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News includes likeable look-alikes, seeing clearer through meditation and bouncing back from bad events

1:05pm, June 3, 2011

Association for Psychological Science annual meeting, Washington, D.C., May 26–29

Familiarity breeds congeniality
Snap judgments about others sometimes depend not on what the person looks like but on whom they look like. Women tend to preferentially like male strangers who facially resemble the woman’s romantic partner, psychologist Gül Günaydin of Cornell University reported May 27. This type of social attraction often occurs unconsciously, Günaydin’s team found. For unclear reasons, men showed no signs of especially liking women who resembled a romantic partner. Members of 30 romantic couples observed opposite-sex strangers’ faces for half a second on a computer screen. Some faces were digitally altered to resemble the volunteers’ partners. —Bruce Bower

Om-tastic vision
Intensive meditation, like that practiced by Buddhist monks, can give e

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