The Effectiveness of Tigger Warnings

While watching videos online or reading post on social media you may have come across a trigger warning. A trigger warning is usually a short statement at the beginning of a video or article that alerts the viewer of potentially distressing material. The increase in the use of these of trigger warnings in the past decade has led to a

From Friends to Lovers?

What is the best way to start a relationship? How did you do it? In this digital age many people might assume the best, and most often used, way to start a relationship is online, either through dating apps like tinder or over social media. Research in many journals also tends to focus on strangers and them becoming romantically involved.

Does Wearing A Mask Make You More Attractive?

With COVID-19 taking over our lives, everywhere we go we are wearing mask, coving up our faces. How does this impact how people rate other’s attractiveness? Does it make it worse because we can’t see each other’s faces? In Japan, wearing facemasks was common before the pandemic, if you had to go to go out while feeling under the weather

Paradoxical Straightness?

New research has shined more light on a little talked about trend in rural America, straight White men having sex with other straight White men. In the interviews, the men identified as being a “manly” type of man, loving shooting, hunting, fishing, etc. The researcher explains that these men strongly associated with straight culture and identify as straight. They go

Sex and Self-Harm

A common but not so often talked about topic is one of self-harm. About 1 in 7 college students have engaged in it before, usually in the forms of intentional cutting or burning of oneself. These actions are related to low self-esteem and emotional dysregulation, acting as a way to relieve negative feelings or increase positive ones. A recent study

The Link Between Sex and Depression

The link between depression and sex is a complicated one. It is well known that some prescription treatments for depression can lower sexual activity and interest. However, research has found that depression may be linked to higher sexual risk-taking.  It might seem logical that those with a lower severity of depression might be the ones taking more risks, while those

Can Our View of the “Ideal” Body Change?

In many places in the world, the ideal body can change. From different skin tones to face shapes to how much fat one has. These don’t only change from location to location, but also change throughout time. Two new studies wanted to look into how malleable our idea of the ideal body is. In both studies female participants, 19-75 years

Caffeine and Your Brain

Do you drink coffee every day? Maybe Monster energy drinks? When you drink it late in the day it might have an impact on your sleep, which in turn may have an effect on your brain. Sleep deprivation can affect the gray matter in your brain, so does caffeine worsen this process? That is what a research team wanted to

Using VR to Help Accelerate Learning

New research using virtual reality and “doppelganger” avatars wanted to investigate if using an avatar that looks like a participant, would help the participant learn. The study compared using an avatar that doesn’t look like the participate to one that does. They were looking specially at whether it would improve public speaking. In the study there were two different conditions,

How Much Sex Should We Have?

How much sex in a relationship is too little? Or too much? How much sex should we be having in our relationships? Is there a normal amount!? Concerns about sexual frequency are common in most long-term relationships. One of the reasons behind this is, it is easy to quantify sexual activity. You are able to count the number of times

Attachment Style and Marriage

How do you fight with your partner? Do you beat around the bush or get right to the point? Talk calmly or devolve into a screaming match? Conflicts happen in marriage and attachment styles may have something to do with how couples argue. Generally, people have a secure or insecure attachment style. Having a secure attachment style usually means that