Who Counts as Human? Factors Affecting Androcentric Choices

Marianne LaFrance (Yale Psychology)
Event time: 
Friday, December 2, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
LingSem (DOW 201) See map
370 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Androcentrism is a pervasive mind set that construes males and male experience as the standard for human behavior. Contextual factors and individual psychological differences may however make this penchant more or less likely. Two lines of work are described which test these possibilities. The first experiment asked male and female participants to select typical representations of humanity from a set of White and Black male and female photographed faces. The wording for the concept humanity was manipulated to be more or less masculine-generic. Participants, especially male participants, in the “mankind” condition were more likely to select a male as a “typical” member. In the “man or woman” condition, participants’ gender choices did not differ from chance. In other research involving highly trafficked social media websites, participants perceived apparently gender-neutral avatar icons as more male-typed than female-typed. In a follow-up study, upping the number of female-typed icons to equal the number of male-typed icons subsequently generated more androcentric responses from participants and especially from those who were politically conservative.

Event Type: 
Lunch Talks