Stereotype threat can make female game players worse at gaming

first_imgWomen in the first group, who thought that the high scorers were almost all men, showed signs of experiencing stereotype threat. They reported less confidence in their abilities, greater anxiety before playing, and had significantly worse scores than those in the other groups.Importantly, these effects were strongest among the most experienced players. Stereotype threat caused greater anxiety about playing, and affected game scores the most, for women who were frequent online gamers. The impact was even greater still for those who strongly identified themselves with the label “gamer.”The authors of the study suggest that the phenomenon of stereotype threat may help to understand why women are less likely than men to describe themselves as gamers, even when they spend equal amounts of time playing games. Distancing themselves from the gamer identity may be a defense mechanism lessening the psychological impact of negative stereotypes against female gamers. The experiment also helps to show how these negative expectations can become self-fulfilling prophesies. Female video game players perform worse and feel worse about themselves when they are reminded of negative gender stereotypes, according to a study published in Computers in Human Behavior.Recent controversies have highlighted the pervasiveness of hostility and negative attitudes towards female gamers, who tend to be perceived as less competent players than male gamers, and as not fitting into the world of video gaming. A great deal of research in other domains, including education and work, has established the importance of a psychological phenomenon known as stereotype threat. When people who belong to a stereotyped group are put in a position in which they feel they are acting as a representative of that group, they tend to feel anxiety about the risk of confirming those negative stereotypes in others’ eyes. That anxiety can lead to worse performance which can ironically reinforce the same negative group stereotype.A team of researchers led by Lotte Vermeulen, of iMinds-MICT-Ghent University, conducted an experiment to study how female players are affected by stereotype threat in the context of online gaming. One hundred women were recruited online, and were randomly assigned to three groups. The women first played a practice round of a puzzle-platform game. After the first round, they viewed a list of high scorers for the game. One-third of the women saw a list that was dominated by male names and represented by male avatars. The second group of one-third saw a similar list dominated by female players. The list viewed by the final group contained gender-neutral names with no avatars. After viewing the list of current leaders, the women were instructed to play the game again with the goal of beating the high score. Share on Twitter Share LinkedIncenter_img Email Share on Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

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Prologis recasts €200m credit facility on European fund

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BOC announce profits

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New white paper on MAP

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Toshiba divulges plans for new hydrogen application centre

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Pfeiffer Vacuum opens facility in New Hampshire

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Picture of the day: Methane Rita Andrea at QCLNG

first_imgAt the end of last year, BG Group’s Queensland Curtis LNG project loaded its first LNG cargo aboard the 145,000 cbm Methane Rita Andrea.The loading marked a milestone event in the industry as this was the first LNG cargo produced from coal seam gas. This event also marked the start-up of QCLNG’s facility.The project will further expand with the start-up of QCLNG’s Train 2 in the third quarter of 2015 with full production capacity of 8 mtpa of LNG to be reached in 2016.[mappress mapid=”16665″]LNG World News Staff; Image: BG Grouplast_img read more

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Prime Hook Restoration Project Wrapped Up

first_imgState and federal officials are celebrating the successful completion of the $38 million restoration project at Delaware’s Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. It is being touted as the largest restoration project on the East Coast.Beginning in 2015, the federally funded project increased storm resiliency and remediated damage to the marsh from Superstorm Sandy in 2012.Specifically, the project aimed to restore over 4,000 acres of tidal marsh, improve tidal circulation and create valuable habitats for migratory birds and other wildlife.The project was also deemed essential to help protect the region from future storms and sea level rise.AMEC and marine subcontractor Dredge America used two Ellicott 460 Swinging Ladder dredgers for this project. The dredgers operated over 60 hours per week for two seasons – Spring 2015 and Summer 2016.In total, they created more than 30 miles of tidal channels and closed four shoreline breaches, both essential to improving natural tidal circulations in the marsh.Dredging restored this natural tidal water circulation and will enable salt marsh vegetation to return and flourish, improving the resilience against future storms and sea level rise, and provide habitat for birds and other wildlife.The dredging work has also established a constant saltwater flow throughout the marsh, which will help combat invasive Phragmites grasses.The project has been deemed “one of the most successful restoration projects in United States history,” by former DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara.[mappress mapid=”23238″]last_img read more

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Dockwise shares set for suspension

first_imgDutch marine services provider Royal Boskalis Westminster successfully acquired all outstanding common shares in Dockwise for an all-cash offer of EUR18.50 (USD24.94) per share cum dividend earlier in 2013. On April 24, 2013, the final remaining shares will be transitioned to Royal Boskalis Westminster ownership, with payment scheduled for April 26, 2013. www.dockwise.comwww.boskalis.comlast_img

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