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Title: Automatic Dehumanization Across Menstrual Cycle
Authors: Piccoli, Valentina
Carnaghi, Valentina
Foroni, Francesco
Hvastja Stefani, Loredana
Keywords: menstrual cycledehumanizationgroup processeslexical decision task
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Valentina Piccoli, Andrea Carnaghi, Francesco Foroni, Loredana Hvastja Stefani, "Automatic Dehumanization Across Menstrual Cycle" in: Paolo Bernardis, Carlo Fantoni, Walter Gerbino (eds.) "TSPC2014. Proceedings of the Trieste Symposium on Perception and Cognition, November 27-28", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2014, pp. 130-131.
In the current study we address the role of hormonal
fluctuations across menstrual cycle in female dehumanization
of women and men. Using a sequential priming procedure in a
lexical decision task, we test whether increased levels of
conception risk lead to dehumanization of other women and
men on both animal and human dimensions. Results showed
that for word woman as the prime, animal words were more
accessible in the high than in the low conception risk of the
menstrual cycle; whereas human words were more inhibited
in the high compared to the low conception risk. As for word
man prime, no difference in terms of accessibility was found
between the high and the low conception risk on both animaland
human-words. This study demonstrates that
dehumanization of women is automatically elicited by
menstrual cycle–related processes and associated with
women’s mate-attraction goals.
Type: Book Chapter
eISBN: 978-88-8303-610-1
Appears in Collections:TSPC2014: Proceedings of the Trieste Symposium on Perception and Cognition, November 27th-28th 2014

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