Psychology Professor Clark McCauley Questions Research Linking Hurricane Names to People’s Responses

Posted June 26th, 2014 at 2:47 pm.

Researchers made headlines recently with claims that people view hurricanes with traditionally female names as less dangerous and therefore react differently in preparing and heading warnings.

However, among those who caution against embracing the findings is Bryn Mawr Psychology Professor Clark McCauley.

From Science News:

“A larger sample of male and female storms is needed to confirm that more people die in female versus male hurricanes, McCauley says. The new study compares female hurricanes that have been named since 1950 with male hurricanes that have been named only since 1979, muddying any trends in the data, he adds. In 1979, federal officials began alternating between male and female names for hurricanes.”

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