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Stereotypes Lower Math Performance in Women, but Effects Go Unrecognized

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A new study from Indiana University suggests that gender stereotypes about women's ability in mathematics negatively impact their performance. And in a significant twist, both men and women wrongly believe those stereotypes will not undermine women’s math performance -- but instead motivate them to perform better.

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Sense of Smell May Reveal Weight Bias

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A new study suggests that a person’s sense of smell may reveal a weight bias, one that is likely more pervasive than previously believed.

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Just Slip Out the Back, Jack

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When it comes to romantic relationships, a research review article by a Saint Louis University faculty member suggests humans are wired to break up and move on.

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WIU Professor, Former FBI Agent's Latest Book, "The Like Switch," Provides Tips for How to Influence and Win People Over

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A Western Illinois University professor's new book covers techniques that individuals can use to can influence, attract and win people over. WIU School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Assistant Professor and former FBI Special Agent Jack Schafer's "The Like Switch," according to the publisher's website, "is a handbook filled with his proven strategies on how to instantly read people and influence how they perceive you…."

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Men’s Preference for Certain Body Types Has Evolutionary Roots

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A psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin sheds new light on today’s standards of beauty, attributing modern men’s preferences for women with a curvy backside to prehistoric influences.

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Study: Emoticons Make Men More Jealous Than Women

A new Roanoke College study finds a gender difference in Facebook jealousy when it comes to emoticon usage.

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Our Eyes Multi-Task Even When We Don’t Want Them to, Researchers Find

Our eyes are drawn to several dimensions of an object—such as color, texture, and luminance—even when we need to focus on only one of them, researchers at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania have found.

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The Cost of Dominance

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Utah researchers conducted four studies to gauge the health effects of the hostile-dominant personality style compared with the warm-dominant style. Their findings are bad news for aggressive power-seekers.

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Scientists Confirm Institute of Medicine Recommendation for Vitamin D Intake Was Miscalculated and Is Far Too Low

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Researchers are challenging the intake of vitamin D recommended by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine saying their Recommended Dietary Allowance for vitamin D underestimates the need by a factor of ten.

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Harder-to-Abuse OxyContin Doesn’t Stop Illicit Use

A reformulation of OxyContin that makes it less likely to be abused than the older formulation has curtailed the drug’s illicit use. But researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that a significant percentage still abuse the drug despite package labeling that emphasizes its abuse-deterrent properties.