Student Research

Surface Texture Effects on Grounded Cognition and the Gendering of Faces

Grounded cognition dictates that, just as the mind can dictate bodily actions, so can motor systems impact cognition. Sensory feedback can likewise inform an individual's foundations for social categorization. The purpose of the present experiment is to investigate whether the tactile perception of surface texture will affect participant's categorization of gender neutral faces. We hypothesize that participants will categorize more gender neutral faces as being masculine when they are touching rough surfaces and feminine when they are touching smooth surfaces. Additionally, we hypothesize that participants will rate the attractiveness of the gender neutral faces in accordance to their own gender preference when touching surface textures that match with what is typically considered masculine or feminine.


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