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The Grapefruit Race: Demonstrating the Influence of Competition on Gender Differences in Intimacy
Teaching of psychology
We present an interactive demonstration of factors that mitigate gender differences. Male and female volunteers pass a grapefruit from one classmate to the next using only their chins. The speed of task completion depends on its framing; when the volunteers believe the task is an exercise, women tend to be faster than men, whereas the opposite effect emerges when the task is framed as a competition. Student observers rated the demonstration positively and indicated positive learning outcomesdoi:10.1080/00986280701818474 fatcat:7ohkf3jbpnajzkoncuzj4ci33m