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Gendered Beliefs May Make People Assume Sexual Consent

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The sexual double standard (SDS) is a belief that access to sexuality varies by gender. According to SDS, women are expected to be passive “gatekeepers” of sexual activity; men the “initiators.” Women are socially punished for having sex; men are rewarded. In a set of two experiments, Dr. Yuliana Zaikman examined how these gendered stereotypes might influence the way people think about sexual consent.

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI December 22, 2017

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Our final roundup of the year. We hope everyone has a healthy, happy, winter break. We will return in 2018. 

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In Case You Missed it March 17 2017

In Case You Missed it

3.17.2017

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Addressing Pervasive Biases in Academia

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The current requirements for diversity training at universities fall short of addressing the pervasive gender, racial, and ethnic biases in academia.

Explanatory Journalism and the Intellectual Abyss

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By Dave Nussbaum

Psychology figured prominently in last week’s launch of the much-anticipated Vox.com website. Their goal is to help people understand the news, an approach that’s picked up the title “explanatory journalism”:

Even Fact Will Not Change First Impressions

Austin -- Knowledge is power, yet new research suggests that a person’s appearance alone can trump knowledge. First impressions are so powerful that they can override what we are told about people. A new study found that even when told whether a person was gay or straight, participants generally identified the person's sexual orientation based on how they looked – even if it contradicted the facts presented to them.

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