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NYU Psychology Study Advances to Second Round of "STAT Madness" 2018


An NYU Department of Psychology study led by Professor Andrei Cimpian has advanced to the second round of STAT Madness 2018-a virtual tournament of science in which the public votes for which studies they like best in a bracketed format.

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An NYU Department of Psychology study led by Professor Andrei Cimpian has advanced to the second round of STAT Madness 2018—a virtual tournament of science in which the public votes for which studies they like best in a bracketed format.

The study, which showed that by the age of 6, girls become less likely than boys to associate brilliance with their own gender and are more likely to avoid activities said to require brilliance, received more votes than a study about eating disorders from the University of California, San Diego’s School of Medicine. The NYU study now faces a second study from the University of California, San Diego in the second round’s 32-study bracket.

STAT Madness was created by the STAT News organization, which is produced by Boston Globe Media and covers the health and medical fields. The second round of voting begins today, March 2, and concludes March 8 at 11:59 p.m. EST. A champion will be crowned after five rounds of voting, which concludes April 2. The bracket may be viewed and voted on here.

The Department of Psychology study focused on boys and girls aged 5 to 7. It included a series of experiments, including one that tested their interest in games that were described as for children who are “really, really smart.” The results showed no significant differences in interest in these games between 5-year-old boys and girls. However, at age 6, girls’ interest in the activities for smart children was lower than that for boys. The findings, which appeared in the journal Science, revealed how early gender stereotypes take hold and points to the potential of their life-long impact.

The first round of STAT Madness also included research from NYU College of Dentistry and NYU School of Medicine. Their study, which found a link between oral health and stomach cancer risk, was published in the Journal of Periodontology.

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