Presentation Title

The Effects of Gender and Facial Expressions on the Facilitation of Interactions among University Students

Location

House of Learning Library, 3rd floor

Start Date

18-3-2016 12:00 PM

End Date

18-3-2016 6:00 PM

Abstract

In the present study we ask the specific question: Does the gender and facial expression of a person affect the willingness of others to work with them in a University-level group project? We hypothesize that participants will be more willing to work with women than men and more willing to work with someone who is smiling over someone who is not. We also hypothesize a greater interaction effect for men who are smiling than for women who are smiling. We will use a 2x2 between-subjects experimental design. The experimental stimuli will consist of four pictures: one with a female smiling, one with a female with a neutral expression, one with a male smiling, and one with a male with a neutral expression. Each participant will be randomly assigned to view one of the four photos. Our dependent variable will be measured by a Likert scale questionnaire to determine the extent to which participants would be willing to work with the presented individual. Previous research, found that certain characteristics such as agreeableness and extroversion were positively correlated with friendship quality. This study will determine whether the same traits apply to willingness to work with someone on a University project. Studying first impressions is important because it helps us to understand and predict group dynamics and how people interact with each other. Ideally, this could lead to more effective interactions in a post-secondary or work setting.

Department

Psychology

Faculty Advisor

Jenni Karl

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 
Mar 18th, 12:00 PM Mar 18th, 6:00 PM

The Effects of Gender and Facial Expressions on the Facilitation of Interactions among University Students

House of Learning Library, 3rd floor

In the present study we ask the specific question: Does the gender and facial expression of a person affect the willingness of others to work with them in a University-level group project? We hypothesize that participants will be more willing to work with women than men and more willing to work with someone who is smiling over someone who is not. We also hypothesize a greater interaction effect for men who are smiling than for women who are smiling. We will use a 2x2 between-subjects experimental design. The experimental stimuli will consist of four pictures: one with a female smiling, one with a female with a neutral expression, one with a male smiling, and one with a male with a neutral expression. Each participant will be randomly assigned to view one of the four photos. Our dependent variable will be measured by a Likert scale questionnaire to determine the extent to which participants would be willing to work with the presented individual. Previous research, found that certain characteristics such as agreeableness and extroversion were positively correlated with friendship quality. This study will determine whether the same traits apply to willingness to work with someone on a University project. Studying first impressions is important because it helps us to understand and predict group dynamics and how people interact with each other. Ideally, this could lead to more effective interactions in a post-secondary or work setting.