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What are the chances that an online connection will lead to true love?
For those dipping their toes into the dating pool during stay-at-home orders, it's been like swimming in a version of Netflix's reality series “Love is Blind."
If you surreptitiously pick your nose, chances are that everyone can see you doing it.
Orgasms don't always mean a sexual encounter is positive, find psychologists.
- A new study finds that reaching an orgasm doesn't always indicate the sexual encounter was pleasurable.
- A variety of reasons were reported by participants for "bad" orgasms.
- Communication is key to improving sexual experiences, maintain the scientists.
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Are these two laws universal throughout nature?
- Zipf's law of abbreviation and Menzerath's law seem to govern not just human speech but chimpanzee gestures.
- Fifty-eight individual chimp gestures were catalogued in a new study.
- Their presence points to an intriguing overlap between language and genetic chemistry.
Zipf’s and Menzerath’s laws<p>Here's what the two laws state in respect to language.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28494263" target="_blank" data-vivaldi-spatnav-clickable="1"><em>Zip's law of abbreviation</em></a>: Linguist <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Kingsley_Zipf" target="_blank" data-vivaldi-spatnav-clickable="1">George Kingsley Zipf</a> found that the length of words is inversely proportional to the frequency with which they're used. Among the 5,000 <a href="https://www.wordfrequency.info/free.asp?s=y" target="_blank" data-vivaldi-spatnav-clickable="1">most frequently used words in English</a>, the top five are "the," "be," "and," "of," and "a" — all quite short. In the bottom 10 are words like "manual," "plaintiff," middle-class," and "apology." (Every rule has its exceptions: Word #5,000 is the shorty "till.") The study notes that if volume level can be swapped for duration, previous research has already found "patterns consistent with this law in the behavior of a number of animal species: the vocal repertoire of Formosan macaques, close-range calls of common marmosets, social calls of bat species and non-vocal surface behavior of dolphins."<span></span></li></ul><ul> <li><a href="https://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopedia-of-chinese-language-and-linguistics/menzeraths-law-COM_000161" target="_blank" data-vivaldi-spatnav-clickable="1"><em>Menzerath's law</em></a>: German phonetician <a href="http://worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n93048994/" target="_blank" data-vivaldi-spatnav-clickable="1">Paul Menzerath</a> discovered that in his native language, the longer the word, the shorter the syllable. Likewise the longer the sentence the short the words and phrases it contains. Not only does his maxim apply to the majority of human languages, but, weirdly, it's also expressed in the <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/cplx.20398" target="_blank" data-vivaldi-spatnav-clickable="1">human genome</a>, as the study reports: "A negative relationship between construct and constituent size has been found… at the molecular level — between chromosome number and size across species, between exon number and size in genes, and between domain number and size in proteins.</li> </ul> <p>If it seems strange that principles of language should also apply to a range of naturally occurring processes, language, after all, is just another one of those. And as the new study says, "Both laws have been linked to compression — the information theoretic principle of minimizing code length." Any good software engineer knows the efficiency that comes from cleaning up an app's programming.</p><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTE5OTYwOC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNzc4Njg0MX0.EZNVR5S68ZKwYGGhAzjLnBmvrdnrV6BHO2MkxXx5xQc/img.jpg?width=1245&coordinates=27%2C101%2C53%2C39&height=700" id="3ae36" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f99b31f9ebb3d861cb5f212e521391c8" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
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The study of chimps' gestures<p>For the new study, whose primary investigator is primate expert <a href="https://pure.roehampton.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/stuart-semple(fe057038-08fb-4bdc-97f7-6642162093e7).html/" target="_blank" data-vivaldi-spatnav-clickable="1">Stuart Semple</a>, researchers analyzed videos of 58 "social play" gestures used more than 2137 times by chimps living in Uganda's' <a href="http://www.budongo.org" target="_blank" data-vivaldi-spatnav-clickable="1">Budongo Forest</a>. "Social play' was defined as "situations where two or more individuals engaged in play activities indicated by signs of laughter, play-face and typical body actions such as wrestling, chasing, play-biting or tickling." There are 81 chimps in the Sonso community studied.</p><p>The 359 video clips of 48 chimps recorded between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day were collected in four phases: October 2007–March 2008; June 2008–January 2009; May 2009–August 2009; and January 2011–August 2011.</p><p>Durations of gestures were measured in frames, each lasting 0.04 seconds. The study's text cites a few of the gestures cataloged: actions such as a head stand, dangle, or roll over, and those that signal the end of play or a change in play such as putting a hand on a playmate. There's a also a <a href="https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7628678.v1" target="_blank" data-vivaldi-spatnav-clickable="1">complete list</a> in the study's supplemental materials.</p><p>Taken all together, the law of abbreviation wasn't apparent in the gestures. However once the gestures were grouped into functional categories, its presence was plain. The same type of grouping was necessary to reveal the impact of Menzerath's law.</p>
A study looks at the chemistry of couples engaged in different activities.
- Leisure activities can help release more oxytocin, say researchers.
- Oxytocin is a hormone linked to social and sexual interaction.
- Couples who took art classes and played board games together released oxytocin.
(Photo credit Karen Melton)<p>Along with Melton, the study was co-authored with child and family studies professor <strong>Maria Boccia</strong>. Their research involved 20 couples aged 25–40. The couples had to go on one-hour dates which included game nights and art classes. One group played games in a home-like environment.</p><p>Among the games were Monopoly, cards, checkers, chess, puzzles, word games and even dominoes, while the art classes involved painting a beach scene with the couple's initials in the sand.</p><p>How did they measure oxytocin, you ask? Via urine samples, taken before and after the various date nights.</p><p>A survey of 6 items measures the communication and contact levels of the couples.</p>