Discovery News: Red can symbolize danger, heat and even anger. It’s true: The color’s appearance in road signs, stop lights, labels and flushed cheeks often cautions humans to avoid harm. One study even found that Olympic competitors donning red uniforms were more successful at winning events, suggesting the color intimidates More
Almost universally, red means stop. Red means danger. Red means hot. And analyzing the results in the 2004 Olympics, researchers have found that red also means dominance. Athletes wearing red prevailed more often than those wearing blue, especially in hand-to-hand sports like wrestling. Why? Is it random? Is it cultural More
Wouldn’t life be easy if everything happened as we anticipated? Luckily we have the orbitofrontal cortex, the area of the brain that adapts to the unexpected to make and monitor predictions about the world. Patients with damage to this area confuse memories with reality and continue to anticipate events that More
No one likes to be excluded, women especially. A study published in Psychological Science found that when females feel a threat of social exclusion, they are more likely than males to respond by forming other cliques and alliances to prevent their own exclusion. To investigate how men and women respond More
Live Science: When faced with the threat of being excluded from a group, women are likely to respond by excluding someone else, a new study indicates. Meanwhile, that threat made no difference to men playing the same competitive game. “It was striking — it was like a different world,” said More
Many studies have suggested that males tend to be more physically and verbally aggressive than females. According to a new study, to be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, it may not be the case that women are less competitive than men—they may just More
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