The Huron University College Journal of Learning and Motivation

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The Effects of Homosexual Orientation on Perception of Character Quality


It is currently hypothesized that individuals may perceive fictional characters as more or less likeable as a function of whether they are described as homosexual or not. Participants were presented with one of two possible versions of the same story – one version where all characters presented were described as homosexual and another version were no such reference was made. Participants rated their perceptions of how likable the fictional characters were and these results were used as the dependent variable. The Riddle Scale was used to divide participants into two groups of low or high levels of negative attitudes toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) individuals. A two way, between-subjects analysis of variance produced insignificant results. Future research could alter the research design in the hopes of producing significant results or focus on similar but different research focuses.

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