Excerpt from Voactiv
Written by Allee Manning
On Halloween, the word ‘creepy’ most often refers to a colleague who took his bloody clown costume a little too far or the neighbors overly elaborate skeleton display. But what about the rest of the year?
A new study, published in New Ideas In Psychology, looked at creepiness indicators as ranked by over 1,300 individuals by profession, personal attributes, and forms of non-normative behavior were evaluated. Participants were selected to partake in the online survey through e-mails sent to students, faculty, and staff at a liberal arts college in the American Midwest and through the “Social Psychology Network” website. The final sample featured mostly women, and the average age of the participant was 29 years old.