Current research suggests that gender, gender identity and gender stereotypes impact people’s pain-related behaviour.
Much of this research has shown that gender differences are often visible through non-verbal expressions of pain. These include facial expressions, body postures, and vocalisation.
However, much of this research took place in non-social settings. Our study will explore how certain aspects of gender contribute to this difference when people are exposed to pain while in social settings. We will look at facial expressions and how these are impacted by individuals’ identification with gender, gender stereotypes and roles.
This follows research that suggests that one’s beliefs of gender stereotypes surrounding pain may influence how one perceives and attends to pain.