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Penn State Beaver faculty member to address kids' gender essentialism

9/16/2011 —

A new Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior debuts at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College this month.

The first topic of the new series will be gender essentialism. Clare Conry-Murray, assistant professor of psychology at Penn State Beaver, will discuss “Children’s Reasoning About Gender Equity” at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the Samuel P. “Pat” Black III Conference Center, which is located on the first floor of the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center. Parking will be available in the deck behind the Burke Center, off Technology Drive.

Research shows that children go through a period of gender essentialism around ages 5 to 7, when they see the two sexes as opposites that have little in common. This talk will review a series of studies by Conry-Murray that examine whether gender essentialism influences children’s reasoning about fairness between boys and girls.

The Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior is hosted by Penn State Behrend’s bachelor of psychology degree programs, the Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Organizational Research and Evaluation (CORE) and the campus' School of Humanities and Social Sciences. For additional information, phone Carol Wilson, assistant professor of psychology, at 814-898-6082 or email clw33@psu.edu.

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