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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00p6b2c

    People chat about porn.

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    Found an old list with some stories I never posted on here so here we go!

    Starting with a lesson in scepticism:
    http://boundaryvision.com/2011/08/16/women-romantic-goals-and-science-the-evidence-just-isnt-there/

    How a soap opera may have changed birthing habits in Brazil:
    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/09/girl-power/gorney-text?source=link_tw20110819ngm-power

    Are sexual dysfunction rates similar in men and women?:
    http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/20110724012004data_trunc_sys.shtml

    Males are maturing earlier and earlier:
    http://richarddawkins.net/articles/642713-boys-reach-sexual-maturity-younger-and-younger#

    G article on sex, roles and expectation:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/12/sex-study-relationships

    'The Anti-Freud' - proselytiser of the orgasm:
    http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2011/06/the_great_proselytizer_of_orgasm.html

    Cheating, men and their fathers?:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/jul/25/marriage-adultery-father-role-model?CMP=twt_fd

    Post more soon.

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    We've got  a new weekly blog post based on sex news - great for reading on a Sunday in bed instead of the papers 

    Call Girl Reviews, Sex on TV and Freaky Labia: Lovehoney's Week in Sex News

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    Ahhhhhh there is a Lovehoney person in on the weekend..... We wern't partying, promise

    But on a serious not the gay couple suing the airline..... I cannot believe something like that happened, It is absolutely horrible.

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    4. How happiness campaigns could end up making us sadder
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    Founded in 2010, the Action for Happiness* movement states: "What we want for our society is as much happiness as is possible and, above all, as little misery". These aims are well-intentioned, but a new study shows public campaigns like this could have an ironic effect, actually making sad people feel sadder.

    Brock Bastian and his colleagues surveyed hundreds of Australian and Japanese students and found that those people who believed more strongly that society expects us to try to be happy, also tended to evaluate their own negative emotions more negatively. In other words, believing that there's a cultural expectation to strive for happiness is associated with feeling sad about being sad. In turn, people who felt this societal expectation more keenly reported experiencing negative emotions more often and having poorer wellbeing (a fall-out that was mediated by these participants being more critical of their own negative emotions). Comparing across cultures, the overall pattern of results was present but weaker in Japan, where negative emotions are generally better tolerated.

    These initial findings provided only a snapshot. To get a better sense of the causality of societal expectations, Bastian and his team conducted two further studies in which Australian participants were first primed with carefully prepared newspaper articles, and then prompted to feel negative emotion by reminiscing in writing about a negative event from their lives.

    Reading a news article about research that claimed sadness is infectious or that sad people are disliked led participants to experience more negative emotion after they'd reminisced about a bad event in their past. It's as if a reminder of society's intolerance to negative emotion aggravated participants' own negative feelings. By contrast, reading an article that said sad people are accepted and liked, led participants to experience less negative emotion after the reminiscence exercise.

    It's revealing that a control condition, in which participants were primed with a mundane article about fertiliser, led to just as much negative emotion after the writing exercise (as compared with when the priming article was about sad people being disliked). This suggests the reminder about society's intolerance of negative emotions was unnecessary. "Social pressures appear to be highly normative and particularly so within Western cultures," the researchers said.

    Bastian and his colleagues said their findings show how our beliefs about society's intolerance of negative emotions has downstream effects, changing how we experience our own emotions, "ironically aggravating those same emotions that are deemed to be socially undesirable or unacceptable."

    "Attempts to promote the value of feeling good over the value of feeling bad by emphasising social norms for these emotions may therefore have the effect of making people feel bad more often," Bastian and co concluded.
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    Bastian B, Kuppens P, Hornsey MJ, Park J, Koval P, and Uchida Y (2012). Feeling bad about being sad: the role of social expectancies in amplifying negative mood. Emotion (Washington, D.C.), 12 (1), 69-80 PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21787076

    Author weblink: http://www.psy.uq.edu.au/directory/index.html?id=1529

    *Visit the DIGEST BLOG: http://www.researchdigest.org.uk/blog to comment on this research, search past items and discover more links.

    *Check the Digest blog for a comment on this research from the Director of Action for Happiness: http://www.bps-research-digest.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/how-happiness-campaigns-could-end-up.html

    In the A-level syllabus: AQA spec A, A2, psychopathology. AQA spec B, A2, psychology of atypical behaviour option. Edexcel, A2, clinical psychology. SQA higher, domain psychology of individual differences, atypical behaviour.

    Further reading. Other people may experience more misery than you realise: http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/other-people-may-experience-more-misery.html

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     The next installment of our weekly round up is ready for you to read (well, it was yesterday morning - remember to check it!)

    Sharing Sex Toys, Sexy Bedroom Decor and a Free Ebook: Lovehoney's Week in Sex News

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    2. Does sleeping face-down induce more sexual dreams?
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    It's a common experience for us to incorporate sounds we hear while we're sleeping into the narrative of our dreams. The real car alarm outside becomes a police siren in our exciting chase through dreamland. Given the way activities and sensations from the real world permeate our dreams, the author of a new study, Calvin Kai-Ching Yu at Hong Kong Shue Yan University, has investigated whether the simple fact of our sleeping position can also affect the kinds of dreams we're likely to have.

    Yu surveyed 670 people (average age 19) - including 227 men and 443 women - about the content of their dreams, their dream intensity, their usual sleeping position (face up, face down, or lying on their side), and their personality.

    Yu's main finding is that sleeping more often in a prone (face down) position is associated with a higher prevalence of experiencing particular dream themes, including: being locked up; dreaming about hand tools; sexual experiences; being smothered and unable to breath; swimming; and being nude. Although sleeping more often in a prone position was related to personality factors (negatively associated with conscientiousness and correlated with neuroticism), this didn't fully explain the link between sleep position and dream content. Of the 476 participants who reported having a dominant sleep position, only 5 per cent were habitual prone sleepers.

    Yu thinks a prone sleeping position triggers particular kinds of dream content because of the way that the pressure on the body, including the genitals, and difficulty breathing, is converted into dream experiences. Sometimes this is done in a symbolic way, he argues, (hence the dreams about hand tools). Yu endorses a Freudian view of dreams, suggesting they protect sleep "by quenching the internal needs or eliminating the cues that alert the sleeping ego to the existence of the outer world."

    In contrast to the associations between prone sleeping position and dream content, the frequency of sleeping in a supine (face up) or lateral position was almost entirely unrelated to the prevalence of different dream themes.

    A major criticism of this research is the fact that participants were relied on to accurately recall their sleeping position and their dream content, a shortcoming that Yu acknowledged. The lack of any comparison between genders also seemed an unfortunate omission.

    "This study provides the evidence that dream experiences, and in particular dream content, can be influenced by body posture during sleep," Yu concluded. His findings add to past research showing that right-sided sleepers had more positive dreams and fewer nightmares than left-sided sleepers.
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    C K-C Yu (2012). The effect of sleep position on dream experiences. Dreaming, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0029255

    Author weblink: http://www.hksyu.edu/counpsy/crc/index_staff_YUcalvin.htm

    *Visit the DIGEST BLOG: http://www.researchdigest.org.uk/blog to comment on this research, search past items and discover more links.

    In the A-level syllabus: AQA spec A, Biological rhythms, sleep and dreaming. Edexcel and OCR, sleep states/ states of awareness. SQA adv higher, theories and research of sleep and dreaming, including restoration.
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    The Nymphomaniac wrote:

    2. Does sleeping face-down induce more sexual dreams?

    I'll have to get back to you on that one ;)

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    HappilyExperimenting wrote:

    The Nymphomaniac wrote:

    2. Does sleeping face-down induce more sexual dreams?

    I'll have to get back to you on that one ;)

    Hehehe, please do =)

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    If you haven't seen todays Week in Sex News blog check it out, if just for the video.....Dildo sports.... i think they on to something!

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    luckylesbo wrote:

    If you haven't seen todays Week in Sex News blog check it out, if just for the video.....Dildo sports.... i think they on to something!

     

    Glad you enjoyed it, here's the link for anyone who's interested! http://www.lovehoney.co.uk/blog/2012/09/23/lovehoney-week-in-sex-news-5/

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    Sylvia Kristel, star of Emmanuelle, dies

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-19990457

    RIP Sylvia

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    disturbing news for people who "sext"

    Warning as 88% of 'sexted' online photos of youngsters are stolen and reused When young people upload 'sexy' images online to share with friends, 88% are stolen and reused on 'parasite' websites.

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/warning-as-88--of--sexted--online-photos-of-youngsters-are-stolen-and-reused.html

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    gunther wrote:

    disturbing news for people who "sext"

    Warning as 88% of 'sexted' online photos of youngsters are stolen and reused When young people upload 'sexy' images online to share with friends, 88% are stolen and reused on 'parasite' websites.

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/warning-as-88--of--sexted--online-photos-of-youngsters-are-stolen-and-reused.html

    hmmm well that explains why most people don't include their face in body shots anymore :P

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    Ayr and Prestwick residents are among the highest users of online porn in Scotland!

    The data, which comes from UK porn site, Pornhub shows Ayr residents spend 9.55 minutes on average looking at illicit material.

    And people in Prestwick spend 9.54 minutes on average browsing porn.

    Ayr and Prestwick have emerged as seventh and eighth in the top 10 porn users in Scotland - for time spent looking at adult material.

    http://www.ayradvertiser.com/news/ayr/articles/2014/01/09/484532-prestwick-and-ayr-residents-among-highest-porn-users-in-scotland-/

    Go Scots!

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    A psychological article on faking orgasms:

    http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/ill-have-what-shes-having-developing.html

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