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Humanities Edge Undergraduate Research Symposium | Spring 2021

Psychological Perceptions of Masks: A Comparison of Men and Women by Lauren Jimenez


The aim of the research was to compare both men and women’s thought processes during COVID-19 regarding mask wearing and to see if physical appearance impacts the way people treat us. The current study was created based on the necessity for research on mask wearing and perceptions of mask wearing, given it is such an important part of our lives today. Specifically, gender differences were explored.  An eleven-item survey was created, with eight Likert-style disagree to agree scale and three open ended questions.  Results showed both men and women were similar in their perceptions of mask wearing. Despite some differences, the two genders both shared some similar responses.


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