Truth and consequences: Using the bogus pipeline to examine sex differences in self‐reported sexuality

  title={Truth and consequences: Using the bogus pipeline to examine sex differences in self‐reported sexuality},
  author={Michele G. Alexander and Terri D. Fisher},
  journal={The Journal of Sex Research},
  pages={27 - 35}
Men report more permissive sexual attitudes and behavior than do women. This experiment tested whether these differences might result from false accommodation to gender norms (distorted reporting consistent with gender stereotypes). Participants completed questionnaires under three conditions. Sex differences in self‐reported sexual behavior were negligible in a bogus pipeline condition in which participants believed lying could be detected, moderate in an anonymous condition, and greatest in… 

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