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Tonal languages require humidity

The weather impacts not only upon our mood but also our voice. An international research team including scientists from the Max Planck Institutes for Psycholinguistics, Evolutionary Anthropology and Mathematics ...

dateJan 22, 2015 in Social Sciences
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Economic games don't show altruism

Economic 'games' routinely used in the lab to probe people's preferences and thoughts find that humans are uniquely altruistic, sacrificing money to benefit strangers. A new study published in the journal ...

dateJan 16, 2015 in Social Sciences
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Men want commitment when women are scarce

The sexual stereotype, in line with evolutionary theory, is that women want commitment and men want lots of flings. But a study of the Makushi people in Guyana shows the truth is more complex, with men more ...

dateJan 13, 2015 in Social Sciences
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Short words predict academic success

The smallest, most forgettable words in admissions essays can tell us in advance how students will perform in college, a new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin reveals.

dateJan 08, 2015 in Social Sciences
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