From Relating Research to Practice:

In this study, 370 students from three middle schools watched 12 clips from selected television shows featuring male and female scientists. After watching each clip, participants completed a study of their “wishful identification” with the scientists, answering questions such as “I want to do the kinds of things they do on the show.” Students showed an overwhelming preference for characters in dramatic television shows such as CSI. The research study also considered broader implications for practice, including a continual reflection on how scientists are portrayed and how to avoid reinforcing problematic gender-based preferences.