Category: Psychology & Neuroscience

And women who were virgins on their wedding night were the least likely to get divorced, according to the study. It found only five per cent of women who had zero sexual partners had marriages that ended in divorce. Professor Wolfinger explained the findings by noting that one of the most common reasons for abstinence before marriage was for religious reasons. He said women who marry as virgins were far more likely to attend church at least once a week. ‘These findings make sense in light of the fact that people who attend church frequently have lower divorce rates than do non-participants,’ he added.

Note: Which came first the chicken or the egg? Do “people who attend church frequently have lower divorce rates than do non-participants” simply because they go to church, or is it more likely that (1) as virgins (with a higher virgin population within many church settings) they are better able to pair-bond, and/or (2) the biblical morals/principles/precepts make it more likely for (many though obviously not all) church-going people to live and act in a manner that increases the likelihood of successful pair-bonding despite their prior sexual interactions? I believe that virginity is a vital factor despite the reality that non-virgins marrying, within a church setting, are more apt to have successful marriages (the pair-bonding becomes easier but, I trust, not nearly as easy as it is amongst virgin couples). Just a thought…

Click Number of sexual partners could determine how likely you are to DIVORCE | DailyMail for the entire article.

“…However, when an individual chooses to engage in casual sex, breaking bond after bond with each new sexual partner, the brain forms a new synaptic map of one-night–stands. This pattern becomes the “new normal” for the individual. When and if the individual later desires to find a more permanent partner, the brain mapping will have to be overcome, making a permanent bond more difficult to achieve. Often the individual is not aware that the brain has adapted to the behavior pattern and he/she begins to think, “That’s just the way I am”, further reinforcing the pattern. “

 

Click Pair- bonding and the Brain | Medical Institute for Sexual Health for the entire article.

You spend a third of your life asleep, a good chunk of which involves dreaming. But most often, you don’t remember any of your dreams. And even on those lucky days when you wake up with a memory of the dream still floating in your mind, there’s a good chance that in just a minute the memory will vanish into thin air and back to dreamland.

In waking life, such a case of quickly forgetting recent experiences would surely land you in a doctor’s office. With dreams, however, forgetting is normal. Why?

Click Why Can’t We Remember Our Dreams? for the rest of the article.

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Skimming has led, I believe, to a tendency to go to the sources that seem the simplest, most reduced, most familiar, and least cognitively challenging. I think that leads people to accept truly false news without examining it, without being analytical. One of my major worries is that when you lose the novel, you lose the ability to go into another person’s perspective. My biggest worry now is that a lot of what we’re seeing in society today — this vulnerability to demagoguery in all its forms — of one unanticipated and never intended consequence of a mode of reading that doesn’t allow critical analysis and empathy.

Click A neuroscientist explains what tech does to the reading brain – The Verge for the rest of the article.