Yummm, Cinnamon-Bums – Courtship Success Boosted With Pleasant Odors, Study

Yummm, Cinnamon-Bums – Courtship Success Boosted With Pleasant Odors, Study Christopher Philip In a simple experiment by French researcher Nicolas Guéguen, Université de Bretagne-Sud, it was found that where you solicit for a date such as near a pastry or…

Contagious Yawning and The Mirror Neuron System

Contagious Yawning and The Mirror Neuron System Christopher Philip A team of researchers led by Nicholas Cooper, University of Essex, UK, have found that the contagiousness of yawning might have much to do with the human mirror neuron system. “Contagious…

You’re Gonna Fail That Test – How To Read the Body Language of Displacement Activities

You’re Gonna Fail That Test – How To Read the Body Language of Displacement Activities Christopher Philip Would it be at all surprising if I told you that I could tell definitively that you’re about to fail a test by…

Programmed to Avoid – How Nonverbals of Out-groups Inspire Thoughts of Danger

Programmed to Avoid – How Nonverbals of Out-groups Inspire Thoughts of Danger Christopher Philip So you’re walking down the street without much thought. You pass a few people whom you barely notice. Then, you come across a guy with tattoos,…

I Hate That Hot Bitch – How Sexy Dress Turns Women Mad

I Hate That Hot Bitch – How Sexy Dress Turns Women Mad Christopher Philip How men face rivals is salient, visible, measured, and well studied. Men normally use direct aggression to face down rivals. This makes this area of study…

Do Eye Glasses Really Make People Look Smart?

Do Eye Glasses Really Make People Look Smart? Christopher Philip Researchers Helmut Leder, Michael Forster, and Gernot Gerger, University of Vienna, designed a study to reexamine the eye glasses stereotype. They wanted to find out if eye glasses really do…

Body Markers of Egalitarianism – Muscularity and Physical Attractiveness

Body Markers of Egalitarianism – Muscularity and Physical Attractiveness Christopher Philip According to research led by Michael Price, Brunel University, UK, it is possible to predict a person’s beliefs about human egalitarianism based on two important visible characteristics. A person…

The Waist-Hip-Ratio, Midrift, Breasts and Buttocks In Female Physical Attractiveness

The Waist-Hip-Ratio, Midrift, Breasts and Buttocks In Female Physical Attractiveness Christopher Philip The sexiness of the female waist-hip-ratio has certainly not been understudied. It is well known that men universally prefer women whose waist is 30%-40% smaller than her hips…

The Function of Self Touch Body Language

The Function of Self Touch Body Language Christopher Philip When we’re hurt, we brace ourselves. For example, pinching your fingers in a door jam forces our hands together. Our healthy hand instinctively clasps the hand that is in pain. But…

Men’s Testosterone Affected By The Scent of a Woman

Men’s Testosterone Affected By The Scent of a Woman Christopher Philip Research by Saul Miller and Jon K. Maner, Florida State University have found that men respond hormonally to women’s potent reproductive scent. In their study, men were exposed to…

Leg Body Ratio – What’s Most Attractive?

Leg Body Ratio – What’s Most Attractive? Christopher Philip The leg-body-ratio or LBR is a generally understudied metric of human physical attractiveness in women. Despite this, it is agreed to be a salient factor in determining female attractiveness. LBR is…

To Freeze or Flee? How The Body And Mind Reacts To A Stressor

To Freeze or Flee? How The Body And Mind Reacts To A Stressor Christopher Philip Much has been written in the nonverbal literature suggesting that bodies might freeze when facing particularly disturbing emotional situations. It’s been said that the hands…

How To Use Your Best Assets – Men Should Use Social Dominance, Women Should Use Physical Attractiveness

How To Use Your Best Assets – Men Should Use Social Dominance, Women Should Use Physical Attractiveness Christopher Philip Despite, much recent dismay, especially by gender activists, we generally understand that women are served best by their physical attractiveness. In…

Women’s Menarche – It’s All About The Thigh Fat

Women’s Menarche – It’s All About The Thigh Fat Christopher Philip With the help of cross-sectional data from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) for females aged 10–14, researchers William Lassek and Steven Gaulin, University of…

How Women Can Double Male Solicitation

How Women Can Double Male Solicitation Christopher Philip Researcher Nicolas Gueguen, Universite de Bretagne-Sud found that there was a simple trick that women could easily implement in order to more than double male approaches in a dating context. In his…

Why Show Nonverbal Submission?

Why Show Nonverbal Submission? Christopher Philip In their 2006 paper Shuichi Matsumura and Thomas Hayden go over some key points as to when and why an animal (or human) might exhibit nonverbal signals of submission. We take for granted that…

Short Men Okay In Long-Term Relationships And Off Peak Fertility

Short Men Okay In Long-Term Relationships And Off Peak Fertility Christopher Philip Previous studies have shown that female preferences in men shift based on certain factors including her own waist-hip-ratio, her body mass index, as well as her current fertility…

The Gaze of Social Blushers – A Case of Dwelling and Aversion

The Gaze of Social Blushers – A Case of Dwelling and Aversion Adelaide Manley Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is a recognized psychiatric and involves a fear of being negatively judged or perceived by others. SAD patients may avoid eye contact,…

Cues to Intention – Being Attuned To Your Next Move

Cues to Intention – Being Attuned To Your Next Move Adelaide Manley In order to socially interact with others, we need to recognize their intentions or goals. As it turns out, when we watch other people move, we tend to…

Birds of a Feather Sit Together: Nested Interests in Seating Preferences

Birds of a Feather Sit Together: Nested Interests in Seating Preferences Adelaide Manley Opposites don’t attract. In fact, we choose to sit beside people who are similar to us in subtle ways. Proximity and similarity are key to determining the…

Much More Than Duchenne In Real Smiles

Much More Than Duchenne In Real Smiles Christopher Philip Research led by Eva Krumhuber sheds some doubt on the both the lack of ability to fake a true Duchenne smile, as well as other people’s ability to read it. It…

Cry Me a River – Lies, Leaks and Not-so Lowly Tales

Cry Me a River – Lies, Leaks and Not-so Lowly Tales Adelaide Manley We all deceive. In fact, we’ve evolved to do so in our day to day lives. Most research investigating deception in the lab has involved irrelevant or…

Body Language Cues from the Terrible Twos

Body Language Cues from the Terrible Twos Adelaide Manley Dr. Karen Caplovitz Barrett at Colorado State University was interested in knowing if 17-month-old children were capable of displaying common social emotion behaviours. This includes guilt, shame, embarrassment, and self-regulation as…