Academia

Academic Round-Up: Art students are lazy, and fat men think they’re hot

OK, OK, it’s not quite that straightforward. But the point of a headline is to mislead you into wanting to read an article, right? 😉

Which personalities choose which academic majors?

Several studies have been done on personality differences in academic choices, but as far as I’m aware this is the first literature review. Ana Vedel from Aarhus University examined twelve studies with an overall sample size of over 13,000 participants. Vedel looked at the Big Five personality traits (openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism) and correlated these data with the subjects people chose to study at university.

 © Angiejgray
© Angiejgray

The results demonstrated the following:

  • arts and humanities majors scored highly on neuroticism and openness to experience
  • political science students scored highly on openness
  • economics, law, political science, and medicine students scored highly on extraversion
  • medicine, psychology, arts, humanities, and sciences students scored highly on agreeableness
  • arts and humanities students got low scores in conscientiousness

Read the full study here

Can you be fat and think you’re hot? Depends on your gender.

A new study from the universities of California and Vermont releases results that will come as a surprise to no one who’s ever been approached by an arrogant, unattractive man who refuses to believe you’re not into him.

Researchers tested whether people expected to be rejected based on whether or not others would be able to see their weight.

 © Tiffany Bailey
© Tiffany Bailey

With women, there was a significant difference: ladies with a higher BMI anticipated rejection, whereas thin women expected to be accepted.

With men, there was no difference in whether they thought people would accept or reject them, regardless of whether people could see their weight or not.

It’s almost as if we live in a society where women are expected to conform to a certain body standard, or something…

Read the full study here

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