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The Influence of Speaker Gender on Memory Recall of the Speaker’s Monologue

dc.contributor.advisorDr. Sarah Brown-Schmidt
dc.contributor.authorAggarwal, Jasmine
dc.descriptionThe purpose of this study was to test whether a speaker’s gender affects the listener’s memory of what the speaker said. Experiment one study tested 97 participants on Sona for class credit. Participants heard one of four monologues with gender neutral content. One feminine voice recorded two of the monologues, while one masculine voice recorded the other two. The participant answered a New/Old Questionnaire containing gender-neutral memory probes from the monologues. If the participant heard the statements in the monologue, then the participant was instructed to answer “old” for those statements and “new” for statements not previously heard. We hypothesized that memory will be better for the memory probes that were said by the male speaker compared to the female speaker despite the gender-neutral content in the monologues. Such findings would imply that the perceived gender of a speaker can influence the listener’s memory of the speaker’s content. Specifically, these results would support the conclusion that people tend to remember things that men say more than things that women say even when those things are the same and gender neutral.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciencesen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectgender and memory
dc.subjectgender and language
dc.subject.lcshCognitive psychology
dc.titleThe Influence of Speaker Gender on Memory Recall of the Speaker’s Monologueen_US

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