Examining Gender Differences

Posted June 24th, 2010 at 12:53 pm.

Abstract: Alexis Egan
Mentor: Dr. Thapar
The current study will investigate gender differences in general knowledge. The study will attempt to replicate research performed by Lynn and colleagues in Europe. These studies have shown that gender differences exist in certain domains of general knowledge and the current study will be further investigating these results. Some of the domains to be investigated include: nutrition, history, sports, games, finances and science. The current hypothesis on why these gender differences exist postulates that men are more competitive than women and that this competitiveness subsequently is reflected in their interest areas. The experiment will incorporate Sternberg’s Triarchic Theory of intelligence which suggests the existence of three types of intelligence: analytical, practical and creative. The current study will attempt to replicate Lynn’s findings with an American college-aged sample and investigate the role of competition as a cause of this gender difference.

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