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Women Assimilate across Gender, Men Don’t: The Role of Gender to the Own-Anchor Effect in Age, Height and Weight Estimates
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Applied Social Psychology, ISSN 0021-9029, E-ISSN 1559-1816, Vol. 41, no 7, 1733-1748 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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his paper reports 2 studies of the own-anchor effect (i.e., assimilation in age, height, and weight estimates) in same- and cross-gender age, height, and weight estimates. The own-anchor effect is believed to be stronger for same-gender estimates, but the investigation reported here is the first to test this hypothesis with participants and target persons of both genders. Several own-anchor effects were found in females' same- and cross-gender estimates, whereas males only showed own-anchor effects in same-gender estimates. These results lean toward the possibility that women assimilate across gender, whereas men do not. Explanations of these results with reference to Krueger's (Krueger & Zeiger, 1993; Robbins & Krueger, 2005) theory of social projection and the consequences for witness reliability are discussed.

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2011. Vol. 41, no 7, 1733-1748 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-12910DOI: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00774.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-12910DiVA: diva2:382310
Available from: 2010-12-30 Created: 2010-12-30 Last updated: 2012-10-26Bibliographically approved

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