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Study: People fear, more likely to flee, male-named hurricanes more

Monday, 02 June 2014 05:37
WASHINGTON -- Which scares you more: Hurricane Victor or Hurricane Victoria? People are slightly less likely to flee an oncoming storm with a feminine name than a masculine one, a new study finds. But here is Victoria's secret: Hurricanes with feminine names turn out to be deadlier in the United States than their more macho-sounding counterparts, probably because their monikers make people underestimate their danger, the researchers conclude.
Study: People fear male-named hurricanes more
Monday, 02 June 2014 03:00
WASHINGTON — Which scares you more: Hurricane Victor or Hurricane Victoria? People are slightly less likely to flee an oncoming storm with a feminine name than a masculine one, a new study finds. But here is Victoria's secret: Hurricanes with feminine names turn out to be deadlier in the United States than their more macho-sounding counterparts, probably because their monikers make people underestimate their danger, the researchers conclude.
Hurricane Betty or Bob: Does it matter?
Sunday, 01 June 2014 22:24
STORY HIGHLIGHTSFemale-named hurricanes cause "significantly more deaths," a study findsResearchers analyzed over six decades of death rates from U.S. hurricanesExperiment participants considered hypothetical male storms deadlier than female stormsHurricanes used to be given only female names; now, alphabetical lists alternate genders (CNN) -- Apparently sexism isn't just a social problem -- if you're in the path of a hurricane, gender bias might actually kill you.
Study: Female hurricane names could cause more deaths
Sunday, 01 June 2014 13:12
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Would more residents of New Orleans have evacuated ahead of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 if it had been named Kurt? A study published on Monday suggests they would have, perhaps reducing Katrina's death toll of more than 1,800. Because people unconsciously think a storm with a female name is less dangerous than one with a masculine name, those in its path are less likely to flee, and are therefore more vulnerable…
Study says weak hurricane names could cause more deaths| Photos
Sunday, 01 June 2014 12:02
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Would more residents of New Orleans have evacuated ahead of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 if it had been named Kurt? A study published on Monday suggests they would have, perhaps reducing Katrina's death toll of more than 1,800. Because people unconsciously think a storm with a female name is less dangerous than one with a masculine name, those in its path are less likely to flee, and are therefore more vulnerable…
Study: Weak hurricane names could cause more deaths
Sunday, 01 June 2014 11:22
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Would more residents of New Orleans have evacuated ahead of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 if it had been named Kurt? A study published on Monday suggests they would have, perhaps reducing Katrina's death toll of more than 1,800. Because people unconsciously think a storm with a female name is less dangerous than one with a masculine name, those in its path are less likely to flee, and are therefore more vulnerable…
What's in a (hurricane) name? More deaths
Sunday, 01 June 2014 10:00
NEW YORK - Would more residents of New Orleans have evacuated ahead of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 if it had been named Kurt? A study published on Monday suggests they would have, perhaps reducing Katrina's death toll of more than 1,800. Because people unconsciously think a storm with a female name is less dangerous than one with a masculine name, those in its path are less likely to flee, and are therefore more vulnerable to…
Female-named hurricanes are deadlier because fewer people respect them
Sunday, 01 June 2014 09:52
Don’t call the wind “Mariah.” A new study suggests that people have gender-biased views of the names given to the nation’s hurricanes, and are more likely to fear — and run for cover from — a “Hurricane Ivan” than from, say, a “Hurricane Katrina.” But underestimating a major hurricane just because it is named for a woman could be a deadly mistake.
Hurricanes with feminine names lead to more deaths
Sunday, 01 June 2014 09:42
NEW YORK - Would more residents of New Orleans have evacuated ahead of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 if it had been named Kurt? A study published on Monday suggests they would have, perhaps reducing Katrina's death toll of more than 1,800. Because people unconsciously think a storm with a female name is less dangerous than one with a masculine name, those in its path are less likely to flee, and are therefore more vulnerable to…
What's in a (hurricane) name? More deaths: study
Sunday, 01 June 2014 09:14
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Would more residents of New Orleans have evacuated ahead of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 if it had been named Kurt? A study published on Monday suggests they would have, perhaps reducing Katrina's death toll of more than 1,800. Because people unconsciously think a storm with a female name is less dangerous than one with a masculine name, those in its path are less likely to flee, and are…
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