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ERIC Number: EJ784811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
The Grapefruit Race: Demonstrating the Influence of Competition on Gender Differences in Intimacy
Hebl, Mikki R.; King, Eden B.; McGuire, Julie; Turchin, Melissa
Teaching of Psychology, v35 n1 p18-21 Jan 2008
We present an interactive demonstration of factors that mitigate gender differences. Male and female volunteers pass a grapefruit from one classmate to the next using only their chins. The speed of task completion depends on its framing; when the volunteers believe the task is an exercise, women tend to be faster than men, whereas the opposite effect emerges when the task is framed as a competition. Student observers rated the demonstration positively and indicated positive learning outcomes regarding the context-dependent nature of gender differences in comfort with same-sex intimacy. This article offers an effective demonstration of gender differences in intimate behavior and illustrates a situation in which gender differences can be malleable.
Lawrence Erlbaum. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A