Category: reinforcing stereotypes

NCBI ROFL: "Say it…near the flower shop": further evidence of the effect of flowers on mating.

By ncbi rofl | September 12, 2012 7:00 pm

“For millennia, flowers have been used to convey romance. In this study, 18-25-year-old women (N = 600) walking alone in a shopping mall were approached by an attractive 20-year-old male-confederate who solicited them for their phone number. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Could watching porn before working out improve men's weightlifting performance?

By ncbi rofl | August 17, 2012 7:00 pm

Changes in salivary testosterone concentrations and subsequent voluntary squat performance following the presentation of short video clips.

“Previous studies have shown that visual images can produce rapid changes in testosterone concentrations. We explored the acute effects of video clips on salivary testosterone and cortisol concentrations and subsequent voluntary squat performance in highly trained male athletes (n=12). Saliva samples were collected on 6 occasions immediately before and 15 min after watching a brief video clip (approximately 4 min in duration) on a computer screen. The watching of a sad, erotic, aggressive, training motivational, humorous or a neutral control clip was randomised. Subjects then performed a squat workout aimed at producing a 3 repetition maximum (3RM) lift. Read More

NCBI ROFL: The big benefits of being bald.

By ncbi rofl | August 13, 2012 7:00 pm

Shorn Scalps and Perceptions of Male Dominance.

“Three studies contribute to the literature on dominance and nonverbal behavior (Ellyson & Dovidio, 1985) by examining how a man’s choice to shave his head influences person perception. In Study 1, men with shaved heads were rated as more dominant than similar men with full heads of hair. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Enhanced female attractiveness with use of cosmetics and male tipping behavior in restaurants.

By ncbi rofl | August 9, 2012 7:00 pm

“Several studies have found that cosmetics improve female facial attractiveness when judgments are made based on photographs. However, these studies were conducted only in the laboratory, while field studies are scarce in the literature. In fact, only one study has tested the effect of cosmetics on behavior. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Apparently, you can't bribe doctors with candy.

By ncbi rofl | August 2, 2012 7:00 pm

Randomized trial of 5 dollars versus 10 dollars monetary incentives, envelope size, and candy to increase physician response rates to mailed questionnaires.

“BACKGROUND: The validity of the results of mailed surveys is often threatened by nonresponse bias, which is made more likely when response rates are low. However, the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of several strategies to increase response rates are uncertain. OBJECTIVES: To assess three strategies to increase response rates to mailed physician surveys: including a 10 dollars versus a 5 dollars cash incentive in the initial mailing, including a mint candy or not, and using a large versus small outgoing envelope. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Shoes as a source of first impressions.

By ncbi rofl | July 9, 2012 7:00 pm

“Surprisingly minimal appearance cues lead perceivers to accurately judge others’ personality, status, or politics. We investigated people’s precision in judging characteristics of an unknown person, based solely on the shoes he or she wears most often. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Attention and performance in miniature golf across the life span.

By ncbi rofl | June 14, 2012 7:00 pm

“Highly skilled adolescent (15-19 years), young (25-35 years), middle-aged (50-57 years), and older (58-73 years) miniature golf players were examined in training and competitive conditions. Number of shots, heart rate, ratings of anxiety, and concentration time were registered. IN addition, two attentional subscales from the Test of Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS) inventory (Nideffer, 1976) were administered. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Do nachos count as a meal? Depends on which college student you ask.

By ncbi rofl | June 13, 2012 7:00 pm

Categorization of foods as “snack” and “meal” by college students.

“The cognitive representation of a food as being a “snack” or a “meal” influences eating behavior. We found previously that subjects who considered a particular food to be a ‘snack’ ate significantly more calories when tested later than subjects who considered the same foods as a ‘meal’. We conducted two surveys to determine the categorization of foods as “snacks” or “meals”. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Nice guys really do finish last.

By ncbi rofl | June 11, 2012 7:00 pm

Do nice guys–and gals–really finish last? The joint effects of sex and agreeableness on income.

“Sex and agreeableness were hypothesized to affect income, such that women and agreeable individuals were hypothesized to earn less than men and less agreeable individuals. Because agreeable men disconfirm (and disagreeable men confirm) conventional gender roles, agreeableness was expected to be more negatively related to income for men (i.e., the pay gap between agreeable men and agreeable women would be smaller than the gap between disagreeable men and disagreeable women). Read More

NCBI ROFL: Gaydar doesn't work as well on upside-down faces.

By ncbi rofl | June 8, 2012 7:00 pm

The Roles of Featural and Configural Face Processing in Snap Judgments of Sexual Orientation

“Research has shown that people are able to judge sexual orientation from faces with above-chance accuracy, but little is known about how these judgments are formed. Here, we investigated the importance of well-established face processing mechanisms in such judgments: featural processing (e.g., an eye) and configural processing (e.g., spatial distance between eyes). Participants judged sexual orientation from faces presented for 50 milliseconds either upright, which recruits both configural and featural processing, or upside-down, when configural processing is strongly impaired and featural processing remains relatively intact. Read More


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