student profile: Ms Asha Ganesan


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Transmission of Essentialist Beliefs and its Applications in Gender Inequality

Supervisors: Yoshihisa KASHIMA, Robert BOYD, Ilan DAR-NIMROD

Thesis abstract:

Using experimental studies with a diverse range of participants, this research examines traditional approaches of cultural evolution, focusing on transmission and social learning of essentialist beliefs and its extension into prestige-biased learning from women and men. The main focus of this thesis is examining if there is a preference from biologically-driven essentialist beliefs in transmission of cultural information and if there is a preference to socially-learn from women when their social status is considered. Thus, there are two main themes to this thesis, which are explored through a series of studies. The first involves examining how biologically-based essentialist beliefs (which can be used as justification for gender inequality) are transmitted through generational learning, an experimental method used in cultural evolution. The second involves addressing the influence of social status of men and women in social learning of cultural information, with exploration of potential moderators. The findings could provide novel insights into how cultural information is learnt and transmitted from through diverse groups.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Ganesan, A., MacCann, C. (2018). Coolness as a trait and its relations to the Big Five, self-esteem, social desirability, and action orientation. Personality and Individual Differences, 121, 1-6. [More Information]

Reference Works

  • Ganesan, A. (2017). Ideal self. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

2018

  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Ganesan, A., MacCann, C. (2018). Coolness as a trait and its relations to the Big Five, self-esteem, social desirability, and action orientation. Personality and Individual Differences, 121, 1-6. [More Information]

2017

  • Ganesan, A. (2017). Ideal self. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

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