- 認知科学 (ISSN:13417924)
- vol.24, no.3, pp.300-313, 2017-09-01 (Released:2018-03-01)
The purpose of this study was to examine what information women search about and the information searching process that takes place when they are approached by a male stranger on the street. A total of 82 female Japanese undergraduates performed an information-monitoring task. In this task, participants were shown six scenarios,information list, and response list on the computer display. Each scenario described a situation in which a woman is approached by a male stranger on the street. After presenting the scenario, participants were asked to imagine the situation and recall the response list to decide whether they would talk to the male stranger or not. If participants would need more information before deciding, they could utilize the information list. After participants recalled the response list, participants were also asked how they would feel if they experience the situation in real life. This procedure was done in each of the six scenarios. Results showed that women searched for important information for high social uncertainty at an early stage of the information searching process and for other information at the last stage of the process. However, results suggested that the information searching process only took place when participants did not feel any positive emotions. The details of women ’s information searching process and the relationship between the process and emotions were also discussed.