• UI study highlights value of instructing men to focus on women’s nonverbal cues when gauging sexual interest

    October 21, 2016

    A new University of Iowa study shows that providing instruction and feedback to college-aged men can help them more accurately interpret nonverbal cues, such as body language and facial expressions, from their female peers when determining a woman’s current level of sexual interest.

    The study, “Effects of Gender, Rape-Supportive Attitudes and Explicit Instruction on Perception of Women’s Momentary Sexual Interest,” was published online Oct. 20 in the journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

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  • Marianne Rizk And Teresa Treat Study Women's Perceptions Of Food

    November 24, 2015 - 11:45am

    For most women, deciding if a food is healthy is much more about fat than sugar.

    In fact, University of Iowa researchers found that even when women know a food is high in sugar, they don’t rely much on that information to judge its relative healthiness. Overall, women in two studies relied more on their perception of a food's fat and fiber content than on its sugar and protein stats when deciding if a food was good for them.  

    That could spell trouble in the long term, researchers say, given the weight- and health-related problems associated with excessive sugar intake—namely, obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

    “‘Fat is bad, fat is bad, fat is bad’ is pervasive in our culture,” says Marianne Rizk, a graduate student in the psychological and brain sciences department at the UI and the first author of two studies that examine women’s perceptions of food healthiness and a third that looks at women's sensitivity to the portion size of unhealthy foods.

    “I wasn’t surprised that people would rely on the fat content in terms of the healthiness of a food—the more fat, the more unhealthy it is,” she says. “That seems to make sense. But that same reliance was not there for sugar.”

    Teresa Treat, an associate professor in the psychological and brain sciences department at the UI and co-author of the studies, says the results could be a response to an aggressive national nutritional campaign espousing the dangers of too much fat in one's diet.

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  • Clinical-Cognitive Science at APS!

    May 24, 2015

    Mariann Weierich, Blair Wisco, Melanie Dirks,  and Teresa Treat presented their work at APS in NYC.  Mariann presented on “Mapping daily affective experience in trauma-exposed adults," Blair presented on “The examined life: Self-reflection and clinical science,” Melanie presented on “Early adolescents’ aggressiveness moderates the associations between reported responses to peer provocation and peer victimization,” and Teresa presented on “Explicit instruction enhances the accuracy of undergraduates’ perceptions of women’s sexual-interest cues.”


  • NIAAA Funding

    May 1, 2015

    NIAAA has funded an R21 grant application entitled “Alcohol Effects on Men’s Visual Attention and Sensitivity to Sexual Interest Cues”. Andrew Hollingworth is a Co-PI, and Richard Viken is a Co-I.