Hey man. I see you putting your earphones on

Hey man. I see you putting your earphones on ...

You may remember a post we made about a study that concluded that bashful people tend to be more trustworthy and kind than others. Well, it may be that such trustworthy behavior is based, to an extent, on genetics.

Two dozen couples participated in a recent study from UC Berkeley led by Aleksandr Kogan where each couple was recorded as they talked to each other about difficult experiences they went through. Each partner would take turns to talk about their times of suffering or simply listen. Only when a partner was “listening” would they be filmed.

A separate group of participants, unrelated to any of the couples, then watched 20 second video clips of each “listener” and were asked to fill out a survey in which they rated who appeared to be the most empathetic and trustworthy. read more »


Have you found yourself setting astronomically unrealistic goals lately?  Say, “graduating in four years” or “not passing out tonight”? Back in the day we used to call this a “can-do attitude” or “reaching for the stars.” Today, we call it potential evidence of a medical disorder. Thanks, UC Berkeley psychology department, for yielding yet another soul-shattering blow in the name of science. read more »