"To bluff like a man or fold like a girl?" - Gender biased deceptive behavior in online poker

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Palomäki , J , Yan , J , Modic , D & Laakasuo , M 2016 , ' "To bluff like a man or fold like a girl?" - Gender biased deceptive behavior in online poker ' , PLoS One , vol. 11 , no. 7 , 0157838 . https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0157838

Title: "To bluff like a man or fold like a girl?" - Gender biased deceptive behavior in online poker
Author: Palomäki, Jussi; Yan, Jeff; Modic, David; Laakasuo, Michael
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
Date: 2016-07-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: PLoS One
ISSN: 1932-6203
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/175217
Abstract: Evolutionary psychology suggests that men are more likely than women to deceive to bolster their status and influence. Also gender perception influences deceptive behavior, which is linked to pervasive gender stereotypes: women are typically viewed as weaker and more gullible than men. We assessed bluffing in an online experiment (N = 502), where participants made decisions to bluff or not in simulated poker tasks against opponents represented by avatars. Participants bluffed on average 6% more frequently at poker tables with femaleonly avatars than at tables with male-only or gender mixed avatars-a highly significant effect in games involving repeated decisions. Nonetheless, participants did not believe the avatar genders affected their decisions. Males bluffed 13% more frequently than females. Unlike most economic games employed exclusively in research contexts, online poker is played for money by tens of millions of people worldwide. Thus, gender effects in bluffing have significant monetary consequences for poker players.
Subject: 515 Psychology
6162 Cognitive science
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