Writing about scientific research doesn't have to be all big words and complicated concepts. As a writer, the way you tackle the subject can make it more engaging and interesting if you unleash your storytelling skills, thoughtful explanations, and excellent word choice. Or you can get lucky and get a fun, accessible topic, like I did when I got this assignment from Match.com.

By Margot Carmichael Lester

You may pride yourself on being awesome, but new research shows that if you’re attracted to someone with unflattering qualities, you may start having them, too. What?!

Think about it: When you’re seeing someone who’s a sloppy dresser, don’t you find yourself opting out of wearing fancy attire when you’re going somewhere together (and maybe even a few times when you’re not)? I was always compulsively on time everywhere I went until I became interested a man who was new to my group of friends. He was constantly tardy — and once I started digging him, friends noticed that I began arriving uncharacteristically late, too. (Whoops!)

Participants in a recent psychological study adopted the other person’s mildly to moderately negative traits, like turning into a klutz or being disorganized — and interestingly, they only did so when they felt the object of their desire wouldn’t have a problem with it. But what exactly is the takeaway lesson here? Let’s take a closer look at the study’s results to find out. Continue reading