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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2021, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (12): 2236-2245.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2021.02236

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Are there sex differences in trust levels?

QU Jiachen, GONG Zhe()   

  1. School of Psychology, Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu 610068, China
  • Received:2021-03-05 Published:2021-10-26
  • Contact: GONG Zhe


Academics have different opinions regarding the sex difference in trust level. One group of researchers holds the view of sex differences in trust levels, where risk preference theory supports the view that men have a higher level of trust, and the advantages over the women in the prosocial field provide support for women to have a higher level of trust. However, another group of scholars believe that there is no sex difference in trust level, which is based on the gender similarities hypothesis. Although the views of the two groups and their theoretical foundations have been supported to a certain extent; however, they need to be comprehensively analyzed and clarified about their rationality from the perspectives of research paradigms and cultural differences between the East and the West. Future research use trust measurement methods need to be more rationally, then clarify the sex characteristics of trust in the dynamic process of change, and deepen the research on the neurophysiological mechanism of the trust difference between the sexes, thus fundamentally better reveal the issue of sex differences in trust levels.

Key words: trust, sex, trust game

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