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Sweaty T-Shirt Experiment: Elizabeth
Published 3/11/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
Whereas the “disgust” activity was purely sight, the t-shirt activity gave important insight into how crucial the other senses can be in terms of attraction. Upon starting the activity, when taking the survey, I did not expect to ascertain any noticeable difference in attraction to certain smells. I mean, all boys have generally the same body odor, right? NOPE. Some of those boys need to take showers a bit more regularly, or figure out how to sweat less…maybe turn on a fan before going to sleep. There were several shirts that had definite negative smells, several with definite positive, and several with no smell at all, for me. While the positive smells smelled good, I found myself more drawn to the shirts that did not have much smell at all. I don’t know whether this is indicative of my “type” or what, but I think those shirts acted as a... read more ❯
Elizabeth's Reaction to the Disgust Study
Published 3/11/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
While the results of the activity might prove otherwise, I think it’s important to note that participants in the activity who have experience with anthropological studies might have had an idea of what might be coming. This could have skewed some results. My answers might say differently, I cannot remember how I rated each individual, but I know I tried to rate the individuals moderately even after seeing the photos of rashes and diseases. This may not have helped me to stay neutral, but I recall actively trying to push the photo of the previous rash out of my mind before rating whatever individual was on the screen each time. Maybe a point can be drawn from that though, that I was actively trying to ignore what would be considered an “unattractive” image in order to be unbiased concerning the next. This in itself is proof that the photos are... read more ❯
Sweaty T-Shirt Experiment: Madelyn
Published 3/11/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
In the film “The Science of Sex Appeal,” there was a segment discussion how throughout the women's minstrel cycle her preference for different smells changes. The hormones in the women’s body make her prefer one smell to another. In our class, we had all the males take a white t-shirt and then wear it for a certain amount of time. After they returned the t-shirt they placed the shirts in bags. Once they incubated for an allotted amount of time the women in the class came and smelled all the shirts. The women rated the shirts by giving it a positive, negative, or no effect and then the data will be processed. Since I do not have the results yet, I cannot tell you how this activity turned out. I am excited to see what the results say, and this is one of my favorite activities of the semester. read more ❯
Rebekah's Reaction to the Disgust Study
Published 3/7/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
I thought the disgust study was an interesting exercise. The first round, I had no clue what the study was about, because we were just looking at furniture and then random people. However, after the second round it started to make sense. I think I kept my ratings of the people about the same though. It was interesting to see how everyone rated it though. I was surprised at some of the ones that were rated more attractive by a large increase. I think the guys changed their opinions more than the girls did, especially when it came to other guys. Are we nicer to our own sex after we've been disgusted? I don't know, but I think many cool conclusions could be made from this study. In class we discussed how to make the study even more efficient, which is something I would not have thought about. We talked... read more ❯
Sweaty T-Shirt Experiment: Alejandra
Published 3/7/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
When I participated in this experiment, I had a predisposition to being disgusted. I think this happened because we heard the instructions given to the men (sleep with this t-shirt wearing no deodorant), and all I could think was: “Oh God, they are going to make us smell them”. And it is strange because we know the source of those t-shirts and have an idea of how attractive men in our class are, so I think it would have been better if we did not know these things. read more ❯
Alejandra's Reaction to the Disgust Study
Published 3/7/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
I think that this experiment is an effective way to see how people rate attractiveness differently after being disgusted; but I think that there are many factors that influenced us when we were rating the subjects, and that might have affected the results. An example of this is that all the subjects have different ethnicities; and since we do not know what the experiment is about, we might try to rate them in a way that we do not seem racist. The second time we rated the people, it was different, not only because of the disgust part, but because we were already familiar with the pictures, and we remember more or less our first impressions and how we rated them the first time. read more ❯
Danyon's Reaction to the Disgust study
Published 3/5/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
The disgust assignment allowed me zoom in and pay further attention to the way in which we think about/perceive things or people after exposure to different things. Being a guy, I really didn't think much of the whole disgust part of the activity as factors of that kind provide little factors in my perception of others. I pretty much rated the people the same way as I did before. However, it’s interesting to see how others respond in similar situations, noting that a few of the results changed drastically and surprisingly in my opinion. The biggest take away in the activity for me is that when we expose ourselves to certain things, we often tend to display it by finding comfort in other things that we thought were bad at first, but evidently not as bad as it could be. read more ❯
Jordan's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 3/5/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
This past weekend I went to Charleston, SC for a few days and stayed with some of my friends. I finally had the chance to go out to a bar called Midtown, located in the middle of downtown Charleston. For the first part of the assignment, observing a single person, I decided to go with a late-30s looking man. It would’ve been pretty hard to tell his age if he didn’t have normal aging wrinkles. This guy could only be described as looking like a classic college “bro”…15 years after he finished college. He had on a pale blue polo that was obnoxiously tight and light wash jeans. Nothing he was wearing should have been allowed. His general attitude suggested he thought he was the biggest deal in that room. He then proceeded to knock back drinks and hit on every single female that came with a bachelorette party. Now,... read more ❯
Caitlin's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/28/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
Test 1: Young man in the red shirt Subject is in class and is attentive.  Takes notes and seems to be listening to what the teacher is saying.  He is wearing a hat, which he takes off to scratch his head/fix his hair frequently. It is almost like a tick. He sniffles. This could mean he is sick or maybe getting over a sickness. His bouncing knee tells me he is restless. My best guess to explain his restlessness is that he cannot wait for this class to end. It is pretty early, so I don’t blame him.  He yawns and takes a big sip of black coffee which seems to wake him up enough to take another 2 lines of notes. Test 2: Group of people on the Blue Bus, total of 6 participants Everyone looks tired like they didn’t get enough sleep the night before.  All but one person is on... read more ❯
Benjamin's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/26/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
2/22/13; arrival at the Jupiter initiated at 10:50pm. Mimosa, a hiphop/dubstepdj is putting on a show tonight. The environment is seemingly dark except for the pulsing light show radiating from the dj’s throne. It’s smoky and I can already see the fog above the crowd in front of the stage. This setting is definitely a place where both guys and gals are looking for someone to bed down with if they haven’t a partner already. There are hipsters, frat guys in t-shirts, girls deceptively portraying a hipster aura in hopes of catching a real hipster guy and vice versa. There are sexy ladies prowling and my focal study would lack its true potential if a hands-on approach wasn’t explored in this setting, therefore I decided to head to the dance floor. My focal sampling individual is very physically attractive. I’ve danced with her before; however it was some time ago at... read more ❯

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