Bickel found that sentence structures that caused the brain to perform more work were not favored over time in their review of over 600 languages. Specifically, there was a universal human bias away from the use of ergatives in speech.
A University of Washington study published last month in Social Psychology examined the reaction of college-age men to threats against their masculinity. Researchers found that men who were shown falsely low results on a strength test were likely to exaggerate their height by an average of three quarters of an inch while emphasizing aggressive, ‘masculine’ traits.
Researchers examined “levels of racism,” quantified by the proportion of Google searches containing the “n-word,” for whether it was a predictor of Black mortality and determined that it definitely might be.
A study published in Clinical Psychological Science found that alcohol consumption makes men more receptive to rewarding social behavior like smiling. The findings suggest that this may be a contributing factor to drinking problems in men.