Category: reinforcing stereotypes

NCBI ROFL: Study proves "old person smell" is real.

By ncbi rofl | June 6, 2012 7:00 pm

The Smell of Age: Perception and Discrimination of Body Odors of Different Ages

“Our natural body odor goes through several stages of age-dependent changes in chemical composition as we grow older. Similar changes have been reported for several animal species and are thought to facilitate age discrimination of an individual based on body odors, alone. We sought to determine whether humans are able to discriminate between body odor of humans of different ages. Body odors were sampled from three distinct age groups: Young (20–30 years old), Middle-age (45–55), and Old-age (75–95) individuals. Perceptual ratings and age discrimination performance were assessed in 41 young participants. Read More

NCBI ROFL: The general age of leadership: older-looking presidential candidates win elections during war.

By ncbi rofl | May 28, 2012 7:00 pm

Figure 2. Age congruent and incongruent McCain- and Obama-like faces.

“As nation-state leaders age they increasingly engage in inter-state militarized disputes yet in industrialized societies a steady decrease in testosterone associated with aging is observed – which suggests a decrease in dominance behavior. The current paper points out that from modern societies to Old World monkeys increasing both in age and social status encourages dominant strategies to maintain acquired rank. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Getting bad customer service? Maybe you should change your clothes.

By ncbi rofl | May 21, 2012 7:00 pm

Customer service as a function of shopper’s attire.

“A field experiment explored whether a female shopper’s appearance would influence the customer service she received. Specifically, a female confederate dressed in formal work clothes (skirt and blouse) or informal gym clothes (tights and t-shirt) entered a series of randomly selected women’s clothing stores in a large mall and proceeded to “shop.” Read More

NCBI ROFL: If you want to sell more alcohol, touch your customers.

By ncbi rofl | April 20, 2012 7:00 pm

The effect of waitresses’ touch on alcohol consumption in dyads.

“A total of 96 men and 48 women participated in a study on the effect of touch in the natural setting of public taverns in the United States. Participants in the same-gender (men-men) or mixed-gender dyads were either touched or not touched by waitress confederates. Read More

NCBI ROFL: The effect of social support derived from World of Warcraft on negative psychological symptoms.

By ncbi rofl | April 16, 2012 7:00 pm

“Previous research examining players of massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) suggests that players form meaningful relationships with each other. Other research indicates that people may derive social support from online sources, and this social support has been associated with greater well-being. This study used an online survey of players (N = 206) of the MMOG World of Warcraft (WoW) to examine if social support can be derived from MMOGs and to examine its relationship with negative psychological symptoms. Read More

NCBI ROFL: On Machiavellianism and car salesmen.

By ncbi rofl | April 3, 2012 7:00 pm

Machiavellianism scores and self-rated performance of automobile salespersons.

“Machiavellianism (Mach-B) was positively correlated with self-reported number of vehicles sold and income in two samples of 80 car salespersons. The Mach-B scale showed higher internal consistency and significant relationship with sales performance. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Factors affecting college students' perceptions of sexual relationships between high school students and teachers.

By ncbi rofl | March 30, 2012 7:00 pm

“This study explored the effects of respondent gender, gender combination (male teacher/female student versus female teacher/male student), and teacher age (24 versus 39-years-old) on the perception of a sexual relationship between a teacher and a 16-year-old student. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Territorial defense in parking lots: retaliation against waiting drivers.

By ncbi rofl | March 26, 2012 7:00 pm

“Three studies showed that drivers leaving a public parking space are territorial even when such behavior is contrary to their goal of leaving. In Study 1 (observations of 200 departing cars), intruded-upon drivers took longer to leave than nonintruded-upon drivers. In Study 2, an experiment involving 240 drivers in which level of intrusion and status of intruder were manipulated, drivers took longer to leave when another car was present and when the intruder honked. Read More

NCBI ROFL: The face that launched a thousand ships: the mating-warring association in men.

By ncbi rofl | March 21, 2012 7:00 pm

“Questions about origins of human warfare continue to generate interesting theories with little empirical evidence. One of the proposed explanations is sexual selection theory. Within and supportive of this theoretical framework, the authors demonstrate a mating-warring association among young heterosexual men in four experiments. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Want to forge a signature in Arabic? Better ask a woman.

By ncbi rofl | March 15, 2012 7:00 pm

The influence of gender on ability to simulate handwritten signatures: a study of Arabic writers.

“This study investigates whether a writer’s gender can be determined from an inspection of simulated signatures written in the Arabic alphabet or Arabic abjad. It is generally believed that the penmanship of female writers is superior to male writers. There is also reason to expect that superiority in writing skill might contribute to success in simulating the signatures of other writers. Read More


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