Thursday, February 26, 2009

What is sexy

Here is a shocker for you. This is an excerpt from my Research Methods text.

"[Undergraduate] students at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, conducted a study under the direction of Sheila Brownlow in which they used a stimulus [independent variable] (Walter, Brownlow, Ervin, & Williamson, 1998). They asked 144 college students to judge various traits of women who walked barefoot and then whore high heels. The stimulus variable was whether the person being judge was barefoot or wore heels. The results shows that when the women wore heels, student participants judged them as less sexy and more submissive than when the were barefoot" (Smith and Davis, 2007).
Smith, R., & Davis, S. (2007). The psychologist as detective: An introduction to conducting research in psychology.Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

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