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New research published in the December Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggests that the stereotype of computer scientists as unwashed nerds may be partially responsible for the dearth of women in the field, as shown by National Science Foundation statistics.
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Cheryan and colleagues tested this idea by alternately decorating a computer science classroom with objects that earlier surveys pegged as stereotypically geeky—Star Trek posters, videogames and comic books — or with objects that the surveys found to be neutral— coffee mugs, plants and art posters. Thirty-nine college students spent a few minutes in the room, then filled out a questionnaire on their attitudes toward computer science.

Women who spent time in the geeky room reported less interest in computer science than women who saw the neutral room. For male students, however, the room’s décor made no difference.
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Cheryan acknowledges that the geeky classroom setup is a caricature of computer science. But, she points out, people respond to that stereotype whether it’s true or not, and study participants found the nerdy room believable.
Edit: Star Trek Stops Women [anything].
Edited by dharmaBum - 12/17/09 at 11:20am
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"a few minutes in the room"
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Makes me wonder how enthusiastic they were about the field to begin with if some posters and comic books were enough to sway their interest.
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Disagree.
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Whoever wrote this article knows nothing about Star Trek.
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Disagree.
My kinda Mind-Meld.
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So they're suggesting that women aren't ok with being nerds, but guys are? I'm sorry, but I think it probably has more to do with our overall culture, and women being more pushed by society to spend time on their physical appearance rather than their intelligence.

It is pretty sad though, I see it in the gaming industry all the time, there are hardly any women around. It's a freakin' sausage fest!
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Peer pressure changes promising students into dumb zombies, not the existence of star trek or comics.
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whoever wrote this article knows nothing about HRM.

whoever recruited them knows even less.
    
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