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Graphing the order of the sexes: Constructing, recalling, interpreting, and putting the self in gender difference graphs

Hegarty, PJ, Lemieux, A and McQueen, G (2010) Graphing the order of the sexes: Constructing, recalling, interpreting, and putting the self in gender difference graphs Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98 (3). 375 - 391. ISSN 0022-3514

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Abstract

Graphs seem to connote facts more than words or tables do. Consequently, they seem unlikely places to spot implicit sexism at work. Yet, in 6 studies (N _ 741), women and men constructed (Study 1) and recalled (Study 2) gender difference graphs with men’s data first, and graphed powerful groups (Study 3) and individuals (Study 4) ahead of weaker ones. Participants who interpreted graph order as evidence of author “bias” inferred that the author graphed his or her own gender group first (Study 5). Women’s, but not men’s, preferences to graph men first were mitigated when participants graphed a difference between themselves and an opposite-sex friend prior to graphing gender differences (Study 6). Graph production and comprehension are affected by beliefs and suppositions about the groups represented in graphs to a greater degree than cognitive models of graph comprehension or realist models of scientific thinking have yet acknowledged

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Additional Information: This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA Journal. It is not the copy record". This final version is available at: http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/psp/98/3/375/
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2012 12:32
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:57
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/72255

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