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Evaluating Gender Differences in Sound Perception

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Author: Megan Doyle

Grade Level: 9th to 12th; Type: Social Science

Objective:

This experiment will investigate whether there are certain sounds that affect men and women differently.

Research Question:

  • Which sounds affect men and women differently?

Do men and women experience varying physiological reactions to specific noises? This experiment evaluates this question by comparing test subjects’ reactions to different types of sounds.

Materials:

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Approximately 50 adult test subjects
  • Audio recorder
  • Source of selected noises

Experimental Procedure:

  1. Identify and record sounds that you think may affect men and women differently. Example noises could include a crying baby, a car horn, sound of an engine revving, a vacuum cleaner, etc.
  2. Create a questionnaires that asks participants to rate the effect that each sound has on them on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 means that the sound brings up very unpleasant emotions and 10 means that the sound incites pleasure.
  3. Find at least 25 men and 25 women test subjects.
  4. Ask your test subjects to rate each noise immediately after hearing it played.
  5. Separate the questionnaires taken by men from those taken by women. Evaluate the average response to each answer within each group. Are there certain sounds that received very different rankings by men compared to women? Can you come up with psychosocial reasons that might explain these differences?

Terms/Concepts: sound perception

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