ERIC Number: ED143962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Causal Explanations for the Behavior of Women and Men: Two Different Schema?
Hansen, Ranald D.; O'Leary, Virginia E.
In order to explore the hypothesis that sex-linked biases in causal attributions, widely shared by female and male perceivers, may derive in part from the perceiver's naive sex-linked expectations regarding the potential impact of causal forces on women's and men's behavior, three experiments were carried out. The first experiment was conducted to test the hypothesis that such attributional tendencies may derive from divergent, naive expectations regarding the source of the greatest variance in men's and women's behavior. The second experiment was conducted to test the possibility that these divergent naive expectations regarding the behavior of women and men may translate into attributional biases. The third study was conducted to explore the impact of the perceiver's naive variance expectations on his desire for information upon which to base causal attributions. (Author/SPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (May 5-7, 1977, Chicago, Illinois)