Low-cut dresses boost women’s job application chances, researcher tells body image conference

5059Wearing a low-cut dress in a job application photograph dramatically increases a woman’s chances of receiving an interview, new research has suggested.

A study due to be unveiled at a world-leading conference starting in London tomorrow (Tuesday June 28) showed female applicants were up to five times more successful in securing job interviews when pictured in revealing clothing rather than more conservative dress.

The research carried out in Paris found that women stood a much greater chance of earning job interviews for both sales and accounting roles.

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How We Explain Things Shapes What We Think Is Right

Roses and valentine

New research focuses on a fundamental human habit: When trying to explain something (why people give roses for Valentine’s Day, for example), we often focus on the traits of the thing itself (roses are pretty) and not its context (advertisers promote roses). In a new study, researchers found that people who tend to focus on “inherent traits” and ignore context also are more likely to assume that the patterns they see around them are good.

The findings are forthcoming in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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How make-up makes men admire but other women jealous

Dr Viktoria Mileva, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Stirling

Dr Viktoria Mileva, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Stirling

A psychology study by the University of Stirling has found that men think women with make-up on are more ‘prestigious’, while women think women who wear make-up are more ‘dominant’.

The research is the first to report on how males and females perceive women who wear make-up differently.

In her new study, published in the journal Perception, Dr Viktoria Mileva, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, finds that make-up changes perceptions of status depending on who is making the judgment – males or females.

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Prenatal exposure to paracetamol may increase autism spectrum symptoms

Round pills and pills bottle. Fire illustration.A new study has found that paracetamol (acetaminophen), which is used extensively during pregnancy, has a strong association with autism spectrum symptoms in boys and for both genders in relation to attention-related and hyperactivity symptoms.

The findings were published this week in the International Journal of Epidemiology. This is the first study of its kind to report an independent association between the use of this drug in pregnancy and autism spectrum symptoms in children. It is also the first study to report different effects on boys and girls. Comparing persistently to nonexposed children, the study has found an increase of 30 per cent in the risk of detriment to some attention functions, and an increase of two clinical symptoms of autism spectrum symptoms in boys.

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No identity: 1 in 5 Aboriginal births unregistered in western Australia

Nearly one in five Aboriginal children aged less than 16 years old in Western Australia had unregistered births according to new research that means thousands of Aboriginal children are likely to have no official identity.

Published today in The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, the finding, made by linking birth records from the WA Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to births recorded in the state’s Midwives Notification System, revealed that 4,628 Aboriginal births to Aboriginal mothers weren’t recorded in the Registry in the 16 years from 1996 to 2012.

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United States Parents Not as Happy as Those without Children, Baylor University Researcher Says

Conflict in a familyParents in the United States generally are not as happy as those who aren’t parents. Not only that, the U.S. has the largest “happiness gap” among parents compared to non-parents in 22 industrialized countries, according to a report by researchers at Baylor University, the University of Texas at Austin and Wake Forest University.

The report — prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families housed at the University of Texas at Austin — poses the question: “Why?”

The answer: The relative lack of workplace “packages’’ of policies such as paid sick time, paid vacation, flexible work hours and paid maternal or parental leave, said co-researcher Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology at Baylor University and formerly a researcher at Yale University’s Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course.

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Weight-loss technologies train the brain to resist temptation

DietAlert is a mobile app, used in conjunction with the Weight Watchers app, which alerts users when they are likely to lapse from their diet plans. CREDIT: Drexel's Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change

DietAlert is a mobile app, used in conjunction with the Weight Watchers app, which alerts users when they are likely to lapse from their diet plans. CREDIT: Drexel’s Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change

Can a computer game train your brain to resist sweets?

That’s the question Drexel University researchers hope to answer with one of two new studies launching this month. They have developed a computer game and smartphone app to help people control unhealthy eating habits and ultimately lose weight.

The game is designed to improve a person’s “inhibitory control,” the part of the brain that stops you from giving into unhealthy cravings — even when the smell of French fries is practically begging you to step inside a fast food restaurant.

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