3.9 Review activity: Gender coding and expectations

In what ways do gender-based expectations influence judgements?

In a research study, 142 participants were given a hypothetical scenario in which a hurricane was moving towards their home, and a voluntary evacuation order had been issued. Participants were randomly assigned to two conditions. In one condition, the name of the hurricane was male-coded as “Christopher” and in the other condition, the name of the hurricane was female-coded as “Christina.” Otherwise, all other stimuli were equal.

The participants were asked to rate the severity of the hurricane on a 1-7 scale, with higher numbers indicating a more severe hurricane.

In this activity, we’ll explore the research question,

Does gender-coding of hurricane names affect people’s perception of severity?

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3.9: Gendered judgements
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