Gender Differences in Social Dominance Orientation: The Role of Cognitive Complexity

  title={Gender Differences in Social Dominance Orientation: The Role of Cognitive Complexity},
  author={Rob Foels and Landon D. Reid},
  journal={Sex Roles},
The present research examined the invariance hypothesis, which predicts lower levels of social dominance orientation (SDO) for women compared to men even when accounting for other factors. Previous research shows that gender linked variables mediate the gender difference in SDO. In two studies using undergraduates in the northeastern U.S., we tested mediation by cognitive complexity, a variable linked to social status but not to gender. Study 1 (n = 117) found that women had higher levels of… 

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