Evolution of jealousy and mating to be discussed at Penn State Behrend

October 14, 2015

ERIE, Pa. — In the dating game, jealousy is a natural emotion, right? Cory Scherer would argue it’s different for various sectors of the population, and he’s done the research to prove it.

Scherer, associate professor of psychology at Penn State Schuylkill, has conducted evolutionary-based research on sex differences in jealousy with regard to emotional versus sexual infidelity. He will discuss this research and present findings on why widowers are at an advantage in regard to dating when the Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior returns to Penn State Behrend.

Scherer’s talk, “Evolution of Jealousy and Mating: The Psychology of Bisexuals and Widowers,” begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Room 117 of the campus' Reed Union Building. Admission is free and open to the public. This presentation was previously scheduled for last semester but was postponed due to inclement weather.

Scherer’s research focuses on personality trait influences, personal memory, positive psychology, and evolutionary explanations of attraction and jealousy.

“Evolution of Jealousy and Mating: The Psychology of Bisexuals and Widowers” is hosted by Penn State Behrend’s bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in psychology degree programs and by the student Psychology Coalition, with support from the Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach, Research and Evaluation (CORE), 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 clw33@psu.edu.

  • “Evolution of Jealousy and Mating: The Psychology of Bisexuals and Widowers” will be the topic when the Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior returns to Penn State Behrend.

    “Evolution of Jealousy and Mating: The Psychology of Bisexuals and Widowers” will be the topic when the Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior returns to Penn State Behrend on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

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Last Updated October 14, 2015