Factoids

"The content in e-books could be harder to remember than the content in paperbacks."
 
One study at the University of Leicester gave psychology students information either electronically or via physical books, and found some slight differences in how they absorbed the material. Students performed just as well when given the information in either context, but there were some telling distinctions in the way they remembered the material. Book readers appeared to require less repetition and seemed to have a more immediate grasp of the information. They were more likely to instantly recall information, instead of having to consciously think back and remember it. One possible explanation for the phenomenon is the existence of spatial landmarks -- the physical location of a sentence on the page or the page number on which lies in a book, can provide more information for your brain to locate a memory.
 
"Sitting for half the day nearly doubles your death risk, even if you are otherwise healthy."
 
Recent studies have noted the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle, but a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine illustrated the surprising scale of that risk: People who sit for over 11 hours a day are 40% more likely to die over the next three years from any cause, regardless of how active they otherwise are. The study gathered data from nearly 22,500 people, and ruled out other risk factors like smoking and body-mass index. The results were purely due to long periods of sitting, the effects of which can impact everything from mental health to cancer risk.
 
"Using your non-dominant hand improves your impulse control."
 
Studies at the University of New South Wales indicated that a few weeks of using your off-hand can help train you in other activities that contradict your innate impulses (in other words, any task requiring self-control). Researchers asked participants to practice common activities (opening doors, stirring drinks) with their non-dominant hands for two weeks, then tested their self-control by subjecting them to aggravation and giving them the opportunity to harmlessly lash out at another participant. Those who'd spent weeks using the "wrong" hand were less aggressive than the control group.
"Thinking about sex makes you take more risks."
 
A study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology began with the foundation that people are inherently loss-averse ("$100 is worth exactly $100, yet people are more psychologically moved by a loss of $100 than by a gain of an identical amount"). The authors, however, went on to demonstrate through three experiments that loss aversion disappears when men are first primed to think about sex. The first of these, for example, asked one group of participants to imagine meeting a sexually desirable person and spending a romantic day together, while the control group engaged in a similar but non-romantic thought exercise. In follow-up exercises designed to measure risk-taking, men in the experimental group were less risk-averse than their counterparts in the control group. Women were equally primed to think about sex from the initial exercise, but their risk-taking habits were unaffected.
 
"Migraines are linked to impotence."
 
A study at National Taiwan University examined the records of some 23,000 men and found a dramatic correlation between migraines and impotence -- men who'd been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction were also 63% more likely than sexually healthy men to have had a migraine diagnosis. The correlation varied with age; men in their 30s with ED were twice as likely as those without it to experience migraines. Researchers stressed that the relationship is not necessarily a causal one. Chronic migraines could cause sexual dysfunction, or men who were likely to report migraines to their doctors might simply be more likely to report ED than other men.
 
"Skipping breakfast can increase a man's risk of diabetes."
 
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health followed the health and eating habits of over 50,000 men for 16 years. The men who routinely skipped breakfast were 21% more likely than their peers to be diagnosed with type-2 diabetes over that period (previous Harvard research also demonstrated that men who ate breakfast were less likely to gain weight over a 10-year period). Of course, a nutritious breakfast is probably necessary for these benefits. A high-fiber breakfast, in particular, has been shown in other studies to reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and colon cancer.

Mihow - more like SHITtoids ... amirite?


You're halfway through a bowl of marijuana laced with embalming fluid aren't you? Relax Dr. Einstein. Simple factoids. Nothing to hurt your center your gravity. 

What's a factoid? Phone Post 3.0

I'm going to try the non dominate hand thing. My impulse control sucks. Especially when it comes to smoking. Phone Post