Tattoos: Causing the Ultimate Contradiction in Perception

Tattoos: Causing the Ultimate Contradiction in Perception Jenny Galvao Research by Silke Wohlrab and her associates indicate that that tattoos don’t always enhance attractiveness, in fact, according to their research, they can actually do the opposite. In this experiment, male…

Giving A Whole New Meaning To “Strong” Cheekbones – Cues Of Formidability Written All Over Your Face

Giving A Whole New Meaning To “Strong” Cheekbones – Cues Of Formidability Written All Over Your Face Jenny Galvao Research by Aaron Sell of the Centre for Evolutionary Psychology and his associates, indicate that judgements of fighting ability, and thus…

Gut Instincts Following Gaze Directions

Gut Instincts Following Gaze Directions Jenny Galvao According to research by Nouchine Hadjikhani of the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and associates, the direction of a gaze can reveal a lot more than just who somebody is engaging…

Size Matters – Male Muscularity Linked To Reproductive Success

Size Matters – Male Muscularity Linked To Reproductive Success Christopher Philip A team of researchers led by Dr. Marcy Schooling, has found a positive link between adolescent body build (body weight) and lifelong reproductive success in men. Data was gleaned…

Emotional Expression – Executed Through Body Poses

Emotional Expression – Executed Through Body Poses Jenny Galvao According to research carried out by Konrad Schindler of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and associates, there are several basic emotional states that can be observed in still images by…

We All Speak the Language of Fear – How Body Language Activates The Brain Automatically

We All Speak the Language of Fear – How Body Language Activates The Brain Automatically Jenny Galvao According to research led by Julie Grèzes of the CNRS-Collège de France, activity in our brain occurs when automatically when view fearful expressions.…

Cultural Context is Key for Attraction

Cultural Context is Key for Attraction Jenny Galvao Research led by Viren Swami of the University of Westminster and his associates have found evidence of cross-cultural differences in the perception of attraction, specifically in terms of leg-to-body ratios. Additionally, it…

Our Faultless Fear Perception – How Fear Odor Improves Cognitive Function

Our Faultless Fear Perception – How Fear Odor Improves Cognitive Function Jenny Galvao Research led by Denise Chen and his associates has shown that when in the presence of fear, much like animals, humans can also detect important odour signals…

Facially Friend Zoned – How Facial Similarity Inhibits Romance

Facially Friend Zoned – How Facial Similarity Inhibits Romance Jenny Galvao According to research carried out by Lisa DeBruine of McMaster University, facial similarity may be effective in drawing us towards someone, but not in a romantic way. In many…

Is ‘Good Sport’ Written All Over You? Body Language Leads To Sporting Outcome Predictions

Is ‘Good Sport’ Written All Over You? Body Language Leads To Sporting Outcome Predictions By: Jenny Galvao According to some interesting research done by Iain Greenless of the University College Chichester and associates, body language not only goes a long…

Women’s Hips Like A Drug To Men

Women’s Hips Like A Drug To Men Christopher Philip New research by Steven Platek and Devendra Singh suggest that men have no choice but to lust after women’s hypnotic hips. A women’s waist-hip-ratio WHR is a secondary sexual characteristic which…

Long Hair? Men Care! – The Body Language of Woman’s Hair

Long Hair? Men Care! – The Body Language of Woman’s Hair Jenny Galvao Norbert Mesko and Thomas Bereczkei of the University of Pécs did some interesting research on different woman’s hairstyles and how certain hairstyles may be designed from an…

Gesturing Originates From Fish

Gesturing Originates From Fish Christopher Philip According to Andrew Bassa, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University and Boris Chagnaud, Department of Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, tetrapod (all four limbed animals including humans) derived gestural signaling from the same sources as…

Eye Rolls of Disgust And Turning Away In Exclusion – How Girls Use Nonverbal Aggression To Harm

Eye Rolls of Disgust And Turning Away In Exclusion – How Girls Use Nonverbal Aggression To Harm Christopher Philip According to Marion Underwood, girls use various nonverbal tactics within their female peer groups to inflict punishment, exact revenge and to…

Disgust as Protection Against Disease

Disgust as Protection Against Disease Christopher Philip Evidence collected from over 40,000 people across a web-based survey suggests that the disgust emotion is an evolutionary adaptation which protects people from infectious disease. In the survey, respondents viewed 20 photographs. Amongst…

Parents Determine Pride and Shame In Young Boys

Parents Determine Pride and Shame In Young Boys Jenny Galvao Jay Belsky of Pennsylvania State University and his associates carried out research in the area of child development, specifically the reactions of pride and shame in young boys. According to…

Self-Touching Body Language As Negative Emotion

Self-Touching Body Language As Negative Emotion Jenny Galvao According to research carried out by Jinni Harrigan of the University of Cincinnati, there is a link between the nonverbal behaviour of self-touching and information processing. This specific research focused on the…

Body Language Effects of Crowding

Body Language Effects of Crowding Christopher Philip I dug up an old study from 1975 as it helps to illustrate some of the effects which are not being currently studied. In the study, Eric Sundstrom, University of Tennessee looked at…

Beards Are Attractive, Or Are They? – What Science Is Saying About The Scruff

Beards Are Attractive, Or Are They? – What Science Is Saying About The Scruff Christopher Philip The science on beards has been mixed. Some have proclaimed that the smoothed faced man is the better choice for women, while others have…

Beard Rarity Influences Beard Attractiveness

Beard Rarity Influences Beard Attractiveness Christopher Philip According to prolific beard researcher Barnaby Dixson, University of New South Wales, Australia, the rarity with which we see beards (and other visual traits), influences how positively we view them. This, he says,…

‘Love The Beard!’ – My (Real Life) Big Beard Experiment [Featuring BEARD RESEARCH]

‘Love The Beard!’ – My (Real Life) Big Beard Experiment Christopher Philip Over the course of 2 ½ months I let my beard do what it does – grow. I normally keep a short trimmed beard (#2 clipper to about…

How We Use Body Language To Manage Public Territorial Intrusions – A Case of Interrogative Looks And Play-Faces

How We Use Body Language To Manage Public Territorial Intrusions – A Case of Interrogative Looks And Play-Faces Christopher Philip In earlier research Martin Aranguren and his associate Stephane Tonnelat found that contrary to popular belief, people do not become…

The Face of Fertility

The Face of Fertility Jenny Galvao According to a study carried out by John Wheatley of Pennsylvania State University and his associates, the reproductive potential of women can be seen in their faces, as well as heard in their voices.…

Choosing Red in Sports Linked To Higher Testosterone in Men and an Increased Chance of Victory

Choosing Red in Sports Linked To Higher Testosterone in Men and an Increased Chance of Victory Tom Oberle In 2013, Daniel Farrelly and his colleagues demonstrated the association between higher testosterone levels and the colour red when it is actively…