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Attention Modifies Gender Differences in Face Recognition
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Gender differences favoring women have been found in face recognition, and in addition to this, it has been shown that women remember more female than male faces. This own-gender effect may be a result of women directing more attention towards female faces, resulting in a better memory. The aim of this study was to assess the role of attention for gender differences in face recognition and women’s own-gender bias by dividing attention at encoding of faces. Thirty-two participants completed two recognition conditions: one where faces at presentation were fully attended and one where a second task was performed simultaneously. Women remembered more female faces than men did when encoded under full attention. This difference disappeared when attention was divided. Less attentional resources might have hindered women from using their assumed expertise processing of faces.

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2007. , 26 p.
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Episodic memory, Gender differences, Attention
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-6946OAI: diva2:197348
Available from: 2007-06-25 Created: 2007-06-25Bibliographically approved

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