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PostSubject: Test Survey on perception of self and norms   Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:02 am

So I had this idea tonight in the bath. I want to test people's perception of characters / media and how they identify with a vaguely written character and insert their mental picture when details are lacking. I will be the first to admit that when I pick up a novel, I have a pretty ready visual image of the character I am reading, then when I read about a detail to the contrary (character is revealed half-way through the book to have red hair, or, turns out Blaise Zabini is male, not female) I often find the character "ruined" and cannot finish the story, or at least feel less attached to them. The ruining bit is another discussion for another day, but I am curious how others percieve vaguely written characters. If you have time, could you complete this survey?

Read the following short story, then answer the questions below. There is absolutely no right or wrong answer. This is a fictional story and the speaker is not me or related to me, the poster.

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The alarm blasted into my head at 7:00 am. I lay there in half-sleep, slowly bringing myself into consciousness and reality. I amused myself before stretching my legs about how it was kinda like the opposite of a lullaby. After several minutes of wishing for more time, and a few attempts to bury my head underneath the pillow, I ended my five-minute feud with morning and got up.

Rubbing the sleep from my eyes, I yawned deeply, smacking my dry mouth and the bad taste it contained. I should have brushed my teeth last night. It took every effort to drag my feet out of bed. I was exhausted last night, and hadn't gotten nearly enough sleep. I fumbled with the light switch to the bathroom, brushing my arms in great swaths against the wall, hoping to catch the switch with my palm on the way in with one smooth action. I missed and had to re-do it. I'd always imagined some sort of internal audience cheering when I did cool things like catching a pencil after it rolls off the table or booing when I tripped and had to self-consciously turn it into some sort of half-dance move just to save face. Even when no one else was around.

I looked in the mirror, and I was taken out of my mind and thrust back into the present once again. I looked at the reflection of my dark skin and wished that my bathroom had a window to let in a bit of sunlight. I sighed. We shouldn't have argued like that last night. At least, not over something so petty. We should have stayed friends. My mind went over the scenario again and again, recalling each word said and how it should have been different. I wondered if things had changed beyond repair, now.

My alarm went off a second time. 8:00. I hadn't even eaten yet! I silently cursed as I grabbed whatever food I could find within reach after getting dressed and flew out the door. I wasn't going to miss the bus this time!






1) While reading this short story, I assumed that the speaker is:



Female
Male


2) I am

Female
Male

3) I assumed that the speaker is


teens
20s
30s
40s
50s

4) I am

teens
20s
30s
40s
50s

5) When reading the first two paragraphs, I assumed that the speaker is (This is a rough estimate. This list is in no way comprehensive, just try to pick the closest you can)

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6) I am

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7) When I got to the phrase “my dark skin” I assumed that the speaker was
(choose the same number if no change)

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Cool I self-identify as

Asian
Black
Caucasian
Hispanic
Middle Eastern
First Nations or Inuit
Mixed
Other or do not identify

9) When you finished the story, especially after the phrase “dark skin” did the character's gender or age change for you?



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PostSubject: Re: Test Survey on perception of self and norms   Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:00 am

1: Unsure.
2: Male
3: Teens
4: Twenties
5: 1-2
6: 7
7: Caucasian
8: The description of the argument made me trend the age downwards.
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PostSubject: Re: Test Survey on perception of self and norms   Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:46 am

1. Female
2. Male
3. 20s
4. 20s
5: 1
6: 1
7: 5
8: White.
9: No.

EDIT: Whoops, seems I skipped 6 as well somehow.


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PostSubject: Re: Test Survey on perception of self and norms   Sun Oct 16, 2011 3:20 pm

Thanks for both your responses. Did either of you skip the "dark skin" question because you saw no change? Sorry, for both I only see eight answers.
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PostSubject: Re: Test Survey on perception of self and norms   Sun Oct 16, 2011 3:53 pm

I skipped the real question 6.
1: Unsure.
2: Male
3: Teens
4: Twenties
5: 1-2
6: 1ish.
7: 7
8: Caucasian
9: The description of the argument made me trend the age downwards.
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PostSubject: Re: Test Survey on perception of self and norms   Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:55 pm

1) Female
2) Female
3) Teens
4) 20's
5) Didn't occur to me
6) 1
7) 7
8 ) Caucasian
9) No
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PostSubject: Re: Test Survey on perception of self and norms   Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:30 pm

1] Not sure, but leaning toward female.
3] Late teens.
4] 30s
5] Didn't picture a skin tone.
6] 2-3ish
7] 4-5ish
8] Caucasian
9] No, but the mention of the bus made me assume the speaker was younger. I'd first thought early twenties.
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PostSubject: Re: Test Survey on perception of self and norms   Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:49 pm

1) Male

2) Female

3) 30s

4) 30s

5) 2

6) I am 1

7) 3

I self-identify as Caucasian

9) Nope. Could have been dark skinned, could have been tanned. Couldn't tell.
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PostSubject: Re: Test Survey on perception of self and norms   Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:13 pm

1) male
2) female
3) teens
4) 20s
5) didnt picture skin tone
6) 1
7) between 4 and 8?
8 ) caucasian
9) no change
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PostSubject: Re: Test Survey on perception of self and norms   Mon Oct 17, 2011 4:55 pm

1) Initial impression was male; quickly became unsure; by the end was leaning towards female
2) Female
3) Teens
4) 20s
5) Didn't picture skin colour
6) 1
7) Between 6 and 8
8 ) Caucasian
9) The description of the bus and the argument made me think teens; I'd initially been thinking 20s
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PostSubject: Re: Test Survey on perception of self and norms   Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:43 pm

1. Male
2. Female
3. 20's
4. 20's.
5. Wasn't picturing a skin color.
6. 2
7. 6
8. Caucasian
9. I think maybe they're younger than I assumed at first.
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PostSubject: Re: Test Survey on perception of self and norms   Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:40 pm


1) While reading this short story, I assumed that the speaker is:[/b]
Female

2) I am

Female
[b]

3) I assumed that the speaker is

20s
30s

4) I am

20s

5) When reading the first two paragraphs, I assumed that the speaker is

Between 2 and 8 - it's just darker than most of the people around her, is the feeling I got.

6) I am

1

7) When I got to the phrase “my dark skin” I assumed that the speaker was

Darker than those around her, but there's nothing to compare it too, so I didn't really form an image there.

Cool I self-identify as

Mixed

9) When you finished the story, especially after the phrase “dark skin” did the character's gender or age change for you?

Nope.
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