Archive for 2010

People in Jobs Traditionally Held by the Other Sex Are Judged More Harshly for Mistakes

In these modern times, people can have jobs that weren't traditionally associated with their genders. Men are nurses; women are CEOs. A new study examines perceptions of people in high-powered jobs and finds that they're likely to be judged more harshly for mistakes if they're in a job that's not normally associated with their gender.... More>

Exposure to More Diverse Objects Speeds Word Learning in Tots

Two toddlers are learning the word “cup.” One sees three nearly identical cups; the other sees a tea cup, a sippy cup and a Styrofoam cup. Chances are, the second child will have a better sense of what a cup is and—according to a new University of Iowa study—may even have an advantage as he learns new words.... More>

Imitating Someone’s Accent Makes It Easier to Understand Them

In conversation, we often imitate each other’s speech style and may even change our accent to fit that of the person we're talking to. A recent study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that imitating someone who speaks with a regional or foreign accent may actually help you understand them better.... More>

Fear of Being Envied Makes People Behave Well Toward Others

It's nice to have success—but it can also make you worry that the jealous people will try to bring you down. New research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, has found that the fear of being the target of malicious envy makes people act more helpfully toward people who they think might be jealous of them.... More>

Walter Mischel Wins 2011 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology

Good things come to those who wait. A scientist who showed that willpower can be learned—and that it carries lifelong benefits—has won the 2011 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology.... More>