December 2014 – DrZhana

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  • 1 Million Views on my Psychology Today blog!

    Just realized I hit a million views yesterday! I’ve been blogging about the science of casual sex and nonmonogamy for my Strictly Casual blog on the Psychology Today platform for the past 10 and a half months. When I first hit ‘publish’ on January 30, 2014, I had just gotten my PhD and I had virtually no media or social media presence – I had been an academic and nothing but an academic during my entire grad school career. Blogging for Psych Today was one of my first forays into writing for popular audiences, and has been an immensely rewarding experience – leading

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  • What Happens to Math Prodigies 40 years later?

    As many of you know, I tweet daily about new sex and psych research. A few days ago, I tweeted about a fascinating study that examined what happened in the lives and careers of people who tested in the top 1% of math ability some 40 years ago. Chris Woolston, a writer for Nature picked up the tweet, emailed me for additional comments, and incorporated both in a piece about this study. Check it out to learn more! Unequal fates for maths superstars: The fates of US child prodigies of the 1970s reveal great accomplishments but strong gender differences. Twitter matters.

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Is there a neural correlate to #nonmonogamy? A new study with a sample size of 10 monogamous and 10 non-monogamous men (mean age of 34) sought to find out. In this study, researchers examined participants’ brain activation in response to sexual and romantic stimuli. Results indicated that monogamous men showed more reward-related neural activity when viewing images designed to evoke the concepts of #love and #romance (including images independent of the participants’ own relationships) compared to non-monogamous men. Areas with increased activation for monogamous men were all in the right hemisphere and included the thalamus, accumbens, striatum, pallidum, insula, and orbitofrontal cortex. There were *no* significant differences between groups in activation to sexual stimuli. These results demonstrate that the neural processing of romantic images is different for monogamous and non-monogamous men, suggesting that non-monogamy is not just a random choice.
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