Thank god it is the final blog. For the past 6 months I have been stressing about what to write about seriously how much can someone write about stats? I hate stats it terrifies me I find it so difficult to get my head round as soon as I see numbers and letters pretending to be numbers my brain just freezes. Its takes me all week to motivate myself to try and start the blog and then it takes me hours to actually write something. Within them hours I have stressed myself out, got annoyed with myself and cried all before I started writing the title. Maths has always scared me I don’t get numbers; I would rather sit at the back of the class messing around being the class clown rather than look stupid in front of my class mates. Even with the seminars now I have stopped going because all I do is sit in the background trying to get my head around the question but even before my brain has even tried to figure out what the question is asking me someone has already answered it so I stay at home using my books and the internet to see if I can get my head around it and get the answer myself which I probably would get wrong but I feel a little bit better that I’m giving it ago at least. I feel stupid when I try and ask someone for help because they give me that look like you seriously don’t know this are you that stupid, then when they explain it to me they don’t explain it in a way my head can figure it out so I just agree with them because I hate the thought of them thinking this girl is thick. This especially goes through my head when I’m writing comments I’m worried of what people are going to think about what I’ve put especially if it’s wrong. I’ll stop now because I’ve probably bored you to death with my rant but I am very happy these blogs are over. But next time someone you feel looks ‘stupid’ or ‘slow’ just think they may be struggling and just need that little extra help.
Archive for March, 2012
Is gender bias still an issue in psychological research today? And does this research only really tell us about male behaviour? Simone de Beauvoir (1949) stated the, ‘Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with the truth’.
Hare-Mustin and Maracek suggested two ways in which gender bias can formulate in psychological studies, Alpha Bias and Beta Bias.
Alpha bias is the tendency to assume that there were real and permanent differences between males and females. Freud’s research into psychosexual development is a strong example of alpha bias in psychology because he viewed females as being inferior and jealous of their male counterparts.
Alternatively, Beta bias is the tendency to minimise the differences between males and females and assuming that females are similar to males in all aspects. Kohlberg’s research into moral reasoning is an example of beta bias because he assumed that the results he obtained from questioning men about moral dilemmas would apply to women.
As most studies are conducted by men, and most participants are male too, it can be difficult to completely remove all forms of gender bias from a study. Sampling may be biased, as in Zimbardo’s and Milgram’s studies, which then leads to generalizing results from all male research to women. Also, gender biased hypotheses may encourage stereotypical beliefs about gender differences between males and females and promote inaccurate beliefs about female behaviour.
All in all, I believe that gender bias is still an issue in some aspects, but with the development of science and the way we conduct our research now, it has become less of an issue than it was in the past. With more and more female psychologists now conducting their own studies and the issue of gender bias being more apparent, I believe that gender bias towards males will eventually be subdued with time.
Thank you for reading 😀