Its income per capita in 1929 was reportedly 41% of the US…

By | 2017-02-09T12:01:34+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Categories: Interesting Facts|Tags: , |

… thus higher than in Mississippi and South Carolina.

“Prior to the Cuban Revolution, Cuba ranked fifth in the hemisphere in per capita income, third in life expectancy, second in per capita ownership of automobiles and telephones, first in the number of television sets per inhabitant.”

Marianne Ward (Loyola College) and John Devereux (Queens College CUNY), The Road not taken: Pre-Revolutionary Cuban Living Standards in Comparative Perspective pp. 30–31.

“American Experience – Fidel Castro”. PBS. Retrieved 11 June 2015.

Wikipedia.com

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YOUR life really does flash before your eyes during near-death experiences

By | 2017-02-07T11:06:36+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Categories: Interesting Facts|Tags: |

“An astonishing report has detailed survivors accounts of near-death experiences and found memories do flash through your eyes in the moments before a potentially fatal crisis.

Survivors who participated in the study detailed how they saw multiple events from their lifetime – not in chronological order and some even at the same time – when they faced death.

(…)

The report, published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition, said that the memories are often emotionally charged.”
source: Express magazine “THIS is what you see in the moments before your death – shock new study”

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In 76 percent of situations, a toddler’s  act out of aggression without being provoked

By | 2017-02-03T02:04:04+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Interesting Facts|Tags: , |

Although, these unprovoked violent outburst decreased in the second year of life.

What’s more, the aggressive infant did not show any signs of obvious distress.

What is also interesting, researchers scored the violent toddlers as higher in their tendency to show pleasure. It suggests that they use force as a form of fun interaction, not as a way to vent their anger. Also, provoked and unprovoked aggression showed different developmental trajectories.

Dahl, A. (2015). “Infants’ unprovoked acts of force toward others Developmental”, Science, Volume 19, Issue 6, November 2016, Pages 1049–1057

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Food packaged according to gender stereotypes is more appealing

By | 2017-02-02T15:57:54+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Interesting Facts|Tags: |

Researchers packaged muffins in a masculine style of wrapper. They described it as a Mega Muffin. The package depicted men who played football. The same Mega Muffin was placed in feminine packaging, showing a female ballet dancer.

What is interesting is that both men and women rated the masculine muffin as tastier. They were also willing to pay more for it.

Participants said they would have rated “the feminine” muffin as positive if it was called a Health Muffin.


Zhu, L., Brescoll, V., Newman, G., & Uhlmann, E. (2015). Macho; “The Implicit Effects of Gendered Food Packaging on Preferences for Healthy and Unhealthy Foods”, Nachos Social Psychology, 46 (4), 182-196

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Long-Distance Runners Think Very Differently Than you May Have Thought

By | 2017-02-02T15:58:07+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Categories: Interesting Facts|Tags: |


The three main subjects long distance runners think about:
 
1. pace and distance
 
2. pain and discomfort
 
3. the running environment, especially those nasty hills, and the weather
 
If you were wondering if long-distance runners use this time to solve life’s dilemmas – relationship troubles or metaphysical conundrums, for example – it seems that is not the case.

Samson, A., Simpson, D., Kamphoff, C., & Langlier, A. (2015). Think aloud: An examination of distance runners’ thought processes International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology 1-14

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Experts often believe they know things that they don’t know

By | 2017-02-02T15:58:23+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Categories: Interesting Facts|Tags: , |

New research suggests that knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Those most confident about a topic often claim to know facts which don’t exist.

For example, in one study, a group of experts claimed that they knew words like pre-rated stocks, more often than the “non-experts” did.

One reason for this might be that self-proclaimed experts are simply trying to look good and portray how much of an “expert” they are on the topic.

Even those who somewhat feel like an expert also change their attitude to the knowledge.


Atir, S., Rosenzweig, E., & Dunning, D. (2015). “When Knowledge Knows No Bounds: Self-Perceived Expertise Predicts Claims of Impossible Knowledge”, Psychological Science, 26 (8), 1295-1303

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