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Experiment 210 - Disabilities

Year: 
2007
Researcher(s): 
Cassie Latham, Alisha Rinehart, Jessica Short, Ashley Hinkle
Institution: 
Ohio Northern University
Discipline: 
Psychology

The present study examined whether college students’ ratings of a female’s attractiveness and perceived intelligence would vary with the presence of a disability and if they were only verbally informed of the disability or given a photograph of a disabled female. It was hypothesized that the disability would impact attractiveness and intelligence ratings, and that being visually aware of the disability would have the strongest impact. Specifically, 87 undergraduates participated in a 2 X 2 between subjects design where disability (disabled or nondisabled) and awareness (verbally or visually aware) served as the independent variables. The dependent variables were the ratings of her attractiveness and perceived intelligence. Contrary to what was hypothesized, the results revealed no significant main effects or interactions. Thus, neither the presence of a disability nor being made visually aware of the disability’s presence had any impact on how participants rated attractiveness and intelligence.

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