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Tag: Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology

Women feel threatened by ‘the lady in red’

Women feel threatened by ‘the lady in red’

July 14, 2014

In a new study, psychology graduate student Adam Pazda found that women believe that other women who wear red are more sexually promiscuous and were less likely to introduce their husband or boyfriend to a woman wearing red.

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Women wearing red are viewed as more sexually threatening by other women

Women wearing red are viewed as more sexually threatening by other women

July 14, 2014

Wearing red doesn’t only draw attention from members of the opposite sex, it can provoke sexual rivalry in women, researchers say. A new study claims that a woman wearing red sets off “mate-guard” impulses in other women, and that a woman is less likely to introduce a woman wearing red to her boyfriend or spouse.

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The strange social science of the color red

The strange social science of the color red

July 13, 2014

“I don’t think it’s the case that women who wear red are always advertising sexual interest,” says Adam Pazda, a social psychologist at University of Rochester who led the study. “But there is evidence that people make judgments about other people in general based on clothing. You can see how color might easily fit into that.”

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Women see other gals dressed in red as sexual threat

Women see other gals dressed in red as sexual threat

July 11, 2014

So that lady in red stirs up passion in men — “dancing with me, cheek to cheek … the beauty by my side,” as the Chris DeBurgh song goes.

But how does her dress color affect the women around her? A recent study from the University of Rochester with collaborators from Trnava University in Slovakia and the Slovak Academy of Sciences say not so positively.

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‘Vital signs’ of teaching captured by quick, reliable in-class evaluation

‘Vital signs’ of teaching captured by quick, reliable in-class evaluation

June 17, 2014

A 20-minute classroom assessment that is less subjective than traditional in-class evaluations by principals can reliably measure classroom instruction and predict student standardized test scores.

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Divorce rate cut in half for couples who discussed relationship movies

Divorce rate cut in half for couples who discussed relationship movies

January 31, 2014

A new study finds that watching and discussing movies about relationships is as effective in lowering divorce rates as other, more intensive early marriage counseling programs.

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‘Mean Girls’ Be Warned: Ostracism Cuts Both Ways

‘Mean Girls’ Be Warned: Ostracism Cuts Both Ways

May 5, 2013

A new study shows that individuals who deliberately shun another person are equally distressed by the experience.

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Some Stress Can Be Your Friend

Some Stress Can Be Your Friend

April 8, 2013

Rethink the way we view our shaky hands, pounding heart, and sweaty palms can help people perform better both mentally and physically.

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