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Student
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Olga Sergeeva
Gender Differences in Perception of Rational vs Intuitive Decision-Makers
Applied Social Psychology
(Master’s programme)
2017
Abstract

This paper gives insights about how people perceive males and females with intuitive or rational decision-making style. Study 1 observed people’s perception of decision-makers in the dimensions of morality, sociability, and competence. It was revealed that intuitively-thinking people are seen as more sociable, whereas rationally-thinking as more moral and somewhat more competent. Study 2 showed how people cooperate in Prisoner Dilemma game (Peysakhovich, Nowak, & Rand, 2014) with intuitive or rational males and females. Study 2 reports about no effect of gender or cognitive style of a co-player on people’s likelihood to cooperate. Moreover, gender or cognitive style of a participant also does not affect cooperation. In addition, both studies observed gender differences in cognitive processing and confirmed that men and women equally rely on rationality and intuition. Study 1 and Study 2 supported the Gender Similarities Hypothesis (Hyde, 2005) by demonstrating that people treat and cooperate with men and women in the same way.

Findings could be applied in the fields of interpersonal relations, self-presentation, and public image of speakers and leaders.

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