Attractive People More Likely to Believe the World is Fair?

A further attempt to define and understand the difference between attractive people and people who are not attractive: “The Influence of Physical Attractiveness on Belief in a Just World,” R. Shane Westfall, Murray G. Millar, and Aileen Lovitt [pictured here], Psychological Reports, epub 2019. The authors, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, explain: “We […]

Chemical Sensors Attractively at One’s Fingertips

Chemists, some of them, do pay attention to their fingernails. A team at the University of California, La Jolla (an institution that seems to exist on April 1, when it apparently migrates from San Diego), has paid special attention. Details are in their study: “A Wearable Fingernail Chemical Sensing Platform: pH Sensing at Your Fingertips,” Jayoung […]

PR headline of week: “Attractive Men Have Less Nasal Bacteria”

This week’s Press Release Headline of the Week is from a press release pumped out for the American Journal of Human Biology: Beauty & Bacteria: Slim, Attractive Men Have Less Nasal Bacteria than Heavy Men (Thanks to investigator Erwin Kompanje for bringing this to our attention.) BONUS: For students with a strong mental stomach: Read […]

Are Stressed Women More Attractive, or Less?

You may find it stressful to contemplate this study about attractiveness: “Facial attractiveness is related to women’s cortisol and body fat, but not with immune responsiveness,” Markus J. Rantala [pictured here, below], Vinet Coetzee, Fhionna R. Moore, Ilona Skrinda, Sanita Kecko, Tatjana Krama, Inese Kivleniece and Indrikis Krams, Biology Letters, epub May 22, 2013.  The […]

Election Reminder: Looks Might Matter

As elections near in the USA and elsewhere, it’s time to give a look to the looks of the politicians who will be angling for attention: “Why Do Better-Looking Members of Congress Receive More Television Coverage?” Israel Waismel-Manora and Yariv Tsfati, Political Communication, Volume 28, Issue 4, 2011. The authors, at the Universityof Haifa, Israel, […]