The obvious, apparently, as reported by David Shieh in The Chronicle of Higher Education, particularly at AMA and Nature journals.
SINK OR SWIM: Young children who take swimming lessons are less likely to die of drowning than those who don’t take lessons, found a study published in the March issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Researchers, who interviewed the families of 88 drowning victims in six states, conceded that their study did not explain why the correlation exists, but noted that “it seems reasonable to assume that at least part of the protective effect is through increased swimming skills.”
BOREDOM EVERLASTING: Bored after seven years of marriage? Little will change after nine more, says a study published last month in Psychological Science. In a study of 123 married couples, researchers reported that boredom in the seventh year of marriage “strongly and significantly predicted less satisfaction” in the 16th year. Luckily, researchers also found a way to save marriages from being eroded by boredom: adding “excitement” to the relationship.
SWEDE TOOTH: Those who wake up in the middle of the night to head for the refrigerator are more likely to be obese, reports a study in this month’s issue of the journal Obesity. Researchers, who teamed up with the Swedish Twin Registry in Stockholm to survey more than 20,000 Swedish twins for the study, found that “night eating” was also correlated with binge eating, disrupted sleep patterns, and insomnia.
IS THAT A BENTLEY IN YOUR POCKET? Men who drive luxury cars are found to be more attractive than those who drive subcompacts, says a study published online in March in the British Journal of Psychology. Study participants were shown pictures of a model of the opposite sex in two different cars: a silver Bentley Continental and a red Ford Fiesta. While men found the model equally attractive in both settings, women rated the model as “significantly more attractive” when sitting in the Bentley. Noted the study: “It would appear that despite a noticeable increase in female ownership of prestige/luxury cars over recent years, males, unlike females, remain oblivious to such cues.”
Of course, this last journal also just published Men’s preferences for women’s profile waist-to-hip ratio, breast size, and ethnic group in Britain and South Africa, which reported “a strong positive correlation between ratings of attractiveness and health.” No, I do not know whom you should contact about volunteering to participate in this sort of research.