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Title: Female Confidence Levels: Does the Sex of an Opponent Affect a Female’s Confidence?
Authors: Harrity, Todd
Advisors: Osherson, Daniel
Contributors: Conway, Andrew
Department: Psychology
Class Year: 2013
Abstract: A large body of literature substantiates sex differences in confidence, and generally finds that females display lower confidence than males. This study addresses a new angle to sex differences in confidence that previous literature has overlooked: do females’ confidence levels fluctuate in a competition scenario depending on the sex of an opponent? Fifty-two female undergraduates participated in this experiment in which they competed in games that involved athletic coordination. In one condition, participants competed against a female confederate, while in another condition they competed against a male confederate. Contrary to the hypothesis, the results of this study reveal that the sex of the confederate had no effect on the participants’ confidence levels.
Extent: 54 pages
Access Restrictions: Walk-in Access. This thesis can only be viewed on computer terminals at the Mudd Manuscript Library.
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Psychology, 1930-2016

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