By Age Six, Girls Tend to Link Brilliance With Boys

by Bidita Debnath on  January 28, 2017 at 11:22 PM Lifestyle News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

If your six-year-old daughter is shying away from playing smarter games, it may be because she may have begun to associate brilliance or intellectual ability with boys and less with her own gender, a notion that may also affect her choices of activity, claim researchers.
 By Age Six, Girls Tend to Link Brilliance With Boys
By Age Six, Girls Tend to Link Brilliance With Boys

The findings showed that as a result of early gender stereotypes girls as young as six-year-old are more likely to avoid activities said to require brilliance, creating life-long impact.

"Even though the stereotype equating brilliance with men doesn't match reality, it might nonetheless take a toll on girls' aspirations and on their eventual careers," said Andrei Cimpian, professor at the New York University (NYU).

"Our society tends to associate brilliance with men more than with women and this notion pushes women away from jobs that are perceived to require brilliance," Bian added. For the study, detailed in the journal Science, the team tested children ranging from five to seven years in a series of experiments.

In one experiment, the children heard a story about a person who was "really, really smart" and were then asked to guess which of four unfamiliar adults (two men, two women) was the story's protagonist. The results showed that girls aged 6 and 7 were significantly less likely than boys to associate brilliance with their gender.

Another experiment to assess whether these gender perceptions shaped children's interests, revealed that girls were significantly less interested than boys in the game for smart children, the researchers said.

Source: IANS

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Find a Doctor

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

News Category

News Archive

Loading...