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Tag: Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology

Zoologic: The Red Effect, in people and monkeys

Zoologic: The Red Effect, in people and monkeys

October 27, 2014

Benjamin Hayden of the University of Rochester and his colleagues wondered if this red effect reflects cultural influences or if there is a more ancient biological basis to it. In many human cultures, the color red is linked to sex and romance. But if the effect is found in other primates, it could reflect a biologically innate sensory bias.

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‘Red Effect’ sparks interest in female monkeys

‘Red Effect’ sparks interest in female monkeys

October 17, 2014

Recent studies have showed that the color red tends to increase our attraction toward others, feelings of jealousy, and even reaction times. Now, new research shows that female monkeys also respond to the color red, suggesting that biology, rather than our culture, may play the fundamental role in our “red” reactions.

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How the colour red warps the mind

How the colour red warps the mind

September 1, 2014

This first “study in scarlet” triggered a host of other experiments …. Soon, colour psychology was a credible scientific field in its own right. “That paper was really responsible for this resurgence in interest in colour and its possible effects,” says Andrew Elliot at the University of Rochester.

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The complex relationship between happiness and motivation

The complex relationship between happiness and motivation

August 18, 2014

Scientists Richard M. Ryan from the University of Rochester and Christina Frederick from the University of Southern Utah have taken an extensive look at the concept of subjective vitality as a reflection of well-being. Ryan and Frederick argue that subjective vitality is enhanced when the basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness are satisfied.

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Love people, not pleasure

Love people, not pleasure

July 18, 2014

In 2009, researchers from the University of Rochester conducted a study tracking the success of 147 recent graduates in reaching their stated goals after graduation. Some had “intrinsic” goals, such as deep, enduring relationships. Others had “extrinsic” goals, such as achieving reputation or fame.

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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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