Gettysburg College psychology profs featured in the media

Two Gettysburg College psychology profs were recently featured in media articles.

Richard Russell, assistant professor of psychology, was quoted in a New York Times article about the correlation between makeup use and trustworthiness that appeared in the October 13 edition.

From the NY Times:

The participants judged women made up in varying intensities of luminance contrast (fancy words for how much eyes and lips stand out compared with skin) as more competent than barefaced women, whether they had a quick glance or a longer inspection.

"I'm a little surprised that the relationship held for even the glamour look," said Richard Russell, an assistant professor of psychology at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa. "If I call to mind a heavily competent woman like, say, Hillary Clinton, I don't think of a lot of makeup. Then again, she's often onstage so for all I know she is wearing a lot."

Read the full article here.

Psychology Prof. Brian MeierBrian Meier, associate professor of psychology, had his research featured in Medical News Today. The article focused on Meier's project with North Dakota State researchers that asserts that people with sweeter taste preferences tend to also have sweeter personalities.

From MNT:

Co-author, Brian Meier, PhD, wrote, "Taste is something we experience every day. Our research examined whether metaphors for taste preferences and experiences can be used to shed light on personality traits and behavior."

In their study, the researchers found that volunteers who opted for sweet food (a piece of Dove's chocolate) compared with non-sweet food (a cracker) or no food were more likely to volunteer helping another person in need. The study also revealed that people's general conception is that people who like sweet food like candy or chocolate cake are also more agreeable or helpful.

Read the full article here.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Nikki Rhoads, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

 

Posted: Mon, 17 Oct 2011

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