MalevolentUniformsNHL: Malevolent Uniforms NHL

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Perceived malevolence of uniforms and penalies for National Hockey League (NHL) teams


A data frame with 28 observations on the following 3 variables.

  • NHLTeam Team name

  • NHL_Malevolence Score reflecting the "malevolence" of a team's uniform

  • ZPenMin Z-score for penalty minutes


Participants with no knowledge of the teams rated the jerseys on characteristics such as timid/aggressive, nice/mean and good/bad. The averages of these responses produced a "malevolence" index with higher scores signifying impressions of more malevolent uniforms. To measure aggressiveness, the authors used the amount of penalty minutes converted to z-scores and averaged for each team over the seasons from 1970-1986.


Frank and Gilovich, "The Dark Side of Self- and Social Perception: Black Uniforms and Aggression in Professional Sports", Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 54, No. 1, 1988, p. 74-85.



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