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PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTANCE, ATTRACTION, AND INTELLECT, AND WHY WE CARE

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They used to say men don't make passes at girls who wear glasses, but that was a long time ago before we became enlightened and all gender neutral. Or..was it?

According to a recent study, men are less attracted to women who are smarter than they are, at least when the women are psychologically close by. They apparently feel differently about women who are more out of reach.

So what does this mean for relationships today? And what does that say about our culture, our society, and our progress in interpersonal relationships?

Lora Park, associate professor of psychology and coauthor of the study, has made it her business to study how such personal aspects of individuals can shape their lives. She has researched self-worth, how power is experienced and perceived in others, and in one study funded by the National Science Foundation, she looks at how romantic goals affect women's interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Join us as we discuss her latest research and what it means for us.

 

 

 

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