Heard on Campus: Sheri Berenbaum on gender differences

"Peers are the gender police. There's very high rates of segregation by sex in the playground, and it is a result of children's own preference. There are a number of studies that show you can enforce gender integration by rewarding children who play with opposite sex peers, and then as soon as that reinforcement is removed, they go back to their own ways of doing things." -- Sheri Berenbaum, professor of psychology

Berenbaum hosted the second Research Unplugged conversation of the fall season on Wednesday, Oct. 22. She discussed "Pink for Girls, Blue for Boys: Are Gender Differences Innate or Learned?" with a standing-room only audience of colleagues and community members in the gallery of Penn State's Downtown Theatre. A full podcast of the event will be available on iTunesU and the Research|Penn State Web site http://www.rps.psu.edu/ on Monday, Oct. 27.
 
Research Unplugged is an informal lecture series hosted by Penn State's Office of Research Publications and held at noon Wednesdays in Penn State's Downtown Theatre Center. The afternoon begins with a brief introduction of the topic, followed by an open floor for questions, comments and discussion. The event is free to the public. Complimentary coffee and light refreshments are served.
 
For information, visit http://www.rps.psu.edu/unplugged/.

 

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Last Updated March 19, 2009