Project Overview

Cross-cultural perceptions of women and leadership: Focus on the Middle East

Faculty Sponsor

Carrie Keating (


Psychological and Brain Sciences


How are female leaders perceived in different cultures around the world? We continue this line of inquiry during the summer by developing stimuli ('thin slices' or short videos) to test theories about how women's power is perceived from their nonverbal performances and appearances. Our focus this summer will be on women leaders in the Middle East. Research assistants will be instrumental in finding online sources depicting women in leadership roles, in creating (filming and editing) experimentally-controlled stimuli using local actors, and in the detailed coding of nonverbal signals and cues displayed by leaders and actors. Initial data collection of trait perceptions will be done online (using Qualtrics and/or Mechanical Turk).

Student Qualifications

Knowledge of research design (successful completion of PSYC 200), ability to perform literature reviews (familiarity with PsycInfo and/or other search engines), experience with Final Cut Pro and Qualtrics. Knowledge of Middle Eastern culture and of Arabic is preferred. 

Number of Student Researchers

2 students

Project Length

8-10 weeks

Applications open on 01/03/2020 and close on 03/11/2020

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