Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The childrens board game Mouse Trap served as a task in this experiment that was designed to study an interactive effect of gender and type of instructions used. Gender dyads operated in male-female, male-male, or female-female pairs and all dyads used either visual or verbal instructions. Male dyads were expected to have the game assembled in the least amount of time based on research that indicates that males are better problem solvers. The visual instructions were expected to produce faster completion of assembly for both genders, which is reminiscent of a picture being worth a thousand words. It was observed that the male-male dyads did have the fastest mean completion times, with both types of instructions. The visual instructions also produced shorter mean completion times for all dyad types.
BF1 .M63 v. 8 no. 1 2001
"How gender differences and the visual/verbal aspect of instructions affect problem solving,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 8
, Article 11.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol8/iss1/11