20 - Ten things: Middle children, yoga or aerobics, partners look like your mum, Barbie dolls, cat personality, dancing, diagnosing Gollum, swearing, sleeping positions & city disorders.

20 - This pod is a 10 item Things We Came Across Special to celebrate our 20th episode (like what we did for the 10th episode - but with less Star Wars). We talk about 10 different and unusual psychology research papers. Hunter's papers run the gamete of asking whether middle children are socially more advanced, which parent physical characteristics do we find attractive in potential partners (creepy), discusses cat personality traits, what diagnosis Gollum from Lord of the Rings has (nerd alert), and what predicts couples initial sleeping positions. Meanwhile Amy tackles the topics of which type of exercise is best for mood (seeking confirmatory bias for yoga), the depressing research on what playing with Barbie does to girls career aspirations, why theory of mind and dancing are linked, why is it good to swear when socially excluded, and finishes with a discussion on disorders named after cities.  

Hunter's articles

Face preferences (Do I like my partner because he looks like my dad?): http://www.ehbonline.org/article/S1090-5138(15)00059-8/fulltext

Birth order and cooperativeness (do middle children rule?): http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjdp.12180/full

What is Gollum's diagnosis : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC535969

Cat personality: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376635716303308?via%3Dihub

Sleep positions (don't touch me! or lets cuddle): https://journals.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/index.php/IJoDR/article/view/32590

Amy's articles

Exercise (Amy attempts to show yoga is better than aerobics) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27514246

Barbie dolls and career aspirations in girls  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11199-014-0347-y

Dancing and theory of mind http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdev.12314/abstract

Swearing, pain and social exclusion  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ejsp.2264/abstract

Disorders named after cities http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/0027773814Z.00000000087?journalCode=ynam20