Poster Title (Current Submission)

Femininity and Masculinity: The New Status Characteristic?

Major(s)

Sociology

Minor(s)

Psychology

Mentor Name

Alison Bianchi

Mentor Department

Sociology

Presentation Date

March 2010

Abstract

I conducted a 3-condition social psychological experiment that examined the relation between gender displays/status and group influence. To motivate my hypotheses, I used status characteristics theory, a prominent theory in sociological social psychology that explains how group interaction is affected by social status. Subjects were 80 female undergraduates from The University of Iowa. I ran my study at The Center for the Study of Group Processes. Preliminary results show that for women, feminine displays create a loss in influence toward other group members, but masculine displays create no loss or gain of influence.

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Femininity and Masculinity: The New Status Characteristic?

I conducted a 3-condition social psychological experiment that examined the relation between gender displays/status and group influence. To motivate my hypotheses, I used status characteristics theory, a prominent theory in sociological social psychology that explains how group interaction is affected by social status. Subjects were 80 female undergraduates from The University of Iowa. I ran my study at The Center for the Study of Group Processes. Preliminary results show that for women, feminine displays create a loss in influence toward other group members, but masculine displays create no loss or gain of influence.