Nov. 1 talk will look at 'Psychology, Power and the Sexualization of Women'

Stereotypic sexualization of women will be the next topic examined in the Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Social psychologist Theresa Vescio, an associate professor of psychology and women’s studies at Penn State’s University Park campus, will present her most recent research at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in the campus’ Reed Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

Vescio’s work illustrates subtle stereotypic behaviors of powerful men — most often patronization and sexualization — and documents the adverse effects these behaviors have on lower-power women. She is co-editor of the book “The Social Psychology of Power” and an associate editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes.

The event is hosted by Penn State Behrend’s bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in psychology degree programs and the student Psychology Coalition with support from the Susan Hirt Hagen CORE (Community Outreach, Research and Evaluation), the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Student Activity Fee. For additional information, contact Carol Wilson, assistant professor of psychology, at 814-898-6082 or

Last Updated January 09, 2015