Poster or Presentation Title

The Effect of Gender on the Perception of Sexual Interest, Intelligence, Confidence, and Attraction

Location

Virtual | Room 3

Access Type

Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

7-4-2021 1:45 PM

End Date

7-4-2021 2:00 PM

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Gender can have influences on how one’s sexual interest, intelligence, confidence, and attractiveness are perceived by others. Previous research has indicated that individuals higher in hypermasculinity and hyperfemininity are more likely to perceive an act as sexual interest (Fisher & Walters, 2003), and that individuals rated high in facial attractiveness are perceived as being more kind and intelligent (Foos & Clarke, 2011). The purpose of this study was to expand on the existing knowledge of gender perception and examine the effect of gender personality on sexual interest, intelligence, confidence, and attraction based on neutral text conversations.The participants were asked to rate each actor on their attractiveness, sexual interest, intelligence, and confidence. We hypothesize that females will be perceived as more flirtatious and attractive by male raters. We also expect males will be perceived as more intelligent and confident by both female and male raters. This study also examined how gendered personality traits (i.e., masculinity, femininity) will affect these ratings. Participants completed the Bem sex-role inventory. We anticipate masculine individuals (regardless of gender identity) will rate female actors as more flirtatious than the male actors. We anticipate feminine individuals will rate male actors as more flirtatious than female actors. Androgynous individuals are not expected to demonstrate differences in the ratings of males and females. A two-way ANOVA will be used to interpret the results of this study.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Pepper Hanna

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Apr 7th, 1:45 PM Apr 7th, 2:00 PM

The Effect of Gender on the Perception of Sexual Interest, Intelligence, Confidence, and Attraction

Virtual | Room 3

Gender can have influences on how one’s sexual interest, intelligence, confidence, and attractiveness are perceived by others. Previous research has indicated that individuals higher in hypermasculinity and hyperfemininity are more likely to perceive an act as sexual interest (Fisher & Walters, 2003), and that individuals rated high in facial attractiveness are perceived as being more kind and intelligent (Foos & Clarke, 2011). The purpose of this study was to expand on the existing knowledge of gender perception and examine the effect of gender personality on sexual interest, intelligence, confidence, and attraction based on neutral text conversations.The participants were asked to rate each actor on their attractiveness, sexual interest, intelligence, and confidence. We hypothesize that females will be perceived as more flirtatious and attractive by male raters. We also expect males will be perceived as more intelligent and confident by both female and male raters. This study also examined how gendered personality traits (i.e., masculinity, femininity) will affect these ratings. Participants completed the Bem sex-role inventory. We anticipate masculine individuals (regardless of gender identity) will rate female actors as more flirtatious than the male actors. We anticipate feminine individuals will rate male actors as more flirtatious than female actors. Androgynous individuals are not expected to demonstrate differences in the ratings of males and females. A two-way ANOVA will be used to interpret the results of this study.