Women give men more credit in teamwork, study finds.
Women who collaborate with men on managerial activities undervalue their own roles, says a study released on 7 May (M. C. Haynes and M. E. Heilman Pers. Soc. Psych. Bull. http://doi.org/mh8; 2013). Researchers got 330 students to perform tasks such as making staffing decisions with a simulated partner. Women generally gave male but not female partners more credit than they gave themselves — unless they were told that their own work was crucial or well executed. Women who devalue their contributions could be unlikely to seek out roles such as lead investigator on a large collaboration, says co-author Michelle Haynes, a psychologist at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.