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    In negotiations, givers are smarter than takers

    In this study, researchers tested people’s intelligence with a series of quantitative, verbal and analytical reasoning problems. Then they sent them off to negotiate. Intelligence paid off — but not in the way you might expect. The smarter people were, the better their counterparts did in the negotiation. They used their brainpower to expand the pie, finding ways to help the other side that cost them nothing. More

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    Liberals are 26% more likely to worry about COVID-19 pandemic than conservatives, study shows

    A Pew survey, reported on March 18, found that 59% of Democrats considered the virus a major threat to the health of the United States, but only 33% of Republicans agreed.

    The poll found 68 percent of Democrats are worried that someone in their family could catch the virus, while just 40 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents share that concern.

    Nearly 80 percent of Democrats believe the worst is yet to come, but just 40 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of independents believe that. Overall, 53 percent of all voters are concerned that someone in their immediate family might contract the coronavirus, and 60 percent believe the worst is yet to come.

    The poll also found 56 percent of Democrats believe their day-to-day lives will change in a major way in the future — while just 26 percent of Republicans hold that view.

    In response to every question about whether a respondent would change plans that would expose them to others, like travel, eating out at restaurants, and attending large gatherings, Democratic voters consistently responded affirmatively at much higher rates than Republicans. For example, 61 percent of Democrats said they’ve stopped or plan to stop attending large public gatherings, but only 30 percent of Republicans said the same. More

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    Sex is 400% better than masturbation

    Lovers know only too well that men usually need a “recovery period” after orgasm, and that sexual intercourse with orgasm is more satisfying than an orgasm from masturbation alone. Now scientists think the two phenomena might be linked.

    Stuart Brody of the University of Paisley, UK, and Tillmann Krüger of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, measured blood prolactin levels in male and female volunteers who watched erotic films before engaging in masturbation or sexual intercourse to orgasm in the laboratory.

    Surprisingly, after orgasm from sexual intercourse, the increase in blood prolactin levels is 400 percent higher in both sexes compared with after orgasming from masturbation (Biological Psychology, vol 71, p 312).

    This explains why orgasm from intercourse is more satisfying than masturbation, says Brody. Since elevated levels of prolactin have been linked to erectile dysfunction, this may also explain why most men need a recovery period after sex. More

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    Spending money on others makes us 10 times happier than spending it on oneself

    Pro-social spending creates more happiness than self-focused spending.

    Using one’s money to benefit others, as opposed to oneself, is the definition of pro-social spending. Paying for a colleague’s coffee, buying the order of the next person in line at the drive-thru, or donating to a charity you feel passionate about are just a few examples of how it is done. The power of money as a connective force is the main benefit.

    At ‘Spending Money on Others’, a study led by psychology professor Elizabeth W. Dunn at the British Columbia University, people on a university campus and gave them a $5 or $20 bill to spend by the end of the day ). Half the participants were instructed to spend the money on themselves (“personal spending”), and half to spend the money on someone else (“prosocial spending”). That evening, people who had been assigned to spend the money on someone else reported feeling happier mood over the course of the day than those assigned to spend the money on themselves. Interestingly, the amount of money they got had no bearing on their happiness. More

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    Kissing may alleviate allergic symptoms, study finds

    Stress enhanced allergic skin wheal responses and allergen-specific IgE production. In contrast, mothers’ kissing caused relaxation in infants, and kissing by lovers or spouses to atopic patients reduced allergic skin wheal responses. I studied the effect of kissing on production of allergen-specific IgE and cytokines in atopic patients.

    Twenty-four patients with mild atopic eczema and 24 patients with mild allergic rhinitis kissed with lovers or spouses freely for 30 min while listening to soft music. Just before and immediately after kissing, blood mononuclear cells were separated cultured for allergen, and production of allergen-specific immunoglobulin and cytokine was measured.

    Kissing selectively decreased allergen-specific IgE production with skewing cytokine pattern toward Th1 type.

    Kissing may alleviate allergic symptoms by decrease in allergen-specific IgE production. More

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