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Explaining sex differences in infants’ preferences for groups

Explaining sex differences in infants’ preferences for groups
Explaining sex differences in infants’ preferences for groups
Social organization of a species influences myriad facets of individuals’ behavior. Much research indicates that human social organization consists of males in large groups and females in smaller groups or interacting with individuals. This study analyzed the initial factors that produce greater preferences for groups by human male versus female infants. To this end, using a looking preference paradigm, fifty-nine 6–8-month-old infants viewed individual versus group images of actual children. On the basis of several controls, results demonstrated that male more than female infants are attracted to the complex level of stimulation provided by groups. Discussion centers on further identifying male versus female patterns of group interaction from a perceptual and cognitive standpoint.
social structure, groups, sex differences, activity level
0163-6383
587-595
Benenson, Joyce
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Markovits, Henry
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Muller, Ingrid
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Challen, Andrew
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Benenson, Joyce
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Markovits, Henry
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Muller, Ingrid
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Benenson, Joyce, Markovits, Henry, Muller, Ingrid and Challen, Andrew (2007) Explaining sex differences in infants’ preferences for groups. Infant Behavior and Development, 30 (4), 587-595. (doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2007.03.010). (PMID:17399792)

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Social organization of a species influences myriad facets of individuals’ behavior. Much research indicates that human social organization consists of males in large groups and females in smaller groups or interacting with individuals. This study analyzed the initial factors that produce greater preferences for groups by human male versus female infants. To this end, using a looking preference paradigm, fifty-nine 6–8-month-old infants viewed individual versus group images of actual children. On the basis of several controls, results demonstrated that male more than female infants are attracted to the complex level of stimulation provided by groups. Discussion centers on further identifying male versus female patterns of group interaction from a perceptual and cognitive standpoint.

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Published date: December 2007
Keywords: social structure, groups, sex differences, activity level
Organisations: Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 357406
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/357406
ISSN: 0163-6383
PURE UUID: ce8cbc5a-50d7-428d-a925-be89678c1d94

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Date deposited: 25 Sep 2013 09:18
Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 21:22

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Author: Joyce Benenson
Author: Henry Markovits
Author: Ingrid Muller
Author: Andrew Challen

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