On Saturday March 18th, as part of the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival, the GDRC held a one-day workshop open to the public. Children were invited to take part in a ten minute video activity, and researchers were on hand to chat to adults about the Centre's research.
The video showed three boys and three girls each choosing between eight pairs of neutral items (e.g. an apple and a banana, a scarf and gloves, a guitar and a xylophone). The girls would all choose the same item, and the boys would choose the other. There were two versions of the video, and the children were randomly assigned to watch Video 1 or Video 2.
The participating child would then be asked which of the items from each pair they preferred. After this, they would be asked if they remembered whether the boys or girls chose each item.
59 children took part in the activity - 26 boys and 33 girls. They ranged in age from just under 4 to 12½ years old. The average age was 9.2 years.
The aim of the activity was to find out whether children are influenced by the gender of the model choosing the item. On average, the children who took part were not overly influenced by the gender of the models in the video. We know this because, on average, the children as a group scored just over 50% for the preference element of the activity. They were very accurate at remembering who (the boys or the girls) chose each of the items in the video - 95% accuracy. Children's scores were also not influenced by their age and gender.
We would like to thank all the children who participated and their parents and guardians. See you at next year's Science Festival!