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ERIC Number: ED131385
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 9
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Sex Role Stereotypes of Cognitive Task Performance.
McMahan, Ian D.
Two studies of perceived sex differences in performance on cognitive tasks are reported. In Study 1, college students (N=256) rated 34 different cognitive tasks on the degree to which they believed males or females would tend to perform better on such a task. In Study 2, college students (N=58) sorted the same 34 tasks according to how well they believed males, females, and they themselves would tend to perform. The results of the two studies were quite consistent: Males are perceived as performing better on mathematical, mechanical, and spatial tasks, and females are perceived as performing better on verbal tasks. From the Study 2 data, a scale of task difficulty for males and females was derived, and some uses of this scale in future research are suggested. (Author)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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