
Circadian rhythms regulate changes in physical and mental characteristics that occur over the course of a day. The word circadian means "about a day." It comes from the Latin words "circa" (around) and "diem" (day). The biological clock of our organism controls most circadian rhythms.
What happens when you read an illegible typography
What happens when you read an illegible typography
Far from aesthetic considerations, such as Comic Sans typography is evil, the truth is that typography influences the way we read. Specifically, how we retain what we read. This is what a study carried out by Swedish researchers suggested in 2014, in which a group of people was read a text written in unusual and somewhat illegible typography and another known and readable typeface.
The more popcorn, the worse the movie
The more popcorn, the worse the movie
Much of the economy of current film exhibitors is based not so much on the sale of tickets to watch a movie as popcorn and soda cubes, the price of which can even exceed that of the entrance itself. And is that eating popcorn, candy or junk food in general while you're at the cinema can have its grace.
The more exposed you are to one thing, the more you tend to forget its details
The more exposed you are to one thing, the more you tend to forget its details
Attention, ask: in the Apple logo, the bitten apple, is there a leaf or a tail? Which side do you point to? To which side is the bite? Although we all have this logo in mind, that we are exposed to it massively, it is one of the most familiar logos in the world, we will hardly answer such questions.
What is the anti-reward circuit?
What is the anti-reward circuit?
Some recent studies conclude the existence of an anti-reward circuit in our brain, a network of brain regions that causes negative emotional and physical reactions to things, in contrast to the brain's reward circuit. The anti-reward system, then, basically what it does is that we feel unhappy.
Why do we usually believe that the world is fair?
Why do we usually believe that the world is fair?
The tendency to think that, in a random or chaotic world, there is a certain tendency to justice (karma, every pig gets its san martin, etc.) is a cognitive bias called "just world hypothesis". There is evidence that seems to indicate that the insula and the somatosensory cortex are responsible, at least in part, for clinging to this equanimity hypothesis in which good works are rewarded and bad works are punished.
Masturbation is not the same as having sex
Masturbation is not the same as having sex
Worshiping Onan can not only be qualitatively different from intercourse, there are also other factors involved that encourage our brain to process sex masturbation differently. That would explain that, as much as we practice onanism, we always aspire to have sex with another person, and that that onanism is a kind of consolation prize ("consolation" written with many quotes).
The cadence when discussing and how the written debate can be more fruitful
The cadence when discussing and how the written debate can be more fruitful
Conversations with our peers have a kind of cadence or universal compass, which forces us, on the other hand, to think quickly what we mean (that is why discussions in adversarial format are usually essentially sterile). Speakers of many languages ​​and cultures, as psycholinguists have observed, pause an average of two milliseconds before the "right" to speak passes from one interlocutor to the other.