Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Angry Men Are More Influential Than Angry Women

In case you thought gender is no longer an issue — wrong!

Why Angry Men Are More Influential Than Angry Women

Belinda Luscombe |Oct. 27, 2015 | Time Magazine

Jurors change their minds when guys fume

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October 28, 2015 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, emotions | , , , , | Leave a comment

Why do we smile?

An evolutionary explanation of why we laugh and smile and cry the way we do.  Seems very convincing and eye-opening. Make sure you get to the last paragraph.

From the excellent aeon magazine:

The first smile

Why do laughter, smiles and tears look so similar? Perhaps because they all evolved from a single root

by 13 August 2014 | aeon magazine

Michael Graziano is a neuroscientist, novelist and composer. He is a professor of neuroscience at Princeton University. His latest book is Consciousness and the Social Brain.

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October 21, 2014 Posted by | anthropology, behaviour, emotions, evolution | , , , , | Leave a comment

Sex hormones: For the birds

Aggressiveness (a measure of which is the ratio of lengths of the ring finger to index finger) is assumed to be dependent on the testosterone exposure in utero.   The study described in this article claims that instead it is dependent of the body’s response to fetal estrogen. So far, tha claim is based on birds only.  From The Economist, June 12, 2010:

Sex hormones: For the birds

September 1, 2011 Posted by | behaviour | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why a man’s face can lie but still produce orgasms

Interesting research reported: the wider a man’s face, the more aggressive and the more likely to lie and cheat.  Doesn’t apply to women.  But a good-looking man will produce more orgasms in women.  From The Economist, July 9th, 2011:

Physiognomy: Facing the truth

Why a man’s face can lie but still produce orgasms

August 28, 2011 Posted by | behaviour, sociology | , , , , | Leave a comment

Your aggressiveness is in your face…

… if you’re a male, that is.  The theory is that the wider your face relative to its height, the more aggressive you are.  Has to do with your testosterone levels in your teens. From the Economist:


Facing the truth

Aug 21st 2008
From The Economist print edition

The shape of your face betrays how aggressive you are—if you are a man

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October 15, 2008 Posted by | behaviour | , , | Leave a comment