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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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ScienceShot: Want to Feel Taller? Become the Boss
12 January 2012 11:00 am
French president Nicolas Sarkozy (right) is only 5'5'' (1.65 meters), but he might not even be aware of it (although his raised heels speak otherwise). That's because power makes people feel taller than they really are, according to a new study. Researchers asked 49 volunteers to write about a time when they were in a position where they held authority over others, while another 49 were told to write about being in a submissive position. Then the researchers had the participants create avatars for themselves in a video game. Those who had been primed to think of themselves as powerful made taller avatars, whereas the underlings made smaller ones, the researchers report in Psychological Science this month. This tendency for powerful people to think of themselves as physically large might provide an insight into why, in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill 2 years ago, BP executives repeatedly referred to the Gulf Coast victims as "small people," the authors suggest.
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