New Papers on Health Apps and Misogynistic Humor

In addition to our regular teaching and research duties, we have been serving as faculty editor of the Undergraduate Research Journal (URJ) at our home institution, the University of Central Florida (UCF). (By the way, the URJ is not only an interdisciplinary publication; it is also a peer-reviewed journal. Submissions are reviewed by at least two members of the UCF faculty, or in some cases, by external faculty. Here is a summary of some works the URJ published last fall.) Recently, we published research essays by Naomi Ringer and Natasha Vashist. For her part, Ms Ringer wrote up an informative literature review titled “The Use of Mobile Applications in Preventative Care and Health-Related Conditions,” UCF URJ, 8:1 (Feb., 2016), pp. 12-23. Ms Ringer’s meta-research is very timely, given the proliferation of health apps for smart phones and the popularity of wearable technologies like Fitbit. We especially recommend Table 1 on pp. 18-21 of her paper for an overview of this growing literature. By contrast, Ms Vashist conducted a large-scale study to measure millenials’ reactions to misogynistic humor (n = 1096 !!!). Her paper — aptly titled “The Effect of Misogynistic Humor on Millenials’ Perception of Women,” UCF URJ, 8:1 (Feb., 2016), pp. 24-40, — found a surprising and important result. Oversimplifying a bit and setting aside all the usual statistical qualifications, college students are just not that sexist!

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