Intoxicated assumptions

Today’s classroom exercise is to [1] read this snippet from a psychology paper, then [2] identify all the assumptions that the authors make about what people think about, then [3] ask yourself if you believe those assumptions.

The paper is What Men Want: The Role of Reflective Opposite-Sex Normative Preferences in Alcohol Use Among College Women,” Joseph W. LaBrie [pictured here], Jessica Cail, Justin F. Hummer, Clayton Neighbors and Andrew Lac, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2009. The authors tell how they asked some young women:

to answer three questions referring to perceived preferences of college males regarding drinking behavior of a female friend, sexual partner, and dating partner: “Which of these do you think college men would most likely want to be friends with?”; “Which of these do you think college men find the most attractive sexually?; Which of these do you think college men would most likely want to date? Response options for all three questions were as follows: 0 (A woman who never drinks any alcohol), 1 (A woman who drinks 1 or 2 drinks when she drinks), 2 (A woman who drinks 3 or 4 drinks when she drinks), 3 (A woman who drinks 5 to 8 drinks when she drinks), and 4 (A woman who drinks 9 or more drinks when she drinks).

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