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The findings are somewhat surprising given the abundance of men in careers of science and engineering.
In the U.S., a significant gap exists between the number of men and women who choose to study and follow careers in the so-called STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
This is true even though women outperform their male counterparts on mathematical tests in elementary school.
In the new study, Shane Bench, Ph.D., of Washington State University and colleagues examined how people’s biases and previous experiences about their mathematical abilities make them more or less likely to consider pursuing math-related courses and careers.
Research findings appear in the journal Sex Roles.
Two studies were conducted, one using 122 undergraduate students and the other 184 participants. Each group first completed a math test before guessing how well they had fared at providing the right answers.
Bench, S.W. et al (2015). Gender Gaps in Overestimation of Math Performance, Sex Roles. DOI 10.1007/s11199-015-0486-9
Source: PsychCentral.com (blog)