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Personality And Evolution - The Shy Guy Doesn't Get The Girl
2013-10-23 04:18:10

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you’ve ever learned how we all possess different personality types, then chances are you are also familiar with the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment. The MBTI aims to help individuals understand their specific personality type so they can employ what they learn to help them make the best of their careers, relationships and daily lives in general. But what if your personality type was directly responsible...

Anthropologists Study Testosterone Spikes In Non-competitive Activities
2013-08-14 08:22:36

University of California - Santa Barbara The everyday physical activities of an isolated group of forager-farmers in central Bolivia are providing valuable information about how industrialization and its associated modern amenities may impact health and wellness. Studying short-term spikes in the testosterone levels of Tsimane men, UC Santa Barbara anthropologists Ben Trumble and Michael Gurven have found that the act of chopping down trees –– a physically demanding task that is...

Personality Traits May Not Be Universal
2013-01-11 07:13:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The field of psychology has long adhered to an elegant theory of personality structure known the five-factor-model (FFM). The theory is built around five core personality traits known as the “Big Five” that are believed to be universal features of human psychology. But a team of anthropologists at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is now casting doubt on the universal applicability of this model based...

2013-01-03 15:21:58

Study of farmer-foragers raises doubt about application of popular personality model Five personality traits widely thought to be universal across cultures might not be, according to a study of an isolated Bolivian society. Researchers who spent two years looking at 1,062 members of the Tsimane culture found that they didn't necessarily exhibit the five broad dimensions of personality — openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism — also known as...

2012-03-28 17:40:56

As part of an isolated indigenous group in central Bolivia, Tsimane men spend much of their time hunting, foraging, fishing, and clearing land by hand to grow crops. Their ability to maintain the physical activity required to survive each day might imply they have higher than average male testosterone levels. Anthropologists at UC Santa Barbara and the University of Washington have found, however, that the baseline testosterone level of Tsimane men is 33 percent lower than that of men...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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