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Gossip is the spice of life; MAUREEN MESSENT.

PEOPLE remember juicy gossip about their friends more easily than more mundane details about their lives, according to new research published today.

The New Scientist magazine reports that our love of soap operas and gossip magazines could be explained by our interest in other people's antics.

Researchers from the University of St Andrews and the University of Liverpool used a "Chinese whispers" test passed on between volunteers and found that gossip-like information about deception and infidelity were passed on, while descriptive information was forgotten.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Feb 16, 2006
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