Top 10 Mind-Blowers: Nudity


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Nudity Makes Men Less Aggressive
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Certainly female nudity has the power to distract the heterosexual male, but does it have the power to calm him and make him less aggressive?

Context is key of course. A 1995 meta-analysis of the effects of pornography viewing on aggression found that media depictions of both non-violent and violent sexual activity boosted aggression in test subject -- more so in the case of violent material.

Yet the same study found that non-sexual, pictorial nudity actually reduced subsequent aggressive behavior. Meanwhile, a 2000 study published in Law and Human Behavior also found that heterosexual men become less aggressive subsequent to seeing images of nude women.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.