Friday, December 18, 2009
Why women have sex. Why some ants don’t. Is your online personality the real you? What do bats sing about to each other? Who’s that new meat-eater shaking up the dinosaur family tree? Do toddlers make their own grammar?
These are among the questions that University of Texas at Austin researchers answered in the fall 2009 semester.
Here’s a look back at what they found.
Women and sex: Let me count the whys
Challenging the idea that women’s sexual motivations are tied exclusively to romantic emotions or reproduction, a new study by Cindy Meston and David Buss, psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin found women’s sexual decisions are motivated by a shocking array of reasons that range from the mundane (”I was bored”) to a sense of adventure (”I wanted to know what it was like before getting married”), and from the altruistic (”I felt sorry for him”) to the borderline evil (”I wanted to give him a sexually transmitted disease”).
Who knew? Bats are balladeers
Video: Sid the Bat sings a love songIt might not sound like crooners singing about love on the radio, but bats sing love songs to each other too, say researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University who are believed to be the first to decode the mysterious sounds made by the winged creatures.
Find more on Texas research at http://www.utexas.edu/research/