Sex Roles

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 387–390

Goldberg revisited: What's in an author's name

  • Michele A. Paludi
  • William D. Bauer

DOI: 10.1007/BF00289673

Cite this article as:
Paludi, M.A. & Bauer, W.D. Sex Roles (1983) 9: 387. doi:10.1007/BF00289673


The present research was a replication and extension of Goldberg's 1968 study of performance evaluation. 360 college students (180 male; 180 female) were asked to evaluate an academic article in the fields of politics, psychology of women or education (judged masculine, feminine, and neutral, respectively) that was written either by a male, female, or an author whose name was initialized. Results indicated that the articles were differentially perceived and evaluated according to the name of the author. An article written by a male was evaluated more favorably than if the author was not male. Subjects' bias against women was stronger when they believed the author with the initialized name was female.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michele A. Paludi
    • 1
  • William D. Bauer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyKent State UniversityKent
  2. 2.University of RochesterUSA