Eye-catching studies that didn’t make the final cut:
East Asians and Westerners responded differently to the news of the Swine Flu outbreak of 2009. A new study suggests this is because the greater historical threat of pathogens in the Asian region has led to a ‘culturally adapted’ behavioural response in that area [pdf].
Cordelia Fine, author of the widely publicised new book Delusions of Gender, also has a journal article out: From Scanner to Sound Bite: Issues in Interpreting and Reporting Sex Differences in the Brain.
Past research has shown that observers can accurately judge a person’s sexuality from their face within a fraction of a second. A new study suggests the judgment is made based on the gendered appearance of the face – for example a more feminine male face is more likely to be perceived as belonging to a homosexual man.