Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Choosing Extra Large Makes You Seem High-Status

People who were observed choosing large-size coffees, pizzas, and smoothies were rated by others as having higher status—an average of 4.98 on a 1-to-7 scale—than people who chose small sizes (3.03), according to an experiment led by David Dubois of HEC Paris. The research shows, moreover, that people who feel powerless tend to choose larger options than people who feel powerful, regardless of the items' price. The findings have implications for the high rate of obesity in developed countries, particularly among people with low socioeconomic status, the researchers say.

Read more in the Chicago Journal on JSTOR.

Why Women Aren’t C.E.O.s, According to Women Who Almost Were

"It’s not a pipeline problem. It’s about loneliness, competition and deeply rooted barriers." Read more in the NYT .