Thursday, May 14, 2009

Intelligent women have better sex, study reveals

This is rubbish. So-called "EQ" has very little to do with IQ and is best characterized as a personality trait with some overlay of learned skills. So touchy-feely women enjoy sex more. Big surprise!

Salovey is probably the most scholarly proponent of EQ and he has made a fairly careful psychometric study of it -- including a look at the correlation between EQ and IQ. I nearly fell off my chair when I saw what he used as his measure of IQ, however. He used the vocabulary subscale of the old Army Alpha test of World War I vintage! And he even admits to an arbitrary shortening of that subscale. One has to suspect the motivation behind such strange behaviour. Did the words he used in the vocab test tend to be related to emotional concepts? One has to expect something of that sort. Be that as it may, the correlation between EQ and IQ that he obtained (p. 146) among college students (itself a very unrepresentative sample) was .36, implying a shared variance of only 13%. That would normally be regarded as low but not too disreputable but proves little in this case. The finding amounts to saying that people who are better with words are better at getting on with people -- which is both no surprise and no proof that EQ correlates with general problem-solving ability -- which is what spiral omnibus IQ tests measure

Women with brains have more fun in bed, a study has revealed. Beauty may bag you a man - but brains will bring you more fun in the bedroom. Women blessed with 'emotional intelligence' [EQ] - the ability to express their feelings and read those of others - have better sex lives, research shows. Those most in touch with their feelings have twice as many orgasms as inhibited sorts, the study found.

The finding could lead to new ways of counselling the 40 per cent of women who find it difficult or impossible to enjoy sex fully.

Researcher Tim Spector of King's College London said there were definite advantages to being a touchy-feely type. He said: 'These findings show that emotional intelligence is an advantage in many aspects of your life, including the bedroom.'

Professor Spector questioned more than 2,000 female twins, aged between 18 and 83, about their sex lives. They were asked to rate their ability to reach orgasm on a seven-point scale, ranging from 'never' to 'always'. They also filled in a questionnaire designed to gauge their emotional intelligence and covering traits such as self expression, empathy and contentment. Those most in touch with their feelings had the most orgasms, the Journal of Sexual Medicine reports.

Lead author, psychologist Andrea Burri, also of King's College, said: 'Emotional intelligence seems to have a direct impact on women's sexual functioning by influencing her ability to communicate her sexual expectations and desires to her partner.'


Accurate prostate test which could save hundreds from surgery every year a step nearer

Sounds promising

Scientists are closer to developing a more accurate test for prostate cancer which could save hundreds from surgery every year. Currently an operation is the only way to tell whether tumours are aggressive or non-aggressive, but many men are left suffering from incontinence and impotence as a result. Now, scientists say a simple urine test could be developed to identify those who need further treatment, and those whose cancer is dormant.

Writing in the British Journal of Cancer, they explained that tiny globules of fat in men's urine contain RNA molecules which could indicate whether the cancer is aggressive. These molecules are carried directly from the tumour out of the body in fatty capsules called exosomes.

For the first time, scientists have discovered that different genes are switched on and off in aggressive and dormant prostate cancers. They also found that genetic material carried in the exosomes comes from tumours, allowing them to look for indicators that show what kind of cancer is present. However, more work is needed to identify all these genes before a test could be launched on the market. The information could help doctors decide which prostate cancers require rapid treatment. Many cases do not progress and can be left untreated.

Dr Jonas Nilsson, of the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, said: 'We hope that this innovative approach to studying prostate cancer will reveal new biomarkers for aggressive tumours. 'Tumour-derived RNA is preserved in these capsules and gives us an insight into the genetics of an individual's tumour.'

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with around 34,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Around 10,000 die from the disease each year.

Dr Lesley Walker, of Cancer Research UK, said: 'This technique is a fresh view on an old problem and could really help scientists find that elusive biomarker. 'It's still unclear what the best treatment approach is for early prostate cancer, so it's important we find answers to this as soon as possible. 'Distinguishing the aggressive tumours that must be treated from those that don't will go a long way towards resolving this issue.'


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