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Drinking moderately can make you more happy than if you donít drink at all. There have been numerous studies investigating whether moderate alcohol consumption offers any health benefits or results in increased longevity. Recent data has shown that alcohol may not offer any benefits because the researchers did not account for differences between people who were classified as moderate drinkers and abstainers. Any Columbus DUI attorney at would probably suggest people follow the US Dietary Guidelines, which state that men should consume a maximum of two drinks per day and women should consume only one drink per day.

The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as an encyclopedia.

Your brain is move active and thinks more at night than during the day.

According to studies made at Northwestern University, men change their minds two to three times more often than women. Most women, the experiments found, take longer to make a Decision than men do, but once they make a Decision they are more likely to stick to it.

What this means is that you just canít resist noticing food, sex, or danger. It doesnít matter how hard you try to not notice these 3 things in your surroundings, you will always notice them. Itís the old brain working. You donít necessarily have to do anything once you notice, for example, you donít have to eat the chocolate cake when you see it, you donít have to flirt with the attractive person who walked into the room, and you donít have to run away from the large scary guy that walked in the room with the good looking woman. But you WILL notice all of those things whether you want to or not.

We forget 90% of what we dream about.

Experiments conducted at several college laboratories demonstrate that hard rock music played to colonies of termites cause the insects to enter a kind of frenzy and to chew through wood at twice their normal rate.

Happiness peaks at age 50, according to a new study.

The following is a standard test used by many psychiatrists to determine if a person is susceptible to Hypnosis. The patient is told to stand in the center of a room with his/her eyes shut. The tester stands behind him and asks the patient to fall back into his arms without resistance. The tester assures the patient that he/she will not be hurt and tells him to trust the tester completely. If the patient falls back without hesitation, he/she will be easily Hypnotized. It not, he/she won't.

Females learn to talk earlier, use sentences earlier, and learn to read more quickly than males. Males have a greater incidence of reading disabilities, stutter more, read with less speed and accuracy, and by the time they reach maturity have a smaller vocabulary than females.

Based on the total number of people tested since IQ tests were devised, women have a slightly higher average IQ than men.

Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.

One of the most common myths about psychology is that it is just "common sense." Unlike common sense, psychology relies on scientific methods to investigate questions and arrive at conclusions. Psychologists use a range of techniques to study the human mind and behavior, including naturalistic observation, experiments, case studies and questionnaires.

Listening to music is good for digestion.

Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents.

Studies have shown that the scent of Rosemary can help in better mental performance and make individuals feel more alert.

In long-term studies of personality, some of the most core parts of personality remain stable throughout life. Three aspects that do tend to change as we age are anxiety levels, friendliness and eagerness for novel experiences. According to researcher Paul T. Costa Jr., there is no evidence our overall personalities change as we grow older. "What changes as you go through life are your roles and the issues that matter most to you. People may think their personality has changed as they age, but it is their habits that change, their vigor and health, their responsibilities and circumstances - not their basic personality," he suggested in a New York Times article.

When you think about people's online identities, you might imagine that most people try to present an idealized version of their real selves. After all, in most online situations you get to pick and choose the information you want to reveal. You get to select the most attractive photos of yourself to post and you can edit and revise your comments before you make them. Surprisingly, one study discovered that Facebook profiles are actually quite good at conveying your real personality. In the study, researchers looked at the online profiles of 236 U.S. college-aged individuals. The participants also filled out questionnaires designed to measure personality traits including extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and openness. Observers then rated the personalities of the participants based on the online profiles, and these observations were compared to the results of the personality questionnaires. The researchers found that observers were able to get an accurate read on a person's personality based on their Facebook profile. "I think that being able to express personality accurately contributes to the popularity of online social networks in two ways," explained psychologist and lead author Sam Gosling. "First, it allows profile owners to let others know who they are and, in doing so, satisfies a basic need to be known by others. Second, it means that profile viewers feel they can trust the information they glean from online social network profiles, building their confidence in the system as a whole."

You've probably heard of this concept before. First born children are often described as "bossy" or "responsible," while last-born children are sometimes described as "irresponsible" and "impulsive." But how true are these common stereotypes? For decades, pop psychology books touted the effects of birth order on personality, but hard evidence on the phenomenon remained elusive until recently. A few recent empirical studies have found that such things as birth order and family size may indeed have an impact on personality. One study even found that birth order can influence your choices of friends and romantic partners; first-borns tend to associate with other first-borns, middle-borns with other middle-borns and last-borns with last-borns.

Men say around 12,500 words per day, women speak around 22,000.

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