‘Feminine’ science catches girls’ interest

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 12:31 in Psychology & Sociology

What makes scientific topics personally relevant and thus interesting to girls? Researchers found that the reason why girls are less interested in science than boys is that scientific topics are commonly presented in a male context. When scientific concepts in physics, information technology, and statistics were presented in a female friendly way – as for example relating to online shopping or cosmetic surgery - the mean level of girls’ interest rose. However, the boys’ interest in these topics simultaneously decreased.

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