Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ah, Hollywood

Yes, it's a slow blogging week.

Eric Barker at Barking Up the Wrong Tree always has interesting links to fancy research papers. In the last 2 days, two papers caught my eye. The two papers looked at gender differences in romanticism. The first paper  directly asked the question "who is the most romantic"
Men were generally more romantic than women, and femininity was a stronger predictor of romanticism than was masculinity
The second paper was more targeted and looked at who says "I love you" first, and who feels better after hearing it. Once again,
Across 6 studies testing current and former romantic relationships, we found that although people think that women are the first to confess love and feel happier when they receive such confessions, it is actually men who confess love first and feel happier when receiving confessions
Of course, those things are prone to, for instance, to some kind of publication bias: the results sound "counterintuitive" or seem to oppose the "common wisdom". In any case, I thought that was fun. Also, some movies should look into that. Especially when Gerard Butler is in them.

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