Degree Year

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Psychology

Advisor(s)

Paul Thibodeau

Committee Member(s)

Nancy Darling
Patty deWinstanley

Keywords

Power dynamics, Conversational dominance, Gender differences

Abstract

Previous studies have found that men exhibit more “dominance behaviors” (talking longer, interrupting more often) in conversation (Mast, 2002). Much of this work, however, has been conducted with conversation partners who are unfamiliar to each other. Our goal was to test whether the same pattern would emerge in conversations between friends. One possibility is that males are more dominant in conversation in general – both when talking to friends and strangers. A second possibility is that males are only more dominant in conversation when talking with strangers, which is what we predicted. Support for the second possibility would suggest that people are more likely to defer to social norms (in this case that men are more dominant) in contexts where information is more limited.

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