Leisure (Page 2)

Entertainment, sports, holidays and backyard time articles and news.

Gender, race, and age influence our perceptions of people as “too fat” or “thin enough,” research shows. “It looks like obesity is in the eye of the beholder,” says coauthor Vida Maralani, associate professor of sociology at Cornell University. “People are judged differently depending on who they are. ‘Too fat’ inContinue Reading

When you’re thinking about purchasing a new car, it can be tempting to stick with what you know. If you have always gone with a certain make of car and been fairly happy with your choices, you may be inclined to go for the same manufacturer next time round. ByContinue Reading

In order to experience beauty, we must think, a new study suggests, confirming the 18th-century idea of Immanuel Kant’s about the relationship between beauty and thought. “The experience of beauty is a form of pleasure,” explains Denis Pelli, a professor of psychology and neural science at New York University andContinue Reading

Restaurant servers believe well-dressed customers are most likely to leave good tips, research shows. This judgment could result in better service for those diners. “Everyone uses first impressions to make snap judgments,” says Dae-Young Kim, associate professor of hospitality management in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food, andContinue Reading

The act of throwing—whether it’s a dart at a board or a ball of paper into a wastebasket—involves a complex trade-off between speed and accuracy. Humans are uniquely able to throw fast and on target. Monkeys can—and do—throw things, but they’re really bad at it, scientists say. For a newContinue Reading

Mindfulness courses have less effect on the attitudes and emotions of men than on those of women, new research suggests. In a study of a scholarly course on mindfulness that also included meditation labs, researchers found that the practice on average significantly helped women overcome “negative affect”—a downcast mood—but did notContinue Reading

Recreational fishing is more than a hobby, it’s a valuable life skill. Survivalists make strong cases about why most people should learn to fish. It keeps you fed if you’re ever trapped in the wilderness. Fishing also helps calm you. Additionally, the fish themselves bring major health rewards to yourContinue Reading

Dining out frequently can make it harder to control a food budget, new research suggests. People who eat out often tend to underestimate the amount they’d spend over the week and then raise the following week’s budget. Rather than making people smarter consumers, frequent dining out may be associated withContinue Reading

There is a long-standing belief that musical scales arose from simple harmonic ratios. But scientists are proposing a different source: the mistuning of the human voice. The Greek mathematician Pythagoras found that plucking a string at certain points produced pleasing steps similar to the progression heard in musical scales—Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do. ScalesContinue Reading

If you want to win an Oscar it is best to be an American actor in a film that portrays American culture. That is the conclusion of a paper published today, Sunday 5 February, in the British Journal of Psychology by Dr Niklas K. Steffens from the School of PsychologyContinue Reading