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Is emotional intelligence tied to general IQ?

Emotional smarts and general intelligence may be more closely linked than previously thought, new research suggests. In a group of Vietnam veterans, IQ test results and emotional intelligence, or the ability to perceive, understand and deal with emotion in oneself or in others, were linked. And in brain scans, the same regions of the brain seemed to perform both emotional and cognitive tasks, the study found. The findings were published in the journal Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience. "Intelligence, to a large extent, does depend on basic cognitive abilities, like attention and perception and memory and language," said study co-author Aron Barbey, a neuroscientist at the University of Illinois, in a statement. "But it also depends on interacting with other people. We're fundamentally social beings and our understanding not only involves basic cognitive abilities but also involves productively applying those abilities to social situations so that we can navigate the social world and understand others."

What new website creates fake girlfriends?

Want to make your ex-girlfriend jealous? Need to show your friends you are in a serious relationship when you aren't? A Brazilian website says it has the answer: fake girlfriends. NamoroFake.com.br says that for 40 reals ($20) it will create a fake girlfriend and post her profile on Facebook during seven days. Without revealing numbers, the website says it has "a lot" of male clients who use its services to make former girlfriends jealous and show them they are dating again. It says that "all profiles are fictitious and not based on real people." Site creator Flavio Estevam tells the G1 news website that men comprise most of his client base, but "soon we will create fake boyfriends for women."

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