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Interacting with women can impair men's cognitive functioning

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Karremans, Johan C.; Verwijmeren, Thijs; Pronk, Tila M.; Reitsma, Meyke

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Abstract The present research tested the prediction that mixed-sex interactions may temporarily impair cognitive functioning. Two studies, in which participants interacted either with a same-sex or opposite-sex other, demonstrated that men's (but not women's) cognitive performance declined following a mixed-sex encounter. In line with our theoretical reasoning, this effect occurred more strongly to the extent that the opposite-sex other was perceived as more attractive (Study 1), and to the extent that participants reported higher levels of impression management motivation (Study 2). Implications for the general role of interpersonal processes in cognitive functioning, and some practical implications, are discussed.
Classification Social Psychology; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Free Keywords cognitive functioning; mixed-sex interaction; self-regulation; impression management; self-presentation; gender differences
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 1041-1044
Journal Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45 (2009) 4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2009.05.004
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)