The journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin is about to publish a series of research projects … that suggest that when college-age women think about romance, they become less interested in studying STEM fields. College-age men, however, can get interested in romance without any impact on their engagement with math and science.
The research, conducted by Lora Park at the State University of New York at Buffalo, may offer insight into the gender gap in STEM fields.
Another area of research she is pursuing may or may not be helpful to her efforts, Park said. Since the assumptions of many women appear to be that men find female STEM success unattractive, she hopes to find out whether this is in fact the case.
I’ll stay tuned for that. From personal experience, I know some men find STEM success very attractive.