A Proof of Concept Study on Cortisol Response to Three Different Educational Environs (Alone, Same-Sex, and Mixed-Sex)


This proof of concept study assessed student cortisol levels under three environs: 1) alone; 2) same-sex setting; and 3) mixed-sex setting after completing a cognitive task. The results indicated that both males and females demonstrated increased levels in the same-sex environs compared to the other environs. The relevant issue for educators is whether this response is adaptive. Implications of these findings are discussed.

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Forbes, S. , Chesser, S. & Guarino, A. (2013). A Proof of Concept Study on Cortisol Response to Three Different Educational Environs (Alone, Same-Sex, and Mixed-Sex). Creative Education, 4, 9-10. doi: 10.4236/ce.2013.44A002.

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