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Comparisons of Male and Female Student Aspirants to a Scientific Career

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Perceptions of ideal potential researchers are analyzed through patterns of advice given to four fictitious students. These students were directed toward a social or physical science major by 1,006 American social and physical science graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Results suggest some kinds of distinction made between the women and men science students, but these distinctions made by male and female were not as strong as has been believed and did not concern all types of talent. Patterns of advice given to non-prime types varied by sex, and the sex of the advice recipient interacted with the cognitive type. Differing views of science and scientists by college-age men and women holds the potential for conflict by producing a cognitive mismatch of men and women aspiring to scientific careers.


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