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Chapter 4 Lecture Notes (psych of gender)

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Chapter 4 Lecture Notes (psych of gender) PSY 216

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These are lecture notes from (9/20) on chapter 4 in your text book!
Psych of Gender
Dr. Heidi A. Hamann
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Psychology, Of, Gender, 216
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Date Created: 09/20/16
9/20 Ch. 4 Sex-related comparisons: Observations Maccoby and Jacklin’s (1974) Psychology of Sex Difference  First comprehensive review concluded that only four domains showed sex differences: o Verbal ability (girls); visual-spatial ability, mathematical ability, aggression (boys)  Issues with this review: a narrative review meaning one study could have had 100 participants and another having 50 participants but both being weighted the same  Summarizing the studies  Many problems with their review (Block, 1976) o Narrative review o Averaged across studies that varied widely in methodological rigor o Age bias; gender intensification (boys and girls go to their extremes toward their gender roles) during adolescence  Block’s review added some domains to list In the 1980s There was a New Way to Review Studies: META-ANALYSIS  Meta-analysis is a statistical tool that quantifies results of a group of studies  Both significance and size of the difference  Effect size, d statistic (Cohen, 1977), o (d statistic) Help us quantify how much the difference is  but doesn’t tell you the meaning of the difference o .2 = small effect, <1% variance o .5 = medium effect, <6% variance o .8 = large effect, <14% variance  Effect size doesn’t necessarily tell you how meaningful the difference is Advantages and Disadvantages to Meta-Analysis  Advantages o Considers size of effects so not all studies weighed similarly o Can examine influence of moderating variables  Disadvantages o Exclusionary criteria are subjective o File-drawer problem  When people do a study and they don’t find significant differences, and sometimes it doesn’t get published so it “metaphorically” gets put into a file drawer General Intelligence (Comprehensive Assessment)  Most recent studies show no significant differences between men and women o Potentially more variability among males (more likely represented at both high and low) Spatial Ability  Think and reason using mental images rather than words o Walking down the hall, playing video games, you don’t really realize it  Spatial visualization o Example: finding the simple shape in a complex one  When you play where’s waldo o Small gender difference; males score slightly higher (d= 0.19)  Spatial Perception o Example: matching one shape while ignoring “conflicting” information  Pilot, when they get trained to see what’s going on with the horizon  Favors males o Males moderately better overall (d=0.44), but… o Some studies show differences erased by training  If you train someone the overall effect size goes down o Rod and frame test- align a rod within these frames so that the rod is vertical  Spatial Ability o Mental rotation  Sculpting, understand how to rotate a sculpture to make it look a certain way  Mental rotation test (rotate an object to see if it’s the same as another object)  Mental rotation test_ are these two figures the same except for their orientation o See largest gender differences (d=.56) o Differences may be more related to speed than accuracy  Men use more holistic strategy and women compare certain features Other Sex Differences in Spatial Abilities  Men also excel in accuracy at hitting a target  Women outperform men on object location memory tasks (d= 0.23 – 0.27)  How might this affect direction-giving? o Women give more based on landmarks?  Object location o Men more likely to give based on distance and directional terms? Mathematical Ability  Sex differences in math in general population are small to zero and decreasing over time  However: o Math SAT scores still favor men (especially at upper levels) o Females receive better math grades in school o Males slightly more confident in math (d= 0.15) Verbal Performance Females somewhat better at verbal fluency (d= .33), but… Meta-analysis showed extremely small overall differences in overall verbal ability (d=.11) Emerging evidence favoring females in writing skills and reading abilities (d= .44) What does All this mean in Actual Life  More perception of differences than actual ones o And we know perceptions influence our behavior!  Some focus on impact of training to reduce differences  Too often, simple (non-researches based) “reverse engineering” justification made to connect disparities and abilities


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