Politics and smut--winners wank more

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    Oct 30, 2010 9:35 PM GMT
    http://www.economist.com/node/17358553?story_id=17358553Previous research has found these hormonal ups and downs in male wrestlers, martial artists, tennis players, chess players and even people playing a coin-flip game. In evolutionary terms, it makes sense. If a losing male continues to be aggressive, the chances are he will be seriously injured (it is unlikely natural selection could have foreseen competitive coin-tossing). Turning down his testosterone level helps ward off that risk. Conversely, the winner can afford to get really dominant, as the threat of retaliation has receded.
    No matter which side won, searches for porn increased in states that had voted for the winners and decreased in those that had voted for the losers. The difference was not huge; it was a matter of one or two per cent. But it was consistent and statistically significant.

    If the polls are right, then, next Tuesday’s mid-term elections will see red faces in the red states for those furtive surfers who are caught in the act. In the blue states, meanwhile, a fit of the blues will mean the screens stay switched off.
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    Oct 31, 2010 3:39 AM GMT
    Pretty interesting research idea. Whose grant money is paying for this? icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 31, 2010 4:05 AM GMT
    Who do you think? The government, of course. It's paying for far less deserving research all the time. icon_razz.gif