Latest Stereotype Stories

Cultural Stereotypes May Come From Sharing Social Information
2014-07-29 03:49:30

Association for Psychological Science Millenials are narcissistic, scientists are geeky, and men like sports — or so cultural stereotypes would have us believe. Regardless of whether we believe them to be true, we all have extensive knowledge of cultural stereotypes. But how does this information become associated with certain groups in the first place? Research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that cultural...

trophy wife stereotype
2014-06-18 11:12:15

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We've all seen the outwardly-appearing successful man with a pretty piece of arm candy standing by his side. The trophy wife, that stunningly attractive female who trades her natural aesthetics for a life of comfort and leisure, is perceived to occur on more than just a semi-regular basis. However, a new study out of Notre Dame explains how, in this case, perception hasn't necessarily become reality. The stereotype of the trophy...

2013-11-21 11:51:09

For Thanksgiving: New research on dieting challenges and more in our journals From how we think ourselves into eating more to how male dominant behavior affects woman's math performance, check out new research in our journals this month. Thinking ourselves into eating more "Think before you act" is sage advice for dieters, especially when considering grabbing that holiday cookie, right? A new analysis of 50 studies finds that thinking before you eat can actually undermine your...

2013-11-12 12:04:40

News stories about sexually exploited youth in Canada perpetuate unhelpful stereotypes, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. The study, recently published in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, found that stories seldom focus on perpetrators, do not capture the diversity of victims, and use words that legitimize the illegal act of sexual exploitation committed against youth. "Our research shows that news reports commonly use words that portray...

2013-07-01 19:09:55

Scientists show that attributing every forgetful moment to getting older can actually worsen memory problems -- and reveal a surprising twist that can improve performance Of the many negative stereotypes that exist about older adults, the most common is that they are forgetful, senile and prone to so-called "senior moments." In fact, while cognitive processes do decline with age, simply reminding older adults about ageist ideas actually exacerbates their memory problems, reveals important...

2013-02-12 10:44:56

Negative stereotypes about boys may hinder their achievement, while assuring them that girls and boys are equally academic may help them achieve. From a very young age, children think boys are academically inferior to girls, and they believe adults think so, too. Even at these very young ages, boys' performance on an academic task is affected by messages that suggest that girls will do better than they will. Those are the conclusions of new research published in the journal Child...

2012-09-05 20:55:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers said at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen that stereotypes evolve like languages. A team at the University of Aberdeen designed an experiment using aliens, which is a similar approach used to study the origins and evolution of language. The aliens invented by the team had different colors, shapes and sets of personality traits, such as arrogance, pushiness or selfishness. The researchers then asked a...

2012-08-20 15:40:35

A new study led by the University of Cincinnati examines stereotypes of immigrants from four global regions and measures opinions of the impact of immigration on U.S. society. The researchers say their findings provide the most solid evidence yet that perceptions of the characteristics of Latin American immigrants in particular are strongly linked to beliefs about the impact of immigration, especially on unemployment, schools, and crime. The research will be presented at the 107th Annual...

Word of the Day
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).