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A Confirmatory Study about the Gender Differences in Psychological and Physiological Processes

Lederer, M.E. (2018) A Confirmatory Study about the Gender Differences in Psychological and Physiological Processes.

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Abstract:Currently there is a lack of studies based in real life settings, regarding gender differences in psychological and physiological processes. The novelty of the current study lies in its continuous measurements, of seven days in a row, of physiological as well as psychological response in real life settings. The aim of this study is to shed light on whether there are statistically significant differences in those processes of men and women. 38 participants were examined in an observational study. The wearable device E4 was used to measure the physiological process Electrodermal Activity (EDA). Psychological processes were measured with the application mQuest by which a survey about self-reported stress (SR-Stress) was conducted. For the analyses, the Mann-Whitney U test as well as the independent sample t-test were chosen. The current study found no statistically significant effect of gender on EDA or Stress. The current findings indicate that there are no differences between males and females regarding the examined physiological and psychological processes. Future research should focus on integrating a report of participants’ activities, to relate findings to real life events; moreover, follow-up measurements should be done to give more balanced results by correcting for temporary life stressors.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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