In a study to be published this summer in the journal Body Image, University of Illinois researchers discovered that exposure to video gaming magazines has a stronger influence on preadolescent boys’ drive for muscularity, or desire for muscle mass, than does exposure to magazines that depict a more realistic muscular male-body ideal.
Researchers studying the quality of doctoral programs in communication studies ranked the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s joint doctoral program in mass communication first among 102 such programs across the nation.
Men have long found the idea of women in red an alluring idea, but a new study by the University of Rochester, found that that feeling is mutual. The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, found women were more attracted to men wearing red.
We all know that men and women are expected to carry themselves differently and this new study by Rutgers’ University on modesty only reinforces that point. Turns out, it is more attractive for men to have little modesty, but necessary for women to have a great deal of modesty.
There is no shortage of reality TV shows that focus on plastic surgery as a way of improving oneself, but what effect is this having on the viewers? Teenagers make up a large percentage of the audience for these types of shows, and it is not news that teenagers are especially self-conscious of their appearance. The problem with these reality television shows is that they make happiness appear to be just a surgery away.
If you’re wondering why Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paridis — or Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes — chose the other as a partner, new research by the University of St Andrews in Scotland may suggest why: because women are most attracted to men who look like the masculine version of themselves.
The 1980’s were the glory days of hypermasculinity. Stallone, Van Damme, Schwarzenegger, and their cohorts couldn’t wait to rip off their shirts to save the world. It was a time when you could settle an issue with an arm wrestle. But these days have long gone, and while a small number of steroid junkies still live for its revival, their efforts have landed American muscle in the background of reality television shows, like Jersey Shore, that are more of a punchline than a punch up hit.
A new study by the University of Chicago suggests that when accents make people less certain about what an individual is saying, they may transfer that uncertainty onto the statement itself, deciding that the statement is less credible. As a result, many people equate accents with a lack of trustworthiness.