Research Study on Gender Differences

1272 WordsApr 9, 20056 Pages
Non-verbal communication is defined as communication without words. (Devito, 116) Throughout your interpersonal interactions, your face communicates many things, especially your emotions. (Devito, 125) Women are stereotyped in today's society as to being more emotional than men in emotional settings. Not in all instances is this true, however, men feel they need to set a strong, domineering, display of their emotions and the way they react towards certain emotional situations. Gender display rules are a set of rules that usually either male or female follow in order to fit their specific gender script in society. It is stated in the textbook that women talk more about feelings and emotions and use communication for emotional expression…show more content…
The results of the participants' ratings presented that there was no difference between females and males on the way they rated the unpleasantness of the stimuli. The study proved that females show a larger amount of facial muscle reaction than males to fear-relevant situations, however, there was no difference between the genders with the ratings of unpleasantness. The results of this study prove that females are more facially reactive than males. However, this study does not prove the second hypothesis, which states that females are more emotional in general. (Thunberg &Dimberg) Part two of the textbook teaches about messages, which are spoken and unspoken. It covers in depth about non-verbal communication and non-verbal messages. The article I chose to summarize falls into a few different categories which the book emphasizes on. There is a lot of information about how females and males are supposed to act in society, which falls under the term Gender display rules. Due to the fact this research article is about differences in facial reactions between male and females, it falls under two main categories of part two of the textbook, which include facial messages, and gender display rules. There are also other aspects that this article can relate to the textbook material such as: Non-verbal messages, gender stereotypes, non-verbal communication,
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